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When you include a gift to Special Olympics in your will or living trust, or by beneficiary designation, you help ensure that all people with intellectual disabilities can lead, thrive, and be valued for who they are!
    • Ways to Give Together, we can provide transformational experiences for people with intellectual disabilities.
    • Frequently Asked Questions
    • Complimentary Resources Complimentary Planning Resources for Special Olympics Supporters

      We are pleased to offer you the following free brochures to assist with your planning. If you have additional questions or would like to request information not reflected in these publications, please reach out to us directly. We are here to help!
    • Sample Bequest Language If you wish to include Special Olympics International, or your local Special Olympics chapter affiliate, or both to receive a gift in your will or other estate plan, it’s important to use the correct legal designation and Tax ID Number (EIN).
    • When Someone You Love Has Special Needs When you have a loved one with special needs, planning for the future is even more important, but can be more complicated. In addition to creating the necessary lifetime plans for yourself and your family, you may be concerned about how to manage care for your loved one and your assets when you are gone.
    • The Champion's Society® The Champion’s Society® members are the guardians who protect our athletes’ future. This exceptional community of supporters is connected by a shared vision to help Special Olympics ensure a safe and quality athlete experience, grow in numbers, and expand our reach to all who wish to participate.
    • Information for Attorneys/Advisors As you consider your clients’ plans, we encourage you to be in touch. We would be happy to help you explore ways to make a big impact and to discuss various giving options while sharing more about our mission and impact over time.
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    “We support many nonprofit organizations, but when we decided to include a gift to Special Olympics in our estate plan, we knew our gift would help improve the lives of others, and we are confident that Special Olympics will be good stewards of our support.”

Ways to Give

The Special Olympics mission remains as vital today as it did when the movement was founded in 1968. Gifts in wills and other legacy gifts will help us ensure that every person with intellectual disabilities can participate in Special Olympics. These meaningful gifts truly fund an inclusive future.
A gift in your will or by beneficiary designation requires no immediate donation, and you can change your mind at any time.
You can name Special Olympics as a secondary or contingent beneficiary, so we only get your gift if your other beneficiaries don’t survive you.
We welcome gifts in any amount. You can leave a small percentage to Special Olympics after your loved ones are cared for.

Why a Gift in Your Will Matters

When Special Olympics was founded in 1968 as a backyard camp for children with intellectual disabilities, Eunice Shriver sought to show that through sports, the lives of people with intellectual disabilities would be transformed and public perceptions would be changed forever.

Today, millions of people around the world are part of a worldwide movement that celebrates the strength in differences.

But for every person with intellectual disabilities who participates in the United States, there are at least 12 more waiting to get in the game.

Too often, people with intellectual disabilities still hear “No, you can’t.” Special Olympics athletes can say with confidence, “Yes, we can!”

Because of you, Special Olympics offers a lifetime of participation: Learn more about our year-round programs:

For more information, please contact us:

Connie Grandmason

Senior Director, Planned Giving
Tel: (202) 536-5541
Toll Free: (866) 690-3951

Sara Deur

Senior Manager, Planned Giving
Tel: (202) 964-2498

Our legal designation: Special Olympics International, Washington, DC, Federal Tax ID 52-0889518

For information about your chapter affiliate.