Fundraising Coordinator Update – September 2018

Facebook Fundraising:

In the past year, Facebook has made online fundraising possible through its platform. There are two fundraising avenues via Facebook. A general donate button on your local program page would be in violation of our online giving agreement with Special Olympics International unless it’s linked to the SONA/SOPA approved donation page.

However, Peer to Peer fundraising (for example some athletes have raised money for their birthday as a popular avenue) is permissible. As the 501c3 tax id organization of record, funds raised via Facebook with Special Olympics PA or SOPA local programs listed on the beneficiary are automatically sent to the state office. However, if you make the state office aware of any peer to peer Facebook fundraising efforts happening for your program, we are happy to forward the funds received to you. Please just contact the Development Office to make them aware of the fundraiser and send them a confirmation of the amount raised at the conclusion of the online giving effort. When the funds are received, they will be immediately sent to the proper program.

Upcoming Shared Fundraising Event Opportunities:

Polar Plunges (Programs receive 75% of the net revenue of all funds raised by participants you recruit). Visit

  • Nov. 18: Erie
  • Nov. 30: Philly
  • Jan. 12: Beaver
  • Jan. 26: Eastern and Capitol Area
  • Feb. 2: Winter Games and York
  • Feb. 16: Lehigh
  • Feb. 23: Pittsburgh

Beaver Stadium Run and Virtual BSR (Programs receive 75% of the gross revenue of all funds raised by participants you recruit). Visit

  • Sunday, April 14

SOPA’s Major Gifts Campaign

In January of this year, SOPA embarked on a 3-year, $4 million major gifts campaign running in parallel to the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics International (2018) and Special Olympics PA (2020). We are focused on 4 key pillars: A) Get athletes off the sidelines; B) Healthy Athletes/Healthy Communities; C) Athlete Leadership; D) Unified Sports. We are currently in the quiet phase of our campaign and hope to expand our efforts to include ways for local programs to leverage this campaign for shared revenue opportunities. We are working on how best to make that happen and will update everyone in the near future. Visit