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Major Donors & Family Foundations

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Special Olympics is honored to work with committed individuals, families, foundations and institutions who are passionate about the impact their philanthropic investments can make.

Significant gifts from key individuals and foundations have powered our Movement for over 50 years and have been critical to the success of our most important accomplishments. We remain grateful to these key individuals and institutions who are driving our mission forward through their exceptional commitments.

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The Aruna Abhey Oswal Trust provides significant support to Special Olympics programming throughout India, including advancing the movement’s work around health, inclusive sports, leadership development, and youth engagement.

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Using the power of sport to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage.

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Helping build an inclusive society that is open to people with disabilities and special needs.

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For 30 years, PMIEF has helped put youth on the path to success by incorporating project management skills into their daily lives.

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Gertrude Boyle

Philanthropist, Businesswoman, past Chair of Columbia Sportswear and long-time supporter of the Special Olympics movement

P. Jay and Jenny Fortner Family Fund

Special Olympics Board Member and Managing Director Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs

The Honorable Jaime Aleman

Special Olympics Board Member and former Ambassador of Panama

Seun Adigun

Vice Chair of Special Olympics International and President of Special Olympics Italy
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The Raza Family Foundation


  • Gary and Pennie Abramson
  • William Alford and Yuanyuan Shen
  • Sharon Bollenbach
  • Mr. Ernest Bower
  • R. Nicholas Burns & Elizabeth Baylies
  • Clement Chileshe
  • Loretta Claiborne
  • Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci
  • Mary Davis
  • H.E. Luis B. Gallegos
  • Gone Gator Music in honor of Tom Petty
  • Greystone Foundation
  • Mr. Benjamin Haack
  • Lorna Johnson
  • Nils Kastberg
  • The Honorable Na Kyung Won
  • Laureus Sport for Good Foundation
  • Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Foundation
  • Mark and Teresa Little
  • Carolina Picasso
  • Donna de Varona & John Pinto
  • Austin Richard Post
  • Sethness Family Foundation
  • Maria Gabriela Sigala
  • Dave Spencer
  • Margaret and Jack Tarver Foundation
  • The Boston Foundation
  • The Shekels Charitable Fund
  • Natalia Vodianova
  • Washington All Stars
  • Ms. Yang Lan
  • Sigma Tau Gamma
  • Alpha Phi Omega
  • Annenberg Foundation
  • WITH Foundation
  • Alpha Sigma Alpha

Shriver Society

  • Ida Lee Anderson Charitable Trust
  • Barney Family Foundation
  • The Patrick and Anna Cudahy Fund
  • Fondazione Varaldo Di Pietro
  • Dr. Elisabeth Dykens
  • P. Jay and Jenny Fortner Family Fund
  • Joan Ganz Cooney
  • Billy L. Harbert
  • Dale & Yolanda Jones
  • Muhtar and Defne Kent
  • In-Kyung Kim
  • Lebensfeld Foundation
  • Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Foundation
  • Mark London & Dania Fitzgerald
  • Glenn & Jane Lyon
  • Arlene M. Meier and Marshall Meier Foundation
  • The Michael Phelps Foundation
  • Cara Raether
  • Peter Shields
  • Mark Shriver & Jeanne Ripp Shriver
  • G. Christopher and Shanon Smith
  • Bernard & Anne Spitzer
  • Dr. Wing-kun Tam Past International President, Lions Clubs International
  • Anne Finucane and Mike Barnicle
  • The Honorable Robert Shriver III
  • Yolanda Eleta de Varela*
  • The Honorable Jaime Aleman*
  • Gertrude Boyle*
  • Elizabeth and Stephen Carter*
  • Ronak Lakhani*
  • Linda Potter and Timothy Shriver*
  • Ray & Stephanie Lane*
  • Angelo Moratti*
  • Kim Samuel and the Samuel Family Foundation*
  • Ruth and Arne Sorenson*
  • The Raza Family Foundation
  • Aruna Abhey Oswal Trust
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation
  • Golisano Foundation

The Shriver Society is a select group of donors named in honor of our visionary founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her husband, Sargent. Shriver Society membership begins at $10,000 USD donated within one calendar year.

*Shriver Society Founding Member

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Gifts that Give Back

There are many ways you can support Special Olympics’ mission to create a more inclusive world. Explore fun and easy ways to give back to Special Olympics through your purchases and activities below. Thank you for supporting our work to end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities.