Better Business Bureau Report for
Special Olympics Michigan

Better Business Bureau Report issued April 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires April 2015

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Special Olympics Michigan
Address: 4084 John R Road
  Troy, MI 48085
Phone: 248-688-9603
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated:
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: 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. Athletes are given continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness and athletic skill, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Special Olympics Michigan is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supported almost entirely through corporate funding and individual gifts, without the support of state funds. All Special Olympics Michigan programs and activities are available at no cost to Michigan athletes or their families. The generosity of Michigan organizations, individuals, and statewide businesses enable the program to continue for nearly 20,000 athletes competing throughout Michigan. Over 20,000 volunteers help to deliver these life-changing program to our athletes.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, SOMI's program expenses were:

Summer games 1,055,163
Area Assistance 898,680
Public Relations 749,500
Winter games 705,225
basketball 396,241
Training 386,858
poly hockey 225,554
other events 206,009
Soccer 156,541
summer sports classic 138,679
Total Program Expenses: $4,918,450
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Chief Executive : Lois Arnold, President and CEO

Chair of the Board: Jim Ayres
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Experience Officer, Amways of America

Board Size: 21

Paid Staff Size: 32

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, telephone, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, television, radio, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, cause-related marketing, Mobile Fundraising
Fund raising costs were 19% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $5,164,670, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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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.
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The following information is based on SOMI's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.

Source of Funds  
Contributions and grants 5,164,670
Other Revenue 350,232
Investment Income 103,008
Program service revenue 21,400
Total Income $5,639,310


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 81%  Fund Raising: 16%  Administrative: 3% 

Total income $5,639,310
Program expenses $4,918,450
Fund raising expenses 992,892
Administrative expenses 195,542
Total expenses $6,106,884
Expenses in Excess of Income (467,574)
Beginning net assets 5,323,301
Other Changes in Net Assets 247,894
Ending net assets 5,552,539
Total liabilities 215,808
Total assets $5,768,347

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