BIG BROTHS BIG SISTERS OF THE MIDLANDS

Defenders of Potential

aka BBBSM   |   Omaha, NE   |  http://www.bbbsomaha.org/

Mission

Create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

Ruling year info

1963

President/CEO

Ms. Nichole M. Turgeon

Main address

1209 Harney Street Suite 110

Omaha, NE 68102 USA

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EIN

47-0466144

NTEE code info

Big Brothers, Big Sisters (O31)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community Based Mentoring Program

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands began in 1959 with a small group of men who became mentors to boys who needed a positive male figure in their lives. Today, we serve youth between the ages of 7 and 21 across the seven county Omaha/Council Bluffs metro area. Bigs, Littles and their families come from all walks of life. Every youth in our program has a personal desire to have a mentor, as well as a parent/guardian who feels they would benefit from having a mentor. What Bigs have in common is a willingness to support a youth and have some fun.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands serves approximately 1,000 youth in the metro area every year. Our local agency is one of the most successful of the national organization’s nearly 300 affiliates. The agency has received many accolades including Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s 2017 Mid-Large Agency of the Year, 2017 Pinnacle Award, 2018 Board of the Year, 2019 Mid-Large Agency of the Year and The NonProfit Times named us “Best Small Nonprofit to Work For” in 2017 and 2020.

Our donor and volunteer supported agency is able to provide strong and long-lasting, mentoring relationships for youth in the greater Omaha community.

In 2020, Big Brothers Big Sisters…
• Created 91 new mentoring relationships
• Provided free virtual activities for our matches
• Interviewed 192 volunteers to become a Big
• Hosted virtual information sessions to train volunteers
• Interviewed 198 Littles to be in the program
• Made 7,704 Match Support contacts to ensure quality, life-long relationships

This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters is on the path to serve 867 youth by the end of 2021. The agency is proud to share that 85% of all mentoring matches in our community-based program lasted for a minimum of 12 months or longer, leading to positive outcomes for our Littles. This is 16% higher than the Big Brothers Big Sisters national average.

In 2020, the agency continued to provide quality service and was able to serve more youth within our special populations including Foster Care youth and our Latino mentoring program. We served 83 foster care youth and 177 Latino youth. Our most recent Youth Outcome Survey revealed 99% of youth in the program showed positive outcomes in one or more of the following categories: social acceptance, scholastic competency, educational expectations, grades, risk attitudes, or parental trust.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Mid Sized Agency of the Year 2007

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Mid-Large Board of the Year 2017

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Mid-Large Board of the Year 2015

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Mid-Large Agency of the Year 2016

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Ranked #1 Small Nonprofit to Work For 2017

Nonprofit Times Fifty Best Nonprofits to Work For

Business Excellence Award 2016

Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce

Mid-Large Agency of the Year 2019

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Ranked Top 10 Small Nonprofit to Work For 2020

Nonprofit Times Fifty Best Nonprofits to Work For

Quality Award 2020

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Board of the Year 2020

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Ranked Top 30 Small Nonprofit to Work For 2021

Nonprofit Times Fifty Best Nonprofits to Work For

Business Excellence Award 2021

Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2009

Chamber of Commerce 2000

Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter 1959

Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce 2015

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of youth who demonstrate that they avoid risky behaviors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Based Mentoring Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students showing improvement in test scores

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Based Mentoring Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed social skills (e.g., interpersonal communication, conflict resolution)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Based Mentoring Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who have maintained or decreased the amount of school discipline they experienced

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Based Mentoring Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who have maintained or decreased their engagement in illegal activity, including status offenses

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Based Mentoring Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who have maintained or decrease their level of participation in bullying

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Based Mentoring Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who have maintained or decreased their use of illegal substances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Based Mentoring Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who have maintained or improved their Academic Performance/Grades

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Based Mentoring Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who have maintained or improved their overall educational expectations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Based Mentoring Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who have maintained or improved their level of School Connectedness

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Based Mentoring Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who have maintained or improved their ability to regulate their emotions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Based Mentoring Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who have maintained or improved of their levels of social competency

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Based Mentoring Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who have decreased their level of depressive symptoms

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Based Mentoring Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Key goals for 2022 include:

A 12-month match retention rate of 82% or higher. We know from research the best outcomes for youth happen when they are matched for their mentor for 1 year or longer so we consider the 12-month match retention rate to be a critical leading indicator of our ability to deliver lasting community impact.

At least 98% of youth enrolled in 2022 will maintain or show improvement in 4 of 7 areas of being a healthy kid (social acceptance, scholastic competence, education expectations, grades, attitudes towards risky behaviors, parental trust and presence of a special adult).

We have launched an aggressive campaign to recruit Bigs and Littles. The introduction of our new Recruitment Coordinator position will ensure we have plenty of mentors and mentees to continue making matches throughout the year.

We have increased our training sessions in order to better equip our Bigs with the knowledge they need in order to better address their Little's needs.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has revamped the Youth Outcome Survey to provide results in even more academic and social areas.

Providing matches and families with focused support will hopefully encourage matches to stay together as long as possible.

Finally, we are now allowing Littles to stay part of the program until they are 21 years old so they can have some guidance and extra resources.

For over 60 years, we have provided a circle of support to ensure our matches have the resources necessary for a successful mentoring relationship. We provide each Big, Little and their family a committed Match Support Specialist to help the duo during their first year and throughout the entire mentoring relationship.



We continue to improve our 12-month match retention rate and percentages for areas of being a healthy kid.

In 2021:

91% of Bigs and Littles were matched for more than 1 year

Youth enrolled in the BBBSM Community-Based Mentoring program for 12 months or longer demonstrate the following outcomes related to risky behaviors:

•97% maintained or decreased the amount of school discipline they experienced.

•86% maintained or decreased their engagement in illegal activity, including status offenses.

•89% maintained or decrease their level of participation in bullying.

•95% maintained or decreased their use of illegal substances.

Youth enrolled in the BBBSM Community-Based Mentoring program for 12 months or longer demonstrate the following academic outcomes:

•86% maintained or improved their Academic Performance/Grades

•92% maintained or improved their overall educational expectations

•74% maintained or improved their level of School Connectedness

Youth enrolled in the BBBSM Community-Based Mentoring program for 12 months or longer demonstrate the following social-emotional outcomes:

•82% maintained or improved their ability to regulate their emotions

•94% maintained or improved of their levels of social competency

•37% have decreased their level of depressive symptoms.

Financials

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BIG BROTHS BIG SISTERS OF THE MIDLANDS

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Marnie Jensen

Husch Blackwell LLP

Term: 2022 - 2024

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/16/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/16/2022

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Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.