Big Brothers Big Sisters is not your typical organization. We help children realize their potential and build their futures. We nurture children and strengthen communities. And we couldn’t do any of it without you.
Changing perspectives. Changing lives.For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. Click here to view our 2009 Annual Report and learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Vision: all children achieve success in life.
Bigs have a direct and measurable impact on children’s lives.By participating in our programs,
Little Brothers and Sisters are:
- able to get along better with their families
- 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
- more confident in their schoolwork performance
- 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
- 52% less likely to skip school.
Looking to get involved? Whether you’re interested in donating, volunteering or enrolling your child, Big Brothers Big Sisters offers several types of programs in communities across the country.
Big meets Little.
Big Brothers Big Sisters targets the children who need us most, including those living in single parent homes, growing up in poverty and coping with parental incarceration. Starting something begins with finding a great match between a Big and a Little. Making these matches, and performing all the background work involved with them, is possible because of donations from people like you. It's also why we're able to offer such a wide variety of programs that pair children, ages 6 through 18, with role models in one-to-one relationships.
How a Big becomes a Big—and a Little, a Little.
Before we make a match, we do our homework. After someone expresses an interest in becoming
a Big, they go through an extensive background check and careful interview process. Then we match
Bigs and Littles based on location, personalities and preferences. And we provide full support from
the start, so matches can grow into lasting, fruitful friendships. It’s also important to note that the
entire matching process is made possible through donations—we can’t do what we do best
without them! What’s a Big and Little to do? Each match is unique. Getting together doesn’t require a special occasion or expensive activity—just a few hours every month doing things the Little and Big
already enjoy. For example:
Become a Big >
Learn more about enrolling a child >
Enroll a child >
Learn more about child safety >
What if every child fulfilled his or her potential?
Think how amazing that would be.
Now, you can start more Littles on the path to big things.
Volunteering is fun, big time.
Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most enjoyable things you’ll ever do. Not to mention, one of the most fulfilling. You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by empowering him or her to achieve. And the best part is, it’s actually a lot of fun. You and your Little can share the kinds of activities you already like to do.Play sports together. Go on a hike. Read books. Eat a pizza with extra anchovies. Or just give some advice and inspiration. Whatever it is you enjoy, odds are you’ll enjoy it even more with your Little—and you’ll be making a life-changing impact.
Think you want to be a Big Brother? Learn more >
Think you want to be a Big Sister? Learn more > Volunteering just a few hours a
month with a child can start something amazing. So why not apply to be a Big today.
There are kids out there ready to get started. Are you? There are 21,000 boys ready and
waiting to be matched with Big Brothers across the country right now ... that's double
the number of girls waiting for a Big Sister. You can also make a donation to help fund the
careful one-to-one matching and ongoing professional mentoring support unique to
Big Brothers Big Sisters. Your gift will help match a child facing adversity with an adult mentor. The gift you make today will lead to successful outcomes for that child and his or
her community.Whether you get involved as a volunteer or as a donor, we welcome and
thank you for your support!
Creating a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters
benefits America’s most important asset—our children.
Each one of our partners helps start something.
Partners. Heroes.Successful partnerships with businesses, foundations, and organizations are fundamental to supporting children. They provide for children in need and contribute to brighter futures, better schools, and stronger communities for all. Partners and sponsors can support us through:
Corporate alliances unite your company’s charitable giving with Big Brothers Big Sisters,
protecting and providing a better future for America's children. Learn more>
Community Partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters provide the opportunity for employees
or members of your organization to volunteer in the community. Our volunteer programs also
build teamwork and employee engagement. Learn more>
Foundations and corporations provide grants that enable tremendous organization-wide
growth in the number of children served.
Advocacy partners understand the importance of helping children and support our services
in communities across the country.
Government partners support our mission with necessary grants and fundamental initiatives.
Want to see what our partners and sponsors are saying? Click here>
Start a partnership with us.
Supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters has never been easier.
Click on the following links for more information about becoming a partner.
As a parent, you recognize the potential of your child better than anyone. By giving them the opportunity to be part of Big Brothers Big Sisters, you’re starting them down a path to an even brighter, more promising future.
Make an Impact84% of former Littles surveyed agree their experience influenced them in
showing understanding to those less fortunate.
Real Life StoryJon looks forward to going to baseball games with Jesse.
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Donation StartersNot sure what to give?
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It’s not just a donation.
It’s an investment in a child’s future.
When you donate online to Big Brothers Big Sisters, you join our cause and directly support children in your community. No matter how little or big the amount, donating can start making a difference in the lives of young people around you.
Donating pays dividends.Research shows that our mentoring works. Children with a Big Brother or Big Sister show
real differences in their personal and academic lives. They are more confident in their schoolwork performance, they get along better with their families and they’re 52% less likely to skip school
Your support goes far.
Your financial support helps us provide our programs and services nationally and in your local community—so we can develop more college grads, community leaders and entrepreneurs.
Roughly 90% of every dollar you give goes directly to making and supporting matches between
Littles and Bigs. Great Nonprofits, a leading provider of reviews and ratings of nonprofit
organizations throughout the U.S, has ranked Big Brothers Big Sisters of America as a top
Children's and Families Nonprofit and awarded us a 5-star rating. This means you can rest assured
that we are using donations wisely.
Your financial support starts lots of things, like:
• recruiting new Big Brother and Big Sister volunteers
• covering the costs of background checks, while ensuring trained professionals match
Littles to responsible Bigs
• enabling ongoing supervision and relationship support for every Big, Little and Little’s family
• providing cultural and social activities to enrich the opportunities for children
Become a part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters family today. Donate now>
1 Tierney, J.P., Grossman, J.B., and Resch, N.L. (1995) Making a Difference: An Impact Study of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Philadelphia: Public/Private Ventures