Charity Review

Issued: September 2012 Expires: September 2014

United States Olympic Committee

Standards
Not Met
719-632-5551 One Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
www.teamusa.org

Conclusions


United States Olympic Committee (USOC) does not meet the following 4 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 1: Oversight of Operations and Staff - Organizations shall have a board of directors that provides adequate oversight of the charity's operations and its staff. Indication of adequate oversight includes, but is not limited to, regularly scheduled appraisals of the CEO's performance, evidence of disbursement controls such as board approval of the budget, fund raising practices, establishment of a conflict of interest policy, and establishment of accounting procedures sufficient to safeguard charity finances.

USOC does not meet this Standard because its board of directors does not:

  • Have a voting member of the board who is assigned the responsibility of serving as the treasurer. In general, the board’s treasurer helps provide independent oversight of the organization’s finances.

Standard 4: Compensated Board Members - Not more than one or 10% (whichever is greater) directly or indirectly compensated person(s) serving as voting member(s) of the board. Compensated members shall not serve as the board's chair or treasurer.

USOC does not meet this Standard because:

  • Four members out of the fifteen member board of directors (27%) are compensated directly.

Standard 7: Board Approval of Written Report on Effectiveness - Submit to the organization's governing body, for its approval, a written report that outlines the results of the aforementioned performance and effectiveness assessment and recommendations for future actions.

USOC does not meet this Standard because:

  • Although it has produced a written effectiveness assessment report, the report did not include recommendations for future actions.

Standard 9: Fund Raising Expense Ratio - Spending should be no more than 35% of related contributions on fund raising. Related contributions include donations, legacies, and other gifts received as a result of fund raising efforts.

USOC does not meet this Standard because:

  • According to its audited financial statements - consolidated for the year ended December 31, 2010, the organization's fund raising costs were 40% ($19,820,000) of related contributions, which totaled $49,322,000.
In addition, the BBB Wise Giving Alliance requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s governance and oversight, donor privacy, and fundraising disclosures and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 4Standards for Charity Accountability: 3, 5, 18, and 19.
United States Olympic Committee (USOC) meets the remaining 12 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Purpose

Affiliates: United States Olympic Foundaton, Sports Med LLC

Stated Purpose: "to support U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes in achieving sustained competitive excellence and to preserve the Olympic ideals, thereby inspiring all Americans."

Programs


USOC provides direct financial assistance to athletes and national governing bodies (NGBs) of various sports. Logistical and operational support is offered in sending United States teams to the Olympic, Pan-American, and other international Games. Olympic Training Centers offer athletes who are selected by their NGB training facilities for their sports, room and board, and sports medicine care. USOC also works to increase the quality and status of coaching at all levels of sport in the United States. Information is provided to the media and general public to foster greater awareness and participation in Olympic programs, and sports science and technology programs apply the theory and research of sports science to assist athletes in improving their performance. USOC offers testing and monitoring of athletes to ensure compliance with established International standards, and promotes health and excellence in sports accomplished through comprehensive, on-demand health care for athletes.

For the year ended December 31, 2010, USOC's program expenses were:

  
Member support 69,315,000
Olympic training center 22,713,000
International competition 17,879,000
U.S. Paralympics 16,358,000
Drug control 3,598,000
Broadcast properties 3,316,000
Communications 2,687,000
International relations 2,302,000
Sports medicine 2,082,000
Educational and archival services 1,380,000
Sports science and technology 1,236,000
Other 462,000
Coaching programs 362,000
National events 289,000
Program committees 119,000
Total Program Expenses: $144,098,000

Governance & Staff


Chief Executive : Scott A. Blackmun, Chief Executive Officer
Compensation*: 
$638,407

Chair of the Board: Lawrence F. Probst
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Chairman, Electronic Arts

Board Size: 15

Paid Staff Size: 593

*2010 compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.

Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Direct mail, telemarketing, grant proposals, Internet appeals, planned giving, cause-related marketing, and membership appeals.
Fund raising costs were 40% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $49,322,000, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)

Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.

Financial


The following information is based on USOC's audited financial statements - consolidated for the year ended December 31, 2010.

Source of Funds  
Broadcast rights 104,961,000
USOC marks rights income 66,476,000
Contributions 49,322,000
Investment income 21,008,000
Other 15,866,000
Licensing royalty 5,352,000
Total Income $262,985,000


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Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 76%  Fund Raising: 10%  Administrative: 7%  Other Expenses: 7%

Total income $262,985,000
Program expenses $144,098,000
Fund raising expenses 19,820,000
Administrative expenses 14,322,000
Other Expenses 14,035,000
Total expenses $192,275,000
Income in Excess of Expenses 70,710,000
Beginning net assets 290,446,000
Ending net assets 361,156,000
Total liabilities 113,982,000
Total assets $475,138,000

Note: Other expenses in the above financial section includes sales and marketing expenses.

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Standard 1: Oversight of Operations and Staff

Description:

Organizations shall have a board of directors that provides adequate oversight of the charity's operations and its staff. Indication of adequate oversight includes, but is not limited to, regularly scheduled appraisals of the CEO's performance, evidence of disbursement controls such as board approval of the budget, fund raising practices, establishment of a conflict of interest policy, and establishment of accounting procedures sufficient to safeguard charity finances.

USOC does not meet this Standard because its board of directors does not:

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Standard 2: Number of Board Members

Description:

Soliciting organizations shall have a board of directors with a minimum of five voting members.

The organization meets this standard.

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Standard 3: Frequency and Attendance of Board Meetings

Description:

An organization shall have a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings per year of the full governing body with a majority in attendance, with face-to-face participation. A conference call of the full board can substitute for one of the three meetings of the governing body. For all meetings, alternative modes of participation are acceptable for those with physical disabilities.

The BBB is unable to verify if this organization meets this standard.

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Standard 4: Compensated Board Members

Description:

Not more than one or 10% (whichever is greater) directly or indirectly compensated person(s) serving as voting member(s) of the board. Compensated members shall not serve as the board's chair or treasurer.

USOC does not meet this Standard because:

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Standard 5: Conflict of Interest

Description:

No transaction(s) in which any board or staff members have material conflicting interests with the charity resulting from any relationship or business affiliation. Factors that will be considered when concluding whether or not a related party transaction constitutes a conflict of interest and if such a conflict is material, include, but are not limited to: any arm's length procedures established by the charity; the size of the transaction relative to like expenses of the charity; whether the interested party participated in the board vote on the transaction; if competitive bids were sought and whether the transaction is one-time, recurring or ongoing.

The BBB is unable to verify if this organization meets this standard.

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Standard 6: Board Policy on Effectiveness

Description:

Have a board policy of assessing, no less than every two years, the organization's performance and effectiveness and of determining future actions required to achieve its mission.

The organization meets this standard.

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Standard 7: Board Approval of Written Report on Effectiveness

Description:

Submit to the organization's governing body, for its approval, a written report that outlines the results of the aforementioned performance and effectiveness assessment and recommendations for future actions.

USOC does not meet this Standard because:

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Standard 8: Program Service Expense Ratio

Description:

Spend at least 65% of its total expenses on program activities.

The organization meets this standard.

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Standard 9: Fund Raising Expense Ratio

Description:

Spending should be no more than 35% of related contributions on fund raising. Related contributions include donations, legacies, and other gifts received as a result of fund raising efforts.

USOC does not meet this Standard because:

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Standard 10: Ending Net Assets

Description:

Avoid accumulating funds that could be used for current program activities. To meet this standard, the charity's unrestricted net assets available for use should not be more than three times the size of the past year's expenses or three times the size of the current year's budget, whichever is higher.

The organization meets this standard.

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Standard 11: Financial Statements

Description:

Make available to all, on request, complete annual financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. When total annual gross income exceeds $500,000, these statements should be audited in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards. For charities whose annual gross income is less than $500,000, a review by a certified public accountant is sufficient to meet this standard. For charities whose annual gross income is less than $250,000, an internally produced, complete financial statement is sufficient to meet this standard.

The organization meets this standard.

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Standard 12: Detailed Functional Breakdown of Expenses

Description:

Include in the financial statements a breakdown of expenses (e.g., salaries, travel, postage, etc.) that shows what portion of these expenses was allocated to program, fund raising, and administrative activities. If the charity has more than one major program category, the schedule should provide a breakdown for each category.

The organization meets this standard.

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Standard 13: Accuracy of Expenses in Financial Statements

Description:

Accurately report the charity's expenses, including any joint cost allocations, in its financial statements. For example, audited or unaudited statements which inaccurately claim zero fund raising expenses or otherwise understate the amount a charity spends on fund raising, and/or overstate the amount it spends on programs will not meet this standard.

The organization meets this standard.

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Standard 14: Budget

Description:

Have a board-approved annual budget for its current fiscal year, outlining projected expenses for major program activities, fund raising, and administration.

The organization meets this standard.

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Standard 15: Misleading Appeals

Description:

Have solicitations and informational materials, distributed by any means, that are accurate, truthful and not misleading, both in whole and in part. Appeals that omit a clear description of program(s) for which contributions are sought will not meet this standard. A charity should also be able to substantiate that the timing and nature of its expenditures are in accordance with what is stated, expressed, or implied in the charity's solicitations.

The organization meets this standard.

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Standard 16: Annual Report

Description:

Have an annual report available to all, on request, that includes: (a) the organization's mission statement, (b) a summary of the past year's program service accomplishments, (c) a roster of the officers and members of the board of directors, (d) financial information that includes (i) total income in the past fiscal year, (ii) expenses in the same program, fund raising and administrative categories as in the financial statements, and (iii) ending net assets.

The organization meets this standard.

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Standard 17: Web Site Disclosures

Description:

Include on any charity websites that solicit contributions, the same information that is recommended for annual reports, as well as the mailing address of the charity and electronic access to its most recent IRS Form 990.

The organization meets this standard.

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Standard 18: Privacy for Written Appeals & Internet Privacy

Description:

Address privacy concerns of donors by (a) providing in written appeals, at least annually, a means (e.g., such as a check off box) for both new and continuing donors to inform the charity if they do not want their name and address shared outside the organization, (b) providing a clear, prominent and easily accessible privacy policy on any of its websites that tells visitors (i) what information, if any, is being collected about them by the charity and how this information will be used, (ii) how to contact the charity to review personal information collected and request corrections, (iii) how to inform the charity (e.g., a check off box) that the visitor does not wish his/her personal information to be shared outside the organization, and (iv) what security measures the charity has in place to protect personal information.

The BBB is unable to verify if this organization meets this standard.

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Standard 19: Cause Related Marketing

Description:

Clearly disclose how the charity benefits from the sale of products or services (i.e., cause-related marketing) that state or imply that a charity will benefit from a consumer sale or transaction. Such promotions should disclose, at the point of solicitation: (a) the actual or anticipated portion of the purchase price that will benefit the charity (e.g., 5 cents will be contributed to abc charity for every xyz company product sold), (b) the duration of the campaign (e.g., the month of October), (c) any maximum or guaranteed minimum contribution amount (e.g., up to a maximum of $200,000).

The BBB is unable to verify if this organization meets this standard.

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Standard 20: Complaints

Description:

Respond promptly to and act on complaints brought to its attention by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance and/or local Better Business Bureaus about fund raising practices, privacy policy violations and/or other issues.

The organization meets this standard.

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