BIG BROTHERS SISTERS NW MONTANA

Igniting Potential

Kalispell, MT   |  bbbsnwmontana.org

Mission

To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Ruling year info

1979

Executive Director

Danielle Kelly

Main address

137 S Main Street

Kalispell, MT 59901 USA

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Formerly known as

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF FLATHEAD COUNTY

EIN

81-0374742

NTEE code info

Big Brothers, Big Sisters (O31)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Leadership Development (W70)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We serve youth ages 6 through 17 in Flathead and Missoula Counties who face many obstacles to graduating from high school and finding success in their social environments. About 84% of the children we serve currently qualify for free or reduced lunches and 72% are being raised by a single parent or guardian. Thirteen of the children in our program have at least one parent who is incarcerated. All these factors can put children at risk.

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

In the Community-Based program, we "match" volunteers (Bigs) with children (Littles.) These matches typically spend time enjoying activities together three times a month. During these outings, they cultivate relationships that provide children with skills to manage every day challenges.

We serve any child in our service area who wants or needs a positive adult role model. A volunteer Big Brother, Big Sister, Big Couple or Big Family becomes a friend to the child and the relationship is supported by professional staff at Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Through simple friendship, Bigs experience the joy of helping children discover a world of possibilities and opportunities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Volunteers are matched with Littles in a supervised setting in elementary and middle schools, typically once a week during the academic year. Teachers and counselors identify children who can benefit most from interaction with a caring adult. As their friendships evolve, volunteers and children discover ways to make school and learning fun.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

We support youth in graduating from high school, avoiding risky behaviors, building better relationships, and improving self -confidence by matching them with a professionally supported, 1 to 1, volunteer mentor. We served 109 children from July, 2016 to June 2017, including over 50 new matches. Presently we have 56 matches and plan to serve 100 total youth this year.

We are strategically adding board members based on their geographic location and sphere of influence. We have been working on diversified funding by adding a monthly donor club along with increasing our fundraising the last two years with our events. Through donor stewardship and relationship building we continue raise increased funds through individual giving.

Successful fund raising has allowed us to put a 9 month cash reserve aside. We have professional staff who have helped build an awareness about our program and increased volunteer participation to serve the list of waiting children. We match volunteer adult mentors with children according to complimentary characteristics such as personality type, activity level and general lifestyle. Our matches enjoy spending time hiking, going to the movies, picking up an ice-cream cone or joining the staff of BBBSFC at our quarterly planned events. When children are paired in a relationship with a caring Big Brother or Big Sister, research shows that they develop a more positive self-concept, increase school performance and improve relations with peers and adults.

We focus specifically on objectives identified as important for youth to experience success in education and their social environments. According to former Littles: 90% said their Big made them feel better about themselves; 90% said their Big provided stability when they needed it; 90% said their relationship with their Big helped them make better choices throughout their childhood. Each year since 2014 we have been able to serve more children in our county, provide professional training for mentors, and communicate effectively the success of our program, and grow our funding streams. In 2017 we were named the Best Non Profit in Flathead Valley. The next steps are to increase staff to meet the needs of children on our waiting list and thus grow to serving 150 children.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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BIG BROTHERS SISTERS NW MONTANA

Board of directors
as of 05/23/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Peter Akey

Glacier Bank

Ashley King-Jones

Three Rivers Bank

Peter Akey

Glacier Bank

Dan Daub

Kalispell Regional Healthcare

Alexi Yarde

Immanuel Lutheran Communities

Kelly Murphy

Flathead Valley Community College

Lizzy Sheeran

Immanuel Lutheran Communities

Allison Leake

Whitefish Mountain Resort

Christopher Bishop

Applied Materials

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 5/23/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

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Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability