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SOILL Meets BBB Standards for Charity Accountability and For the 2nd Year in a Row, Special Olympics Illinois Attains Coveted Charity Navigator 4-Star Award
Special Olympics Illinois has been awarded and meets the 20 BBB Standards of Charity Accountability. The 20 standards, as they are set by the BBB, relate to Board Oversight, Board Size, Board Meetings, Board Compensation, Conflict of Interest, Effectiveness Policy, Effectiveness Report, Program Expenses, Fund Raising Expenses, Accumulating Funds, Audit Report, Detailed Expense Breakdown, Accurate Expense Reporting, Budget Plan, Truthful Materials, Annual Report, Website Disclosures, Donor Privacy, Cause Marketing Disclosures and Complaints.
We are also proud to let you know that Special Olympics Illinois has earned our second consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the leading charity evaluator in the United States. This is their highest possible rating and indicates that our organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way. Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that Special Olympics Illinois exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in our area of work. Only 31% of the charities they evaluate have received at least 2 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that SOILL outperforms most other charities in America. This designation from Charity Navigator sets Special Olympics Illinois apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public our trustworthiness.
This means that you can be rest assured that Special Olympics Illinois works very hard to be exceptional stewards of your hard earned dollars that are donated to better the lives of SOILL athletes. It is also good to know that when potential donors use Charity Navigator to do research on charities, they donated more than they planned to before viewing their website and influenced over $10 billion in charitable gifts in 2018. So, being held in high regard by Charity Navigator can aid in helping to grow our donations, increasing the opportunity for our athletes.
For access to Special Olympics Illinois Annual Report, click here
Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and over 17,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support.
Special Olympics began in Illinois with the first games at Soldier Field in July 1968 thanks to the efforts of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her peers. There are now more than 4.5 million athletes in 170 countries. Special Olympics is financially sound with diverse revenue streams, a thorough annual budget process and increasing organizational revenue streams. Special Olympics Illinois does not charge athletes or their families to participate in the program.
Provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
- 23,197 athletes (children and adults) with intellectual disabilities
- 19,631 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities
- 48,300 volunteers and coaches
- 201 competitions each year
- 18 Olympic-type sports
- Programs in 11 Regions, each coordinated by a Region Director and a volunteer committee
- Dynamic sports and corporate partnerships
- REAL SPORTS: Deliver high-quality training and competition in an inclusive culture that stresses athletic excellence, rewards determination, emphasizes health and celebrates achievement.
- ATHLETE HEALTH: Promote the overall well-being of people with intellectual disabilities via programs that ensure ongoing access to quality, community-based health care services, highlighted by free health screenings at Special Olympics competitions, games and other venues.
- TRANSFORMATIVE EDUCATION: Equip young people and adult influencers with effective tools and training to create sports, classrooms and community actions that produce friendships and acceptance, driving positive attitude and behavioral change.
- BUILD COMMUNITIES: Marshal resources, implement diverse programming and act as a convening power of stakeholders to drive positive attitudinal and behavioral change toward people with intellectual disabilities in communities statewide, strengthening the fabric of society
Who is eligible to participate?
To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics traditional program, one must be at least 8 years old and identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions: intellectual disabilities, cognitive delays as measured by formal assessment, or significant learning or vocational problems due to cognitive delay that require or have required specially designed instruction. The Special Olympics Young Athletes program was created for children with intellectual disabilities ages 2-7.
Can individuals with profound disabilities participate in Special Olympics?
Yes, through Special Olympics Motor Activities Training Program (MATP), developed by physical educators, physical therapists and recreation therapists. MATP emphasizes training and participation rather then competition.
Are there differences between Special Olympics and Paralympics?
Yes, Special Olympics and the Paralympics are two separate and distinct organizations with specific eligibility requirements.
The Need is Great
The need for services is great as we estimate that Special Olympics Illinois is currently serving about 10 percent of those eligible to participate and is always working to increase this reach. Individual donors account for 65 percent of our donations so we rely on people just like you to ensure that we can continue reaching out to more of those in need. You can do your part to transform lives by making an online donation now!
If you have questions not answered here, please email Special Olympics Illinois.
2019 SOILL FactSheet
SOILL History – Backgrounder
SOILL History – Milestones
2019 Board Roster
2019 Foundation Board Roster
The Assistant Director – Finance is accountable for creating accurate and timely financial records
for the organization and optimizing the organization’s financial position in order to help advance
the Organizational Mission.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
• Records, monitor and reconcile bank accounts, as well as process monthly and annual closings;
recommend resolution for report discrepancies and problems
• Optimizes the handling of bank and deposit relationships and initiate appropriate strategies
to enhance cash position
• Monitors Cash and transfers from cash institutions to ensure proper payments and cash
• Advises organizational leaders of current budgetary information and work with managers to
create a fiscal strategy that aligns with the goals of the organization and practices appropriate
within the industry
• Establishes, monitor and enforce best practices pertaining to the Finance Policy for the
• Manages all AP Functions and journal entries to evaluate process is accurate and timely manner
and in accordance with departmental procedures (Evaluate efficiency semi-annually)
• Troubleshoots for and communicate with team members, management, donors, vendors and external
constituents in a timely, courteous and professional manner regarding financial inquiries
• Coordinates and prepare pertinent information for external accounting firm and auditors
• Works with the Finance Department in the development and maintenance of Finance-related
policies and procedures, facts and forms, and Finance Policy updates
• Participates in development of department goals and objectives and communicate job-specific
activities to better coordinate department activities
• Manages the entering and tracking of Project UNIFY grant budget
• Review all financial entries for end of month closing and end of year closing
• Provides support on other projects and personnel as needed and assigned
• Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, finance or related field
• Five+ years’ related experience, with at least three+ years’ direct accounts
• Excellent computer skills; must be proficient in MS word, Excel, and Power Point software
• Duties require broad conceptual judgment, initiative and ability to deal with complex
• Ability to learn relational databases and manage records housed within those databases
• Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; must have good command of English
• Strong interpersonal and customer service skills
• Ability to multi-task, work under pressure and meet deadlines
• Able to work collectively with the Special Olympics Illinois team
● Based out of Headquarters Office in Normal, IL
● Reports to Senior Director – Finance
● Monday through Friday with occasional evenings and weekends as position demands
● 1-2 event attendance is required annually
● Position is security-sensitive and requires the signature of a Confidential Information and
● Independent in-state travel occasionally required, including some overnight and weekend travel
as an essential function of position
● Physical mobility required: must be able to climb stairs, assist in setup and breakdown at
events, stand or sit for long periods of time, and load and unload vehicles
● Light work required, which involves lifting no more than 20 pounds at a time with frequent
lifting or carrying of objects weighing up to 10 pounds; requires a good deal of walking, standing,
and/or sitting with some pushing and
pulling of arm or leg controls; includes sedentary work
● Close visual acuity required to perform activities such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and/or operation of machines; operating motor vehicles
● Valid driver’s license and proof of insurance is required
● Commensurate with qualifications and experience
● Excellent medical, dental, vision, and disability benefits; 401(k) retirement plan with matching organizational contributions.
● To apply for this position, please send a copy of your resume, reference list, along with a cover letter to Nathan Rudge at firstname.lastname@example.org