Boys & Girls Clubs of the Big Bend
P.O. Box 7141
Tallahassee FL 32314
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 7141
Tallahassee, FL 32314
Telephone (850) 656-8100
Fax 850 656-6519
Web and Social Media
Donate Directly to this Organization
Donate to this Orgs Endowment Fund at Community Foundation
Club members thank our donors for supporting the programs that help them Be Great.
At A Glance
Organization DBA
Boys and Girls Club of the Big Bend
Boys and Girls Club
Boys & Girls Club
Tallahassee Boys and Girls Club
Tallahassee Boys and Girls Clubs
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
EIN Number 59-3076558
Year of Incorporation 1992
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $1,105,050.00
Projected Expenses $1,102,146.00
Mission Statement

Our mission is "to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens."

Needs Statement
  1. Monetary Support. 100% of our members are on some type of scholarship to attend the Club with many members attending at zero cost to their families. Several operating costs are not covered by grants or membership dues, so unrestricted donations are required to keep up general operations.
  2. Professional Volunteers. We need retired teachers and individuals with a background in education and child services who will make a long-term commitment to the organization and work with our members on a regular basis.
  3. In-Kind IT support. We need assistance troubleshooting our server network and Internet connectivity when issues arise.
  4. General Contractor for repairs at our Chattahoochee and Miccosukee Club sites.
  5. Permanent administrative office space. We are currently operating out of the front portable at Nims Middle School, but we would like to find a more permanent, long-term home.
Impact Statement
  1. Partnered with Leon County Schools to provide after-school programs on school property
  2. Eliminated monthly costs associated with building
  3. Served dinner to kids and families twice per month at Greg McCray Club/school sites
  4. Increased number of community partnerships, including a newly-developed student organization at FSU to recruit volunteers
  5. Strengthened volunteer program
Goals for upcoming year:
  1. Develop short-term and long-term sustainability plans
  2. Implement short-term sustainability plan
  3. Create clearly defined roles and responsibilities for Board of Directors
  4. Increase number of community partnerships
  5. Find permanent space for administrative office
Background Statement
Since opening our doors in 1992, our mission "to inspire and enable" has never wavered, and we have helped tens of thousands of children and teens in the Big Bend area.  Today, we have over 1,100 registered members and see hundreds of children every day, Monday - Friday, with many special events taking place on Saturdays.  We are open after school during the school year and from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. during the summer.

Our nationally recognized programs in education, character and leadership, healthy lifestyles, the arts, and sports and fitness are proven to help our members stay in school and away from drugs, alcohol and gangs.  Our vision is to assure that all club members are on track to graduate from high school with a plan for their future, demonstrating good character and citizenship and living a healthy lifestyle.  We truly believe it is our responsibility to provide our members with as many positive and confidence-building experiences as we can so that our members can reach their full potential.  Over 80% of our members reside in single-parent homes and over 67% live at or below the poverty line.  We take pride in the fact that we are purposefully located in lower-income neighborhoods - within the areas that truly need us the most.  Without our support, many of our members would never experience the opportunities we provide.  We show our members that they, too, have the ability to rise above their current economic situation and become whatever they want to become.  We believe in them; they know we care about them.
Service Categories
Boys and Girls Clubs (Combined)
Areas of Service
Areas Served
5 Leon Clubs
John G. Riley Elementary, 1400 Indiana St, Tallahassee, FL, 32304
Oak Ridge Elementary, 4530 Shelfer Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32305
R. Frank Nims Middle, 723 W Orange Ave, Tallahassee, FL 32310
Amos P. Godby High, 1717 W Tharpe St, Tallahassee, FL 32303
Carrie Wilson Miccosukee, 15011 Cromartie Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32309
2 Gadsden Clubs
Havana, 705 South US Hwy 27, Havana, 32333
Chattahoochee, 715 S. Main St, Chattahoochee, 34324
Board Chair Statement
From a governance perspective, the challenges are the same on our Board as the many Boards about which I have heard:  that many people wish to serve, but few serve actively.  Due to the difficult economic problems of contracting from 17 clubs down to 4, there has been a lack of support services for the Board and for our administrative staff.  We have overcome this to some extent, but communication between Board members needs to improve.  One hundred percent of our board contributes personal dollars; and they have been unanimous in voting to continue our efforts to right the ship because we all agree that the children are our first priority.  Personally, I have volunteered because I believe that the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Big Bend provides the best chance for graduation for young people who need support from the community to be safe and hopeful for their futures.  The programs of the Boys & Girls Clubs have a proven track record and do it at the lowest cost per student of any dropout prevention provider.  I am a mother of five and a former public defender in the juvenile division.  Those experiences have convinced me that every child needs to feel that someone cares what happens to them.  The boys & Girls Clubs provide that, along with teaching leadership skills and skills to make responsible choices.  Therefore, it is worthy of my time, talent and treasure.  
Sue Anstead, Board Chair
CEO Statement/Executive Director Statement

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Big Bend's most important responsibility is to not only make sure our children are safe, but also to make sure that every child who enters our doors leaves our Clubs every day knowing they have amazing potential to be whatever they want to be!  Too many of our members enter our Clubs believing their future is already carved for them.  Too many of our members enter with labels placed upon them by others who don't even know them.  We truly believe it is our responsibility to give our members hope for a better future and to provide them with as many positive and confidence-building experiences so they have the tools to be successful.  I love the fact that we are purposefully located in lower-income neighborhoods.  I love the fact that previously, we did not have to turn any child away. Unfortunately, however, we have recently had to cap the number of members we can accept because of cost. This cap will have to be lowered even further and will continue through summer 2014, meaning hundreds of children and teenagers who need our help will have no place to go. If we are able to increasing our funding, we will be able to open up the number of kids we are able to serve and not have a wait list.


Even though I do not know of any other program that sees as many kids as we do or has the impact that we do, the Boys & Girls Clubs is unique primarily because of our staff. At any given point, any given day, you can ask any staff member about any child. The staff member doesn't know just the child's name, but he also knows the child's school and grade, the child's family life and his parent's & siblings' names.  He knows what the child likes and what he doesn't like - and the child knows that the staff know this, too. Our members know that we believe in them; our members know that we believe they have the ability to BE GREAT!

Description We offer numerous programs in Education, Arts, Healthy Lifestyles, Character & Leadership, and Sports & Fitness.  Programs range from Power Hour, where the children must do their homework after snack (of course!) to music instruction in percussion, violin, and wind instruments.  We have drug & alcohol prevention and "Money Matters," which teaches our members the importance of saving money, balancing a checkbook and ways to pay for college.  We have organized sports teams in flag football, soccer, baseball, basketball, cheerleading and dance.  Our members learn to play chess and hopefully, this year we will start a debate team.  All our programs are geared toward ensuring our members learn to respect themselves and others, and to make them believe they can BE GREAT!  We also adopted Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Formula for Impact, which is a road map for our Clubs to help ensure that our members achieve measurable outcomes in Academics, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles.
Budget $1,100,000.00
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), Adolescents Only (13-19 years), Families
Short Term Success
Our short term success is measured every nine weeks when report cards are issued.  Every report card is hand checked for grade improvement, behavior marks, and for attendance.  We reward our members who show improvement - not just for A's. 
We also measure short term success by our average daily attendance.  It is said that concerning youth development programs, children vote "by their feet."  Over 70% of our members attend our clubs more then three days per week; and over the past year, our average daily attendance has increased over 50%.  
Another way we measure short term success is when our funders, individual, corporate, and foundations, repeat and/or increase their donations, especially when funders are more focusing more on evidence-based programs.  
Long term Success
Our ultimate goal is that all Club members are on track to graduate from high school with a plan for their future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle.  We start our "members track to graduate" the first day they enter our clubs, because high school graduation actually starts in elementary school.  As part of our admission packet, we require our members give us access to report cards and school records so that we can track their attendance and progress and to offer them assistance in the areas in which they need it to make sure they pass to their next grade.  Our goal is that 90% of our members are on grade-level.  
Along with educational success, our vision also entails that our members will graduate knowing they are part of a much bigger picture and that they, too, have a part to play in helping others. 
Program Success Monitored By As mentioned above, we also monitor our program's success by the number of our members.  At least twice a year, we also ask our members and our members' parents to answer surveys concerning their satisfaction with our Club's safety, staff and programs that we offer. 
Examples of Program Success  Last school year, we implemented an "I'm Perfect" Program.  The program was started to encourage our members to have perfect attendance at school.  In exchange for perfect attendance, we would treat them to a day in Disney World and an "I'm Perfect" t-shirt.  Our very first year, we had 118 children who were "perfect" the first semester and we ended with 48!  Pretty amazing concerning the fact that many of our children are responsible for getting themselves to school because mom or dad is already at work.  We have implemented the Program again this school year and already have the Clubs competing to see who will have the highest percentage of "perfect" kids!  The Program serves as a great motivator for kids to want to go to school.   
Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments
The biggest challenge would have to be finances. While we have made improvements to each of the Clubs, there are still more updates and changes needed to be made for both safety and cosmetic reasons. I've had some people tell me that cosmetic changes aren't important, but I disagree. I have amazing members who, even though they may not come from affluent families, are still entitled to a nice, clean and inviting space. We are trying to teach our members to respect themselves and others, and the facilities we have for them should reflect the same. There are also programs I want to implement. I would like a real art studio at each Club site and a full commercial kitchen at each site, both to feed our members and for cooking classes. I would like for our teen leadership classes to be able to take field trips across the state to visit different Clubs and universities. I would like to have at least two certified teachers for each Club site to work with solely our kindergarteners to ensure they all know their letters, numbers and required sight words. I would like to offer PSAT/SAT/ACT prep courses at each Club site on Saturday mornings. I would like to extend our hours to include every Saturday. I need more buses because we constantly receive calls from parents asking if we could pick up from schools that we simply do not have the resources from which to pick up. My list goes on... A second challenge is remaining relevant, yet appropriate, to our teen population. While we do serve many teens, there are many more that we do not. Some do not necessarily think it is "cool" to hang out at the Boys & Girls Club. A separate teen facility would cure this. Additionally, while we do allow our teens to play video games, violence of any kind is forbidden. Some teens do not like this. Our teens listen to music and dance, but again, both must be appropriate for teens. Teenagers do not need to be listening to music that promotes violence or music that uses vulgar language. They do not need to be gyrating or throwing gang signs when they dance. Unfortunately, with all that teens are exposed to today, imposing limits is sometimes difficult; however, we still have standards that are not negotiable. No sagging pants or mini-skirts allowed!
Board Chair
Board Chair I. Todd Sumner
Company Affiliation Law Offices of I. Todd Sumner
Term Oct 2013 to Sept 2015
Board Members
Tonya Chavis Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation
Lily Etemadi Visit Florida
Lee Garner City of Chattahoochee
Letreze Gooding Florida Association of Counties
Jay Hansli Fidelity Investments
DeWayne Harvey Innovative Health Care Management Services, LLC
Kirk Headley-Perdue Linkages
Brian Horton City of Tallahassee
David Hulse Bank of America
Troy Johnson Tallahassee Primary Care Associates
I. Todd Sumner Law Offices of I. Todd Sumner
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 4
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 69%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Lee Wagner
Term Start July 2014
CEO/Executive Director Current Compensation 87500
Experience A Boys & Girls Club alumnus, Wagner most recently served as the President & CEO at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Georgia (Macon, Ga.), where he oversaw the activities of 27 staff and over 100 volunteers. Wagner transformed the organization through difficult times via strategic partnerships and resource development planning. Previously, Wagner established the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thomas County in Thomasville, Ga., where he served as the Executive Director. Wagner has also served as the Community Program Coordinator for the Kingsport Parks and Recreation Department in Kingsport, Tenn., and as a Club Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta.
Former CEOs
Theresa Flury Oct 2010 - May 2014
Samuel Streit Jan 2000 - Sept 2010
Senior Staff
Title Director of Operations
Title Club Director
Title Club Director
Title Club Director
Title Special Events and Communications/Volunteer Coordinator
Experience/Biography Jaimee graduated from the University of Miami with a B.S. in Communications and worked with Verizon FiOS in New York for 13 months. At Verizon, Jaimee executed marketing and sales events for over 300 residential properties in her assigned territory. While Jaimee was earning her M.A. in Communications from Florida State University, she interned with the Boys & Girls Club of the Big Bend, coordinating logistics for special events and overseeing all communications activities. Jaimee started working full time with the Boys & Girls Club immediately after her graduation, expanding her responsibilities to include overseeing the volunteer program.
Full Time Staff 6
Part Time Staff 44
Volunteers 100
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
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 1
Date Strategic Plan Adopted May 2013
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01 2014
Fiscal Year End Sept 30 2015
Projected Revenue $1,105,050.00
Projected Expenses $1,102,146.00
Endowment Value $5,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 4%
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 Year201220112010
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$508,855$0$0
Individual Contributions$388,633$1,019,079$1,817,879
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$67,878$95,794$95,050
Special Events$80,356$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$52,036$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201220112010
Program Expense$1,002,372$912,424$1,624,451
Administration Expense$64,228$267,199$491,817
Fundraising Expense$52,812$24,943$27,880
Payments to Affiliates$0--$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.031.010.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%76%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%2%2%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201220112010
Total Assets$1,770,961$1,870,921$1,899,719
Current Assets$364,387$391,851$412,308
Long-Term Liabilities$239,367$266,300$1,799,315
Current Liabilities$2,595,408$2,601,876$1,114,022
Total Net Assets$1,063,814($997,255)($1,013,618)
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.140.150.37
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets14%14%95%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Organization Comments
In 2010, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Big Bend was unable to have a complete audit instead we had a Balance Sheet Statement completed. The current administration was not present during the time period for which the statement covered. While our financial situation is less than ideal, we are moving forward with a Board of Directors that have renewed their commitment to the organization and the children we serve. Concerning our endowment, we currently do not have a formalized spending plan. Due to the size of the endowment, we have chosen to simply reinvest the earnings. Our financial policies and procedures are currently being revised which will include a formal endowment spending plan.
Foundation Comments
  • Financial figures were taken from the audits.
  • Contributions from foundations and corporations are included with totals for individuals as they are not separated in the audit or 990.
  • Top 3 funding sources are not reflected above as they are not indicated in the audit or 990.
  • Has an endowment at the Community Foundation.
Additional Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Nonprofit Boys & Girls Clubs of the Big Bend
Address P.O. Box 7141
Tallahassee, FL 32314
Primary Phone 850 656-8100
Donate to Endowment Fund at Community Foundation
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Lee Wagner
Board Chair I. Todd Sumner
Board Chair Company Affiliation Law Offices of I. Todd Sumner
Year of Incorporation 1992