Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend, Inc.

Defenders of Potential

aka Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend   |   Tallahassee, FL   |  www.bigbendmentoring.org

Mission

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

Ruling year info

1984

Principal Officer

Molly Lord

Main address

565 E Tennessee St

Tallahassee, FL 32308 USA

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Formerly known as

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Tallahassee

EIN

59-2130789

NTEE code info

Big Brothers, Big Sisters (O31)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Programs and results

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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

The target population for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Community-Based 1-to-1 Mentoring Program is youth, ages 5-18 in the Big Bend region. 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.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The target population for the Big Brothers Big Sisters School-Based 1-to-1 Mentoring Program is youth, ages 5-18, in schools in the Big Bend region. 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.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Small Agency of the Year 2007

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

National Big Brother of the Year 2012

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Distinguished Leadership "Pacesetter" Award Finalist, Louis Garcia 2012

Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce

Florida Big Brother of the Year 2011

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Florida

Florida Big Brother of the Year 2012

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Florida

Florida Big Brother of the Year 2013

Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Florida

Non-Profit of the Year 2014

Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce

National Agency of the Year, Small Markets 2013

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

National Board of Directors of the Year, Small Markets 2013

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Affiliations & memberships

BBBS State Association Member 2022

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    youth, families and community volunteers

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Our communication process to families was overwhelming. After a survey, we realized this and changed our organization structure for our enrollment process.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We've just made the change, so hopefully they will begin to see a difference.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 04/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Brian Walgamott

Thomas Howell Ferguson

Term: 2020 - 2022


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Board leadership practices

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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 3/14/2022

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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

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Gender identity

 

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/14/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • 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 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 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.