Gift Policy Standards
All donations to Special Olympics, Special Olympics, Inc. or Special Olympics International (“SOI”) support the Special Olympics mission of providing year-round sports training and competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities in communities throughout the United States and abroad.
SOI manages a number of fundraising initiatives with local Programs to make every donated dollar go further for athletes in a Program’s region and around the world. We will carefully consider the needs of the organization and will use your gift where we determine it is most needed, so that all donations may directly and indirectly support Special Olympics in your area. When processing each gift, we will follow documented Special Olympics business rules and agreements, the Donor’s Bill of Rights, and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles standards.
SOI will not accept any restrictions on use of donations less than $10,000; however, if you specifically request at the time of donation that funds be distributed to an accredited Program we will honor such request so long as distribution does not conflict with other Special Olympics policies. If SOI cannot honor a donor’s designation request for a gift of $10,000 or more, the gift will be forwarded to the appropriate local Program or returned to the donor. Third parties to a donation may not change the original designation of a gift. SOI may refuse any gift that does not sufficiently benefit the organization, is in conflict with the Special Olympics mission, puts the reputation of Special Olympics at risk or is prohibited by law.
For donations made using the donate.specialolympics.org website, refunds are available for 15 days after a donation is processed. For donations made using any other system, learn whether refunds are available by getting in touch with the Special Olympics Region office through which the donation was made.
Thank you for your support of Special Olympics.