Special Olympics New York Earns Guidestar.org Platinum Seal of Transparency As Giving Tuesday 2020 is Celebrated Around the World

Albany, NY – As the world prepares to celebrate Giving Tuesday, Special Olympics New York is proud to announce that GuideStar.org has awarded the statewide organization its highest designation – the Platinum Seal of Transparency – making it one of the most trusted nonprofits in the country.

GuideStar is the most complete source of information publicly available about charities in the United States. Special Olympics New York’s GuideStar listing details its mission statement, data, outcomes, continuing strategies, and more.

“Special Olympics New York transforms the lives of children, youth, and adults with intellectual disabilities in communities across the state by using sport as a catalyst for physical activity, competition, and social inclusion,” said Stacey Hengsterman, President & CEO of Special Olympics New York. “Every financial contribution we receive supports this important mission. The Platinum Seal reaffirms for our donors that an investment in us is not only impactful but protected.”

Special Olympics New York serves more than 68,000 athletes statewide and never charges its athletes, their families, or caregivers for participation. The 501(c)(3) organization receives some federal and state funding but the majority of its multi-million-dollar annual budget is comprised of grants, sponsorships, and donations.

On this #GivingTuesday and for the duration of giving season, the following opportunities are available to provide needed support to Special Olympics New York.

Online Donations: Tax-deductible donations can be made on the organization’s website throughout the year but will have an even greater impact during giving season, as Special Olympics partners have agreed to multiply every donation through Dec. 31st.

Recipe Book Sale: Special Olympics New York and New York State Industries for the Disabled (NYSID) are selling a one-of-a-kind recipe book for the holiday season that includes recipes from athletes, coaches, supporters, and even a few celebrities. All purchases are tax-deductible and will directly support Special Olympics athletes in New York.

Virtual Polar Plunge: Special Olympics New York Polar Plunges for the remainder of the year have been moved to virtual and will be celebrated via social media on Wednesday, Dec. 16. Individuals and teams who wish to participate can register here.


About Special Olympics New York

Special Olympics New York is the largest state chapter in the country, serving more than 68,000 athletes across New York with year-round sports training, athletic competition, and health screenings. The organization also partners with more than 220 schools statewide to offer Unified Sports, where students with and without disabilities compete as teammates. All Special Olympics New York programs are offered at no cost to athletes, their families or caregivers. The organization has earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar.com, making it one of the most trusted charities in the business nationally. For additional information about Special Olympics New York, to learn more about getting involved, or to make a donation, visit www.specialolympicsNY.org.