Special Olympics Ontario

65 Overlea Boulevard, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M4H 1P1
Board Chair: Mike Van Hees
CEO: Glenn MacDonell

Charitable Reg. #:11906 8435 RR0001


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Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 75 cents are available for programs.

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About Special Olympics Ontario :

Founded in 1968, Special Olympics Ontario (SOO) provides year-round training and athletic competitions for kids and adults with intellectual disabilities. In F2019, the charity provided 26,196 athletes the opportunity to play in 18 sports and improve their physical skills, which is a 19% increase in total athletes since F2016. Sports are designated as winter, spring, and summer offerings. Winter sports include alpine skiing, curling, figure skating, floor hockey, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and speed skating. Spring sports include five-pin bowling, ten-pin bowling, basketball, powerlifting, rhythmic gymnastics, and swimming. Summer sports include athletics, bocce, golf, soccer, and softball. The charity relies on 12,201 total coaches and volunteers and has 1,165 community clubs in 111 communities.

Programming in F2019 saw 250 bowlers compete at provincial bowling championships, 400 athletes, coaches, and team managers participating at the provincial winter games, and 44 teams compete at the provincial floor hockey championships. Athletes from SOO also represented Canada at the 2019 World Games, where Team Canada brought home 155 medals.

With 49% of participating athletes under the age of 21, SOO places a heavy emphasis on youth programming. Toronto hosted the inaugural Special Olympics Ontario Invitational Youth Games in May 2019, where 2000 athletes competed in five sports over a four-day period. It was the largest Special Olympics games ever hosted in Canada. SOO also runs school programs and events throughout the year, as well as providing educational resources for interested athletes.

On a typical team of ten athletes, nine have problems with flexibility or balance, seven are overweight or obese, four need eyeglasses, four have untreated tooth decay, three would fail a hearing test, and one needs urgent referral to a dentist. To help solve these health issues, Special Olympics Ontario’s Health Athletes Initiative ran 11 athlete events, delivering 2,505 health screenings in F2019. There are eight different health screenings with the goal to improve athletes’ ability to train and compete. Athletes were flagged as requiring follow-up care in 555 screenings.

Healthy Community Healthy Eyes launched in 2019. The program’s goal is to connect athletes and their families to one of four optometrists in the Greater Toronto Area with experience providing care to people with intellectual disabilities. SOO ultimately hopes to scale the program throughout Ontario.

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Results and Impact

Special Olympics Ontario highlights multiple testimonials on its website of athletes who experienced personal growth, made friends, and became better athletes while participating in SOO’s programming.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Special Olympics Ontario's results and impact.

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Special Olympics Ontario is a medium-sized charity with donations and special events revenue of $4.7m in F2019. Administrative costs are 6% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 19% of donations. This means overhead costs are 25%. For every dollar donated, 75 cents go to programs. This is within Ci’s reasonable range.

Special Olympics Ontario has total funding reserves of $5.3m, which can cover 11 months of program costs at the F2019 level.

This charity report is an update that was sent for review to Special Olympics Ontario. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 1, 2020 by Eric Jose. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.2%6.6%7.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 18.6%19.8%21.8%
Total overhead spending 24.8%26.4%29.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 88.8%92.0%124.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 26737845
Goods in kind 1862
Government funding 2,0061,089857
Fees for service 438622779
Lotteries (net) 155157134
Special events 4,3894,3273,513
Investment income 184128106
Total revenues 7,4406,7885,435
Program costs 5,9255,3454,127
Administrative costs 450438410
Fundraising costs 865931775
Total spending 7,2406,7145,313
Cash flow from operations 20174122
Funding reserves 5,2604,9165,119

Note: Ci has presented lottery revenue (Nevada Tickets) net of expenses, decreasing total revenues and expenses by $196k in F2019, $184k in F2018 and by $192k in F2017.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 27

Avg. Compensation: $83,257

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2019

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