Big Brothers & Big Sisters of the Big Bend, Inc.
565 E Tennessee St
Tallahassee FL 32308
Contact Information
Address 565 E Tennessee St
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Telephone (850) 3866002
Fax 850 3857382
E-mail info@bbbsbigbend.org
Web and Social Media
Donate Directly to this Organization http://www.bigbendmentoring.org/donate
Donate to this Orgs Endowment Fund at Community Foundation http://cfnf.org/index.cfm?p=ways-to-give
 
 
 
 
 
 
At A Glance
Organization DBA
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend
Former Names
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Tallahassee
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
EIN Number 59-2130789
Year of Incorporation 1984
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $700,000.00
Projected Expenses $685,000.00
Mission Statement
To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Our vision is that all children achieve success in life. 
Needs Statement
The organization is under-capitalized. With over 400+ children on the waiting list, and ironically, over 500+ willing volunteers wanting to become mentors, we don't need to recruit more- we need to meet the demands of the community. Businesses and supporters understand the importance of the investment in strengthening youth outcomes, and we can always build the network of champions. We need:
1) qualified board members;
2) endowment donors to build toward a $100,000 endowment;
3) capital to invest more in marketing and public relations;
4) BIG Alliance members (foot soldiers);
5) clothing donations as a source of additional revenue. 
Impact Statement
We partner with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community and hold ourselves accountable for each child in the program achieving: Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships; Avoidance of risky behaviors; Educational success. 
 
Last year not only did the agency grow in revenue and # of youth served, our agency was recognized for GOLD STANDARD performance by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. We were awarded in June 2014 with the 2013 NATIONAL AGENCY of the YEAR and NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS of the YEAR for small markets. In addition, the agency was selected as the 2014 Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit Agency of the Year. 
 
These awards are a direct result of having high expectations for performance standards and customer service. The "customer" being not only the families and mentors, but also the donors and businesses who invest with us. GOLD STANDARD recognition comes from business operations and youth outcomes standanrds, and not from an application. We are proud of these accomplishments.
 
We expect to operate and delivery quality services with the new "norm" standards that propelled us into the national spotlight. With enhanced customer service, we expect to have similar, if not better: mentoring match 12-month retention rates, length of match, % of monthly match support completed, increases in revenues, and increases n # of youth served. 
 
Background Statement
We partner with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community and hold ourselves accountable for each child in the program achieving: Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships; Avoidance of risky behaviors; Educational success. We have been in Tallahassee for over 42 years.
Service Categories
Big Brother, Big Sisters
Elementary & Secondary Schools
Children's and Youth Services
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Areas
Franklin
Gadsden
Jefferson
Leon
Liberty
Madison
Other
Taylor
Wakulla
Wakulla County Schools
Madison County Schools
Description

This program accounts for 25% of all the children we serve. Having a mom or dad in prison can make growing up more difficult. Children with an incarcerated parent often need additional support and guidance. This program helps broaden their perspectives on what they can achieve in life.

Budget $100,000.00
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), At-Risk Populations,
Short Term Success
- Higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships
- avoidance of risky behaviors
- educational success 
Long term Success

After participating for one year in the Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program, children served will self-report the following:
 ·        They believe they are just as smart as the other kids their age(self-esteem measure)
·        They believe they will graduate high school(self-esteem and academic/life management skills measure)
·        They do not think it is okay to skip school(academic/life management skills and risky behavior measure)
·        They believe it unacceptable to use tobacco, alcohol or drugs(risky behavior and life management skills measure)
·        They believe is not okay to hit someone because they did not like what they did or said(risky behavior and life management skills measure)
·        They believe they have a special adult in their life other than their parents(self-esteem and relationships measure)

Program Success Monitored By

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a learning agency committed to continual evaluation and quality improvements. As the agency grows and succeeds, the Program Director is responsible for examining service performance and addressing areas for improvement. To assess the Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program performance locally, Big Brothers Big Sisters depends upon two evaluation vehicles: The Youth Outcomes Survey and the Strength of Relationship survey.

Description

The target population for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Community-Based 1-to-1 Mentoring Program is youth, ages 6-18, in Leon County.  Youth served in the program face great adversity and are at-risk for low academic performance, poor school attendance, and delinquency.  Many live in troubled, abusive, and/or economically impoverished home environments.  Such youth often lack social skills and consequently struggle to maintain healthy and appropriate peer, teacher, and parent relationships.  Furthermore, they frequently confront drug use and violence as a means of conflictresolution.  Moreover, many of the youth served have low self-esteem and lack the life-management skills necessary to plan for their futures, especially high school graduation, continuing education, or career/vocational attainment.

In keeping with the Big Brothers Big Sisters pledge to serve all children in need regardless of race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, etc., the 82 “Littles” served in the Community-Based 1-to-1 Mentoring Program during the last grant period (FY 2010-2011) were consistently diverse:  31 children (38%) were ages 6-12, 51 children (62%) were ages 13-18, 33% were female, and 67% were male. Ten percent self-identified as Hispanic, 67% as African American, and 23% as Caucasian.

Budget $161,000.00
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), At-Risk Populations, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success
- Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships
- Avoidance of Risky Behaviors
- Educational success 
Long term Success

After participating in the Community-Based 1-to-1 Mentoring Program for one year, children served will self-report the following:

·        They believe they are just as smart as the other kids their age(self-esteem measure)
·        They believe they will graduate high school(self-esteem and academic/life management skills measure)
·        They do not think it is okay to skip school(academic/life management skills and risky behavior measure)
·        They have a good number of friends(self-esteem and relationship measure)
·        They believe it is unacceptable to use tobacco, alcohol or drugs(risky behavior and life management skills measure)
·        They believe they have a special adult in their life other than their parents(self-esteem and relationships measure)

 

Program Success Monitored By

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a learning agency committed to continual evaluation and quality improvements. As the agency grows and succeeds, the Program Director is responsible for examining service performance and addressing areas for improvement. To assess the Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program performance locally, Big Brothers Big Sisters depends upon two evaluation vehicles: The Youth Outcomes Survey and the Strength of Relationship survey.

Description

The target population for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Enhanced School-Based 1-to-1 Mentoring Program is youth, ages 6-18, in Leon County elementary and middle schools, Madison County elementary and middle schools, and Wakulla County elementary and middle schools.. Youth served in the program face great adversity and are at-risk for low academic performance, poor school attendance, and delinquency. Many live in troubled, abusive, and/or economically impoverished home environments. Such youth often lack social skills and consequently struggle to maintain healthy and appropriate peer, teacher, and parent relationships. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters always serves the children identified by teachers and administrators as having the greatest need of mentoring support.

 

 

Budget $135,000.00
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), Children Only (5 - 14 years), At-Risk Populations
Program Success Monitored By

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a learning agency committed to continual evaluation and quality improvements. As the agency grows and succeeds, the Program Director is responsible for examining service performance and addressing areas for improvement. To assess the School-Based 1-to-1 Mentoring Program performance locally, Big Brothers Big Sisters depends on three evaluation vehicles: The Youth Outcomes Survey, the Strength of Relationship survey, and the Florida Outcomes Assessment Report.

Examples of Program Success
- Improved school attendance
- Improved academic achievements
- Greater academic and personal confidence
- Improved school behavior
- Improved literacy
- Better relationships with teachers and other adults 
Description

mentor2.0 is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ technology-enriched 1-to-1 youth mentoring program directly targeting Amos P. Godby High School students. Through partnerships between Big Brothers Big Sisters, schools, companies and individuals, mentor2.0 will support high-impact mentoring relationships, aimed at providing high school students with the support and guidance they need to graduate high school and succeed in college and the workforce.

mentor2.0 maintains the fundamentals of quality mentoring Big Brothers Big Sisters is known for through 1-to-1 relationships, providing professional relationship support and maintaining a focus on safety for the benefit of the mentee and mentor. mentor2.0 expands this by using technology for much of the interaction between the mentee and mentor, reducing the in-person time commitment to once every 4-6 weeks, and supporting the customized curriculum guide throughout the match interaction.

Budget $114,000.00
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served At-Risk Populations, Adults, Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Short Term Success High School graduation
Long term Success College and career readiness outcomes
Program Success Monitored By graduation to next grade level; mastery of college preparation curriculum
Examples of Program Success more youth from poverty environments graduating high school, and completing first year of college.
Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments

Through no fault of their own, children in the targeted service delivery area do not often have access to the resources and supports they require to succeed. Big Brothers & Big Sisters Mentoring Programs have a consistent child waiting list of over 400 youth waiting for a mentor. Big Brothers & Big Sisters knows it cannot even come close to serving all the children in this community who might benefit from a mentor, due to funding and staffing constraints. The list remains steady without any child recruitment or marketing efforts.

Based on national and local poverty statistics, Big Brothers & Big Sisters estimates that 10% of all school-aged children could benefit from the presence of a mentor in their life.  Applying this estimate to Leon County Schools’ population (children over five and under 18) of 36,403 youth, approximately 3,640 children could benefit from mentoring locally (www.quickfacts.census.gov). This figure does not even begin to address the children in the seven other counties within the Big Brothers & Big Sisters of the Big Bend service area.

Board Chair
Board Chair Jennifer Stanford
Company Affiliation Thompson Crawford Smiley, PA
Term July 2014 to June 2016
Email jenn11.florida@gmail.com
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Adam Watson
Company Affiliation Watson & Assoc, CPAs
Term July 2014 to June 2016
Email awatson@mywatsoncpa.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Park Broome First Commerce Credit Union
Nick Calabro Calabro Tax
Jami Coleman Viera Williams, PA
Brent Hartsfield Environmental Engineer
Judge Errol Powell Dept of Administrative Hearings
Sarah Rumph State of Florida, Attorney
Sarah Rumph Florida Parole Commission
David Simison Aging with Dignity
MaryRose Sirianni AT&T
Chester Spellman Volunteer Florida
Jennifer Stanford Thompson, Crawford, & Smiley
Adam Watson Watson & Associates, PA, CPA
Cheryl Williams University of Florida, College of Education
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 6
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 6
Board Meeting Attendance % 65%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 20%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Audit
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Finance
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Louis Garcia
Term Start June 2009
Email ceo@bigbendmentoring.org
Experience
Big Brothers Big Sisters: 2005- Present
University of Florida Residence Life professional, adjunct instructor: 2001-2005
Arizona State University Residence Life professional: 1998-2001
 
  • Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Communications, Advertising; 1994, University of Florida 
  • Master in Education, Counseling Education, 1997, University of Florida
  • Master of Arts in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, 2005, University of Florida
 
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Leah Sandridge 1992 - 2009
Senior Staff
Title Chief Outreach Officer
Experience/Biography
Title Chief Development Officer
Experience/Biography
Staff
Full Time Staff 10
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 560
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 86%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted May 2014
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Small Agency of the YearBig Brothers Big Sisters of America2007
National Big Brother of the YearBig Brothers Big Sisters of America2012
Distinguished Leadership "Pacesetter" Award Finalist, Louis GarciaTallahassee Chamber of Commerce2012
Florida Big Brother of the YearBig Brothers Big Sisters of Florida2011
Florida Big Brother of the YearBig Brothers Big Sisters of Florida2012
Florida Big Brother of the YearBig Brothers Big Sisters Association of Florida2013
Non-Profit of the YearTallahassee Chamber of Commerce2014
National Agency of the Year, Small MarketsBig Brothers Big Sisters of America2013
National Board of Directors of the Year, Small MarketsBig Brothers Big Sisters of America2013
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30 2015
Projected Revenue $700,000.00
Projected Expenses $685,000.00
Endowment Value $12,000.00
Spending Policy Income plus capital appreciation
Form 990s
Audit or In-House Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Dtermination
Detailed Financials
 
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$0$0
Government Contributions$141,710$127,024$116,123
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$141,710$127,024$116,123
Individual Contributions$186,930$286,620$243,894
$0$0$0
$25,061$4,800$14,400
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$57,808$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$22,630$0$0
Other$3,564$3,508$1,012
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$357,722$341,761$313,276
Administration Expense$20,587$17,411$22,294
Fundraising Expense$54,242$54,926$55,787
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.011.020.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%83%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue14%13%15%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$680,450$678,551$669,162
Current Assets$285,493$287,576$265,194
Long-Term Liabilities$272,425$277,569$277,984
Current Liabilities$25,462$23,571$21,621
Total Net Assets$382,563$377,411$369,557
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities11.2112.2012.27
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets40%41%42%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Foundation Comments
  • Financial figures were taken from the audits.
  • Contributions from Foundations and Corporations are included with total for individuals for the 2010 and 2011 fiscal years as they are not separated in the audit.
  • Top 3 funding sources are not reflected above as they are not indicated in the audit.
  • Has an Endowment at the Community Foundation.
Additional Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
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Nonprofit Big Brothers & Big Sisters of the Big Bend, Inc.
Address 565 E Tennessee St
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Primary Phone 850 3866002
Donate with a credit card http://www.bigbendmentoring.org/donate
Donate to Endowment Fund at Community Foundation http://cfnf.org/index.cfm?p=ways-to-give
Contact Email info@bbbsbigbend.org
CEO/Executive Director Louis Garcia
Board Chair Jennifer Stanford
Board Chair Company Affiliation Thompson Crawford Smiley, PA
Year of Incorporation 1984
Former Names
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Tallahassee