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Donor Charter

Our commitment to you

Special Olympics Ireland is an organisation working to ensure that every person with an intellectual disability has the opportunity, in their local community, to participate in sport and leadership activities that bring life-changing experiences of increased skills, self-confidence and joy. 

Special Olympics depends on the kindness and generosity of our supporters to help to fund its work. In recognition of this support, we make this commitment to you: 

  • As a charity seeking donations from the public Special Olympics Ireland endeavour to comply with the Statement of Guiding Principles on Charitable Fundraising and adhere to the Codes of Best Practice for Fundraising as set out by Charities Institute Ireland. 

  • Our pledge is to treat all our donors with respect, honesty and openness. 

  • We commit to being accountable and transparent so that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in Special Olympics Ireland. 

  • We promise we will effectively apply your gifts to us for their intended purposes. 

  • We commit to effectively managing essential administrative and fundraising costs and ensure they are kept to a minimum.  

  • We will manage your personal information and our database of supporters in compliance with EU General Data Protection Legislation.  

We commit that you, our donors and prospective donors will: 

  • Be informed of the organisation’s mission, the way the organisation intends to use donated resources and receive information about the programmes Special Olympics supports. 

  • Be communicated with, if you so wish, in through the medium and channel of your choice, and provide the opportunity to change these preferences in a timely and simple way. 

  • Be informed of the identity of those serving on the organisation’s governing board, and that the board will exercise prudent judgement in its stewardship responsibilities. 

  • Have access to the organisation’s most recent financial statements, including independently audited accounts in accordance with the Statement of Recommended Practice for Charities. 

  • Be assured your gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given and receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition of your donation. 

  • Be assured that information about your donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law. 

  • Expect that all relationships with individuals representing the charity will be dealt with professionally. 

  • Be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organisation or hired third party agents. 

  • Have easily available the agreed procedures for making and responding to complaints. 

  • Have the opportunity for any names to be deleted from mailing lists and to be informed if the organisation intends to share the mailing lists with third parties. 

  • Receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers to questions you might have of the organisation. 

What to do if you have feedback or wish to make a complaint 

As a supporter of Special Olympics Ireland we value your involvement and feedback, and we invite you to contact us with comments, ideas and interests in volunteering and fundraising. If you do have a comment about any aspect of our work or would like to find out more, you can contact Special Olympics Ireland in writing or by telephone, or visit our website.  

Special Olympics Ireland, 
National Sports Campus, 
Snugborough Road, 
Blanchardstown, 
Dublin 15. 

Tel: +353-1-882-3972 
Email: info@specialolympics.ie