Donation & Fundraising Questions

Who should checks be written out to?

Checks can be written out to Special Olympics Illinois or SOILL.

Are donations tax deductible?

Yes! Our tax ID/EIN number is 36-2922811.

How do I track my offline donations?

We have created an Offline Donation Tracking form to help you track your cash and check donations. Don’t forget to record all your donor information (name, address, city, state, zip) so that we can issue a tax letter.

My company offers matching gifts. How does that work towards my total?

Matching gifts are a great way to raise additional funds for your Plunge. As long as we receive the matching gift paperwork BEFORE the donation deadline (March 28, 2021), you will receive credit for the donation towards your fundraising total and incentive levels.

Follow the steps below to see if your gift is eligible for a matching gift:

  • Check our matching gift list to see if your company matches gifts to Special Olympics Illinois. If you don’t see your company listed, reach out to your Human Resources office to see if they’d be interested in matching your contribution.
  • Donate online, by check or cash and make sure to get a gift receipt as proof of your donation. Individuals looking to donate to the Polar Plunge can do so at
  • Obtain a matching gift form from your company’s Human Resources Office.
  • Complete the donor and gift information portion of the matching gift form and mail to:

Special Olympics Illinois
Attn: Matching Gifts
605 East Willow
Normal, IL 61761

For assistance with online matching, email us

Will my supporters automatically receive a receipt or do I need to request one?

Special Olympics Illinois automatically generates receipts for anyone who contributes $100 or more by check, money order, or cash and for whom we have complete and accurate contact information (name and mailing address).  You can track and submit your offline donor information by using this tracking sheet. All donations that are made online via credit card automatically receive a donation receipt via email for any amount.  For offline donations that are less than $100, please provide one yourself by using our downloadable donor receipts form.

Can I utilize social media or other fundraising platforms to raise funds towards my Plunge efforts?

All online fundraising should be done through the provided Fundraising Page created during the registration process. Funds raised through third-party pages (Go Fund Me, Facebook Donations, etc.) cannot be credited towards your fundraising efforts due to a lack of information provided by those companies when distributing funds raised.

I can’t collect all my donations before the Plunge. What do I do?

As long as you have the minimum $100 by the time of the Plunge, you’ll be able to Plunge with us.  Any donations received by March 28, 2021 will be applied to your fundraising efforts and go towards receiving your Plunge Incentives.  To submit donations after the event please complete this offline donation tracking form and mail items to:

Special Olympics Illinois
Attn: Polar Plunge
605 East Willow
Normal, IL 61761