Special Olympics Florida

Special Olympics Florida earns coveted 4-star rating for sixth year in a row

Recognized for its strong financial health and commitment to accountability by Charity Navigator, Special Olympics Florida ranks in top 8 percent of charitable organizations rated nationwide.

Special Olympics Florida has once again earned top honors for its strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. This is the sixth consecutive time Special Olympics Florida has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

Over the last six years, Special Olympics Florida has more than doubled its impact, now serving more than 51,000 athletes and 33,000 volunteers in addition to providing critical health and wellness services to thousands more across the state. Innovative outreach initiatives include its Unified Champion Schools, which brings education-based inclusion programs to 200 schools and 16 colleges; Young Athletes, an innovative sports play program for children ages 2 to 7 that offers valuable physical, cognitive and social skill development as well as valuable resources for their families; and, Healthy Communities, a statewide initiative that brings free health exams and health advocacy.

“It is important our donors trust that we are using their financial gifts wisely to accomplish our mission to provide year-round sports training, competition and health exams for people with intellectual disabilities,” said Special Olympics Florida President & CEO Sherry Wheelock. “This 4-star rating demonstrates to our supporters our strong stewardship and financial accountability.”

Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. It is the highest rating available. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology.  These Accountability & Transparency metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders.  In June 2016, Charity Navigator upgraded their methodology for rating each charity’s financial health with CN 2.1. These enhancements further substantiate the financial health of four-star charities.

“Special Olympics Florida’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds Special Olympics Florida to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support Special Olympics Florida.”

Special Olympics Florida’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on www.charitynavigator.org.   More-detailed information about Special Olympics Florida’s rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.


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