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SPECIAL OLYMPICS NEW JERSEY INC

Genuine Jersey Pride

aka SONJ   |   Lawrenceville, NJ   |  www.sonj.org

Mission

To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Ruling year info

1983

President & CEO

Heather Andersen

Main address

1 Eunice Kennedy Shriver Way

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 USA

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EIN

23-7448729

NTEE code info

Special Olympics (N72)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Special Olympics (N72)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As evident throughout history, people in societies around the globe hold many misperceptions and negative attitudes towards people with intellectual disabilities (ID). Negative attitudes have been shown to be barriers to inclusion for people with ID in the community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Special Olympics Sports, Competition, Training, Outreach & Health

Serving 26,000 athletes, Special Olympics New Jersey conducts more than 200 competitive events across the state in 24 Olympic-style individual and team sports. Spanning four sports seasons programs provide meaningful training and competition opportunities for persons with intellectual disabilities. In addition to sports Special Olympics New Jersey is providing health and wellness programs, leadership opportunities, summer camp programs and unified sports programming; all completely Free of Charge.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
People with learning disabilities

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, People with intellectual disabilities

Related Program

Special Olympics Sports, Competition, Training, Outreach & Health

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of community initiatives in which the organization participates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Special Olympics New Jersey strives to foster inclusive communities for people with and without intellectual disabilities through innovative sport, health, wellness and leadership opportunities for Special Olympics athletes, their families and society as a whole.

In order to further advance the Special Olympics movement in New Jersey, SONJ must increase the number of registered athletes who participate, increase the depth and quality of programs available to participants, further educate communities, and increase monetary resources in order to sustain and secure long-term viability of programs.

Special Olympics is among the most well-known and well-respected brands in the country. SONJ has an extremely passionate, dedicated staff and over 20,000 volunteers who not only believe in the mission but strive to live by its core values. With a strong fundraising arm and corporate development team, who have consistently proven a capacity for sustainable growth, the future looks bright. SONJ has a variety of corporate sponsors, partners, and positive relationships on the local, state, and even national level. As new opportunities and technologies present themselves, SONJ will strive to remain at the forefront of the industry by continuing to strengthen the brand and expand the organization's reach and impact.

Over the past 50 years, Special Olympics New Jersey has changed the lives and hopes of thousands of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout New Jersey.
For athletes and their families, Special Olympics New Jersey has opened doors to unimagined possibilities. We currently serve over 25,000 registered athletes who compete in more than 250 competitions throughout New Jersey annually. All 21 counties are served and over 300 schools are engaged through unified sports programs. We provide more than 2,500 free health screenings and continue to educate our athletes and communities on the benefits of healthy lifestyles and provide leadership opportunities for our athletes.
For those who volunteer, support, and sponsor the movement, unprecedented pride and hope for a brighter future prevail. Communities continue to be transformed for the schools, towns and counties who host events, creating a more just and understanding environment of inclusion for all, demonstrating the value of every human being to the world.
Special Olympics New Jersey will continue to be a transformative movement so the next 50 years will cultivate a new generation of inclusion and unity, generate permanent change in perspective, and allow the power of sport to transform lives and open minds.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SPECIAL OLYMPICS NEW JERSEY INC

Board of directors
as of 03/05/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jason Finkelstein

Cole Schotz P.C.

Term: 2024 -

Lori Acker

Delta Dental of NJ & CT

Renee Altomonte

TD Bank

Jason Finkelstein

Cole Schotz P.C.

Anthony Lombardino

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Joel Wagner

Ernst & Young, LLP

Robert Belfiore

NJ Law Enforcement Torch Run

Colleen E. Maguire

NJ State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA)

Greg Matteo

JLL

Matthew B. McDonald

Children's Specialized Hospital - RWJBH

Michael Munoz

AmeriHealth New Jersey

Lisa Glesias

Franklin Mutual Insurance

Morgan Hulteen

SONJ Athlete

Jennifer Puetzer

Tommy Hilfiger

Paul Prior

Hinkle, Prior, & Fischer, Attorneys at Law

Elizabeth Berman

Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment

Adam Eng

SONJ Athlete

Tony Juliano

Cresa

Jennifer Lombardi

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John Woodruff

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Angelo J. Onofri

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Jim Anderson

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Joseph Ritzel

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/4/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability