Partnership with PMIEF Helps Special Olympics Go for the Gold


30 July 2018

Published inPM Philanthropist (archived)

Athlete holding gold medal

Photograph courtesy of Special Olympics.

A 2017 grant for the “PMIEF – Special Olympics Project Management Center of Excellence” initiative enables the organization to establish a Project Management Center of Excellence to develop and implement a framework for its project planning, execution, governance, and standardization through pragmatic resource allocation. 

In addition, the grant delivers project management fundamentals training to Special Olympics staff worldwide in the organization’s seven regions. Their project management knowledge enhances fundraising efforts, ensures more high-quality programming globally, and strengthens internal and external communications. These competencies are critical as the organization executes a myriad of projects to celebrate its 50th anniversary and in preparation for the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games.

Read more about this grant in “Partnership with PMIEF Helps Special Olympics Go for the Gold.” 

Enjoy a few vignettes featuring Mary Davis, Chief Executive Officer of Special Olympics.


The knowledge we have gained in the first few months alone has energized the team and reiterated the importance of project management strategy in our day-to-day activities.

Mary Davis chief Executive Officer of Special Olympics

Vignette 1: A longtime interest in Special Olympics becoming PM-capable


Vignette 2: Why PM is critical for Special Olympics' success


Vignette 3: What founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver would say about Special Olympics becoming PM-capable