Better Business Bureau Report for
Special Olympics Northern California

Better Business Bureau Report issued February 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires February 2015

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Special Olympics Northern California
Address: 3480 Buskirk Avenue, Suite 340
  Pleasant Hill , CA 94523
Web Address:
Also known as:Special Olympics
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1995, California
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: "to provide athletic opportunities to children and adults with intellectual disabilties, which instill the confidence needed to succeed in life."

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Evaluation Conclusions


Special Olympics Northern California (SONC) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Year-round sports and skills training and competition, offered regionally on teams that meet on evenings and weekends and, where applicable, within school districts. All programs are free to the participating athletes.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, SONC's program expenses were:

Programs 17,429,709
Total Program Expenses: $17,429,709
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Chief Executive : Rick Collett, President & CEO

Chair of the Board: Chuck Koch
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Exec Director, Medi-Cal Strategy, Northern CA Region, Kaiser Found Health Plan

Board Size: 24

Paid Staff Size:

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


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, telephone, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, car donations
Fund raising costs were 7% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $19,561,782, 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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The following information is based on SONC's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.

Source of Funds  
Public Contributions 17,248,883
Special events (net) 1,722,309
Contributions from bequests, estates, and trusts 440,590
Contributions from Special Olympics, Inc. 150,000
Other Revenue 2,401
Total Income $19,564,183


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 91%  Fund Raising: 7%  Administrative: 2% 

Total income $19,564,183
Program expenses $17,429,709
Fund raising expenses 1,387,525
Administrative expenses 477,322
Total expenses $19,294,556
Income in Excess of Expenses 269,627
Beginning net assets 1,605,287
Ending net assets 1,874,914
Total liabilities 411,917
Total assets $2,286,831

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