BBB Charity Review for
Special Olympics Mississippi, Inc.

A BBB Accredited Charity since 6/25/2009


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Charity Contact & Profile

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Business Address: 15 Olympic Way
Madison, MS 39110
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Original Business Start Date: 9/18/1975
Type of Entity: Charity/NonProfit
Helen Parish, Executive Director
Phone Number:
(601) 856-7748
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Evaluation Conclusions

This organization has been evaluated in relation to the 20 Better Business Bureau Standards for Charitable Accountability. This organization meets all those standards.


The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics Athletes and their community.



Special Olympics Mississippi reaches out to citizens with intellectual disabilities to compete in twenty-four official sports and developmental and unified sports programs. The sports are Alpine Skiing, Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Canoeing, Croquet, Equestrian, Figure Skating, Floor Hockey, Golf, Gymnastics, Horseshoes, Power Lifting, Roller Skating, Nordic Skiing, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Table Tennis, and Volleyball.


Southeast Region Winter Games, World & National Games, State Basketball, Law Enforcement Torch Run, Canoeing, State Summer Games, Sports Camp, S.E. Sailing Regatta, Countdown, State Bowling, Equestrian Competition, State Fall Games


Special Olympics Mississippi has started the Healthy Athlete program.  Special Olympics Healthy Athletes is a program that offers a chance for athletes to have their health checked for FREE at state competitions.  Athletes can have their eyes, ears and teeth examined and learn about nutritution and stretching.


Board Size:19
Paid Staff:3

Fundraising Methods

Special Olympics receives its funding through grants, from the business and industrial communities, from civic organizations, and from communities and individuals.

Financial Summary

According to the Audited Financials for the Fiscal Year ended 12/31/2011:

Total Income $1,142,494.00
Total Expenses $1,281,954.00
Gain/Loss for the Year ($139,460.00)

Expense Breakdown
Item Amount % of Expenses
Programs $975,758.00 76.11%
Fund Raising $223,843.00 17.46%
Administrative $82,353.00 6.42%
Miscellaneous $0.00 0.00%

Income Breakdown
Item Amount % of Income
Contributions $877,432.00 76.80%
Program Service Revenue $2,713.00 0.24%
Special Events $254,369.00 22.26%
Dividends $4,185.00 0.37%
Other Investments $3,795.00 0.33%

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Products & Services

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The BBB has requested that Special Olympics Mississippi provide current materials to the Better Business Bureau. When a report is complete, it will be available at no charge by contacting this office. If the organization is a charity, the report also will include the results of an evaluation in relation to the BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. The Better Business Bureau reports on charities and determines if they meet 20 voluntary standards on matters such as charity effectiveness, finances, appeals and governance. It does not evaluate the worthiness of a charitable program

Customer Complaint History

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BBB has processed no customer complaints on this charity in its three year reporting period.

Government Action(s)

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BBB has no information regarding government actions at this time.

Advertising Review

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BBB has no information regarding advertising review at this time.

Additional Information

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Special Olympics Mississippi uses mail and phone solicitations, special events and sponsorship outreach to help fund the organization.

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Report as of: 10/25/2014
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