- Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is a
501(c)(3)non-profit organization whose mission is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with mentors that have a measurable impact on youth.
The group holds a
congressional charterunder Title 36 of the United States Code.
Little Moments, Big Impact
National research has shown that positive relationships between youth and their Big Brothers and Big Sisters mentors have a direct and measurable impact on children's lives. Statistics show that Little Brothers and Sisters are:
*More confident in their schoolwork performance
*Able to get along better with their families
*46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
*27% less likely to begin using alcohol
*52% less likely to skip school. [Joseph P.Tierney and Jean Baldwin Grossman, with Nancy L. Resch. Making a Difference: An Impact Study of Big Brothers Big Sisters. 1995. Philadelphia: Public/Private Ventures. ]
An Accountable Charity
In its most recent review, Big Brothers Big Sisters was selected by
Forbes Magazineas one of its top ten charities, making the publication’s “gold star” list of charities worthy of donor consideration. The magazine surveyed 200 non-profits and rated them on how efficiently they collect and distribute dollars. Forbes looked at three categories: charitable commitment; fundraising efficiency, and donor dependency.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is rated a 4-star charity by
Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator. The top rating reflects organizational efficiency and capacity. [ [http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm/bay/search.summary/orgid/5082.htm Charity Navigator] . Retrieved February 2, 2007.]
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America meets the BBB Wise Giving Alliance's Standards for Charity Accountability. [ [http://www.give.org/seal.asp?ID=17411302005&msource=0602ENv3&tr=y&auid=1435214 BBB Wise Giving Alliance] . Retrieved February 2, 2007.]
Big Brothers Big Sisters received the
American Institute of Philanthropy's highest rating, an A+ [ [http://www.charitywatch.org/toprated.html?msource=0602ENv3&tr=y&auid=1435215 Charity Watch] . Retrieved February 2, 2007.] .
In 1904, a young
New York Citycourt clerk named Ernest Kent Coulterwas seeing more and more boys come through his courtroom. He recognized that caring adults could help many of these kids stay out of trouble, and he set out to find volunteers. That marked the beginning of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York Cityand the Big Brothers movement. By 1916, Big Brothers had spread to 96 cities across the country.
At around the same time, the members of a group called
Ladies of Charitywere befriending girls who had come through the New York Children’s Court. That group would later become Catholic Big Sisters.
Both groups continued to work independently until 1977, when Big Brothers of America and
Big Sisters Internationaljoined forces and became Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
Big Brothers Big Sisters currently operates in all 50 states and in 12 countries around the world. [ [http://www.bbbs.org/site/c.diJKKYPLJvH/b.1539759/k.2640/Who_We_Are.htm Who We Are] . Retrieved February 2, 2007.]
History of Organization
*1902 Coulter, a court clerk, helps organize the first New York Children's Court, under Judge Julius Mayer; Ladies of Charity, later Catholic Big Sisters of New York, starts to befriend girls who come before the New York Children's Court
Irvin F. Westheimerbefriends a young boy in Cincinnati, OH; seeds sown for the start of Big Brothers in Cincinnati
*1904 Ernest Coulter founds the organized Big Brothers movement by obtaining 39 volunteers, who each agree to befriend one boy
New York Timesreports Big Brothers activity in 26 cities
*1914 Ernest Coulter embarks on nationwide lecture tour on behalf of Big Brothers; planning begins for a national Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization
*1916 Big Brothers work spreads to 96 cities
*1917 The first national conference of Big Brothers and Big Sisters organizations is held in
Grand Rapids, MI., leading to the later organization of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Federation
*1923 Big Sisters work geared to
African-Americansis underway in Louisville, KYand Brooklyn, NY; Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.becomes treasurer of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Federation; First motion picture based on a Big and Little Brother relationship is released by Paramount Pictures
*1925 Big Brothers and Big Sisters Federation holds its first conference for agency executives; President
Calvin Coolidgebecomes patron of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Federation
*1930 Six hundred delegates attend a Big Brothers and Big Sisters Federation meeting in New York City
*1934 President and Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt become patrons of Big Brothers and Big Sisters Federation
*1940 National Committee on Big Brothers and Big Sisters service is created to continue to pursue the formation of a national group
*1947 Big Brothers Association headquarters opens in
1948 Norman Rockwellproduces the sketch that becomes a symbol for the Big Brothers Association
*1951 Big Brothers of the Year Program begins, Associate Justice Tom Clark of the
U.S. Supreme Courtand J. Edgar Hooverare named
*1952 Ernest Coulter dies
*1958 Big Brothers Association is chartered by Congress
*1969 Big Brothers Association grows to 150 affiliated agencies
*1970 Big Sisters International is incorporated
*1971 Big Brothers Association reports 208 affiliates
*1977 Big Sisters International and Big Brothers Association merge, forming Big Brothers Big Sisters of America with 357 agencies, mostly independent agencies with their own nonprofit status and governing board
*1984 Big Brothers Big Sisters of America occupies its new headquarters at 230 North 13th Street in Philadelphia
*1985 Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is honored with a commemorative stamp by the Postmaster General
Public/Private Venturesbegins study to gauge impact on youth of having a Big Brother or Sister
*1995 Public/Private Ventures Study research shows measurable, positive results on youth who have a Big Brother or Sister--seminal research in the field of youth mentoring
Bill Clintonholds Volunteer Summit in Philadelphia; Big Brothers Big Sisters plays key role
*1998 Big Brothers Big Sisters International is founded
*2000 Big Brothers Big Sisters in Schools becomes a core program. Partnerships with schools and volunteer-rich organizations such as churches, colleges, employers, and fraternities are emphasized. The
AmachiBig Brothers Big Sisters program which matches children of prisoners with church congregants is piloted.
*2001 The slogan "Little Moments, Big Magic" is introduced
*2002 The Service Delivery System, consistent approach for providing services to children at all agencies is created to increase Big Brothers Big Sisters’ ability to offer quality services to greater numbers of youth
George W. Bushannounces three-year $450 million mentoring initiative in his State of the Union Address
*2004 Founding agency Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City celebrates centennial anniversary.
First Lady Laura Bushstars in a public service announcement to recruit volunteers across the nation
*2007 Glamour Reel Moments is donating $1 each time someone downloads the title track (Up to $10,000) [ [http://www.glamalert.com/reelmoments/ Glamour Reel Moments] . Retrieved November 7, 2007.]
* [http://www.BigBrothersBigSisters.org BBBS of America]
* [http://www.bbbsi.org BBBS International]
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