Estate Gifts

Make a Pledge to a Brighter Future

Planned gifts make a difference in the lives of athletes and in their communities. Making a planned gift today shows your community what you value and support. It also helps us plan for a better tomorrow. No matter how you choose to help Special Olympics Illinois, we make sure your gift does the most it can. Please pledge your support today.




Something as simple as your signature could change the life of a person with an intellectual disability.


Generally, Planned Giving refers to deferred gifts—gifts that are not coming to us now, but are committed to us for future support.  Planned gifts allow you to combine your charitable giving goals with your estate and financial needs.  If you have included Special Olympics Illinois in your estate plans, please let us know so that we can thank you properly.


Bequest – You can designate a specific dollar amount, or a percentage of your assets, directly to Special Olympics Illinois.  Here is sample bequest language that you can take to your attorney:


“I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to Special Olympics Illinois, located at 605 East Willow Street, Normal, IL  61761-2682 [insert written amount of gift, percentage of the estate or residuary of estate, or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose.”


Insurance Policies,  Stock Portfolios and Retirement Accounts – It is relatively easy to designate Special Olympics Illinois as the direct beneficiary of an insurance policy, your stock/securities account or an IRA.  If a family member is the beneficiary, you could also make us a contingent beneficiary, in the event that your family member has passed away at the time your estate is being settled.


Charitable Remainder Trusts – Special Olympics Illinois can be designated to receive any remaining assets left in a trust account after the person using the trust passes away. This can be done with a variety of trust accounts, including a Special Needs Trust that you created for a family member with a disability.  By donating the remainder of this trust to Special Olympics Illinois, you are establishing their legacy as well as your own.


Special Olympics Illinois is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, which means your donation will be tax deductible as allowed by law.



To make an Estate Gift, contact one of our regional offices:


Northern Regional Office
500 Waters Edge, Suite 100
Lombard, IL 60148


State Headquarters
605 E. Willow Street
Normal, IL 61761


Southern Regional Office
1318 Mercantile Drive
Highland, IL 62249


For assistance, contact Shon Morris at 630-942-5618 or