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We often get asked what is and is not permissible with regards to online giving for Local Programs in Pennsylvania. Please review the below snapshot as a guideline and feel free to contact Eric Cushing at 610-630-9450 ext. 229 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any additional questions or needs for further clarification.

  • Local Programs, per our agreement with Special Olympics International (SOI), cannot have a general ‘Donate Now’ button on their website. Even the State Office’s ‘Donate Now’ button is linked to SOI as part of an overall campaign revenue share for which there is a contract in place.
  • Local programs may utilize online giving when hosting an event. For example, programs can create an EventBrite ( page to sell tickets or to sign runners up for a 5K. Local programs are also encouraged (where possible) to be a part of state-led revenue share events like the Beaver Stadium Run or a Polar Plunge where your participants can sign up and then share an online link to accept donations in support of your participation.
  • Local programs may list ‘How to Give’ instructions anywhere online – encouraging folks to mail checks or providing a phone number where they can call and give a credit card donation. You may also have a printable donation form that can be filled out and faxed or mailed back to the organization with donation information.
  • It is permissible to use social media as a tool to request “event-related” donations such as plunger support, ticket purchases, registration sign ups, etc. You can also provide a link to a page that requests that donations be mailed or phoned in. However, linking back to a general ‘Donate Now’ button or any sort of general operating online solicitation of any sort via social media is not permissible.