Better Business Bureau Report for
Special Children's Charities

Better Business Bureau Report issued December 2016
Better Business Bureau Report expires December 2018


Does not meet one or more standards
This charity does not meet one or more of the 20 standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...


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Charity Contact Information

Name: Special Children's Charities
Address: 541 N. Fairbanks Court
4th Floor
  Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-527-3743
Web Address: www.sochicago.org
Also known as:Special Olympics Chicago
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1969, Illinois
Affiliates: Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Park District, Special Olympics Illinois
Stated Purpose: Special Children's Charities has been supporting Special Olympics Chicago programs since 1969. Special Children’s Charities’ primary mission is to promote, foster and encourage physical and mental health and improvement for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and closely related developmental disabilities. POLAR PLUNGE Special Children's Charities has been supporting Special Olympics Chicago programs since 1969. Created by Jack McHugh, Special Children’s Charities’ primary mission is to promote, foster and encourage physical and mental health and improvement for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and closely related developmental disabilities. In cooperation with the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Schools and Special Olympics Illinois, Special Children’s Charities is committed to providing year-round sports training, recreational and social programs for the children and adults of Special Olympics Chicago.

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Evaluation Conclusions

              

Special Children's Charities does not meet the following 3 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 6: Board Policy on Effectiveness - Have a board policy of assessing, no less than every two years, the organization's performance and effectiveness and of determining future actions required to achieve its mission.

Special Children's Charities does not meet this Standard because:

  • The board of directors does not have a written policy stating that, at least every two years, an appraisal be done assessing the organization’s performance and effectiveness and determining future actions required to achieve its mission.

Standard 16: Annual Report - Have an annual report available to all, on request, that includes: (a) the organization's mission statement, (b) a summary of the past year's program service accomplishments, (c) a roster of the officers and members of the board of directors, (d) financial information that includes (i) total income in the past fiscal year, (ii) expenses in the same program, fund raising and administrative categories as in the financial statements, and (iii) ending net assets.

Special Children's Charities does not meet this standard because:

  • The organization states it does not have an annual report covering activities conducted in the past year.

Standard 17: Web Site Disclosures - Include on any charity websites that solicit contributions, the same information that is recommended for annual reports, as well as the mailing address of the charity and electronic access to its most recent IRS Form 990.

Special Children's Charities does not meet this Standard because the organization's website, www.sochicago.org, does not include all of the recommended information for those charity websites that solicit for donations. Specifically, it does not include:

  • Total income.
  • Total program expenses.
  • Total fund raising expenses.
  • Total administrative expenses.
  • End of year net assets.
  • Electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.
In addition, the BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s effectiveness measures, finances, and solicitation materials and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 9Standards for Charity Accountability: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15.
Special Children's Charities meets the remaining 8 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Programs

              

Special Olympics Chicago is one of 17 areas of Special Olympics Illinois offering training and competition in 22 sports. Athletes learn fundamentals, rules and strategies from their coaches during a training period prior to competition. Competitions are held at the area, regional and state levels. Special Olympics Chicago also provides motor activities training programs for persons with severe and profound disabilities. Our reach extends across 22 Chicago Parks, 132 Chicago Public Schools, and 23 Agency locations. We organize over 50 competitions throughout the year.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, Special Children's Charities's program expenses were:

  
Transportation
Food
Total Program Expenses: $
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Governance

              

Chief Executive : Susan Nicholl, Executive Director
Compensation*: 

Chair of the Board: Kevin Magnuson
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Attorney

Board Size: 23

Paid Staff Size: 8

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising

              

Method(s) Used:

telephone, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, television, radio, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 25% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $2,074,350, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status

              

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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Financial

              

The following information is based on Special Children's Charities's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015.

Source of Funds  
Special Events 1,902,350
Public Support 172,000
Total Income $2,074,350


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Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 0  Fund Raising: 0  Administrative: 0 

Total income $2,074,350
Program expenses $1,211,000
Fund raising expenses 509,000
Administrative expenses 199,500
Total expenses $0
0
Beginning net assets 0
Ending net assets 0
Total liabilities 0
Total assets $0


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