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Big Brothers Big Sisters Fact Sheet
Big Brothers Big Sisters helps at-risk children beat the odds. Through the generosity of a variety of funding sources including individual donors, corporations, governmental entities, and foundations we have the resources necessary to carry out our mission, which includes conducting background checks on volunteers to ensure child safety. Donor support also allows us to provide ongoing support for children, families, and volunteers to build and sustain long-lasting relationships, which are key to successful mentoring. Big Brothers Big Sisters is proven by independent research to improve children’s odds for succeeding in school, behaving nonviolently, avoiding drugs and alcohol, and breaking negative cycles. Headquartered in Philadelphia and with nearly 400 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves a quarter of a million children. For the past 37 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County has served over 16,000 children.
Independent research shows Big Brothers Big Sisters has a measurable, positive impact in children’s lives. In a nationwide study, Little Brothers and Little Sisters were:
- 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
- 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
- 52% less likely to skip school
- 37% less likely to skip a class
- more confident of their performance in schoolwork
- one-third less likely to hit someone
- getting along better with their families
- Community-Based Mentoring – traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters one-to-one mentoring, a few hours a couple of times a month.
- School-Based Mentoring – one-to-one mentoring that takes place at school.
- InspireWithinTM – created to provide mentors to young adults in protective care and transitioning out of foster care in preparation for independent living.
- Mentoring Children of Promise – mentoring children of incarcerated parents.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of American.
- The agency received Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s Quality Award at the Nationwide Leadership Summit in June 2010. Our agency is one of only six of the national mentoring organization’s agencies to receive this honor.
- As responsible stewards of the donations we receive, 86% is directed toward our program costs to provide services to the children in our community. Management constitutes 9% of our costs and 5% goes toward resource development.
- Charity Navigator, 4-star (highest) rating for organizational efficiency
- Better Business Bureau, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America meets all of its standards for Charity Accountability
- Independent Charities Seal of Excellence
History in Brief
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s roots date to 1904, when Ernest Coulter, a New York City court clerk, established Big Brothers to match caring adults with young people who were getting into trouble. At the same time, members of Ladies of Charity were befriending girls who had come through the New York Children’s Court. That group would later become Catholic Big Sisters, and subsequently, Big Sisters International. These groups worked independently until 1977, when Big Brothers Association and Big Sisters International joined forces and became Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Big Brothers Big Sisters International was founded in 1998, and now serves children in 12 countries.