Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, Inc.
1000 S. Tamiami Trail
Suite C
Venice FL 34285-1902
Mission
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast's mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Joy Mahler
Board Chair Ms. Susan Flynn
Board Chair Affiliation Bon Eau Enterprises, LLC
General Info
Former Names
Big Brothers of Venice
Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Sarasota County
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1968
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes May 2018
State Registration Yes Dec 2017
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $2,821,557.00
Projected Expenses $2,821,557.00
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement

Big impact—proven results!

Agency accomplishments in 2016-2017 show the positive impact we make in the lives of children facing adversity:

  • Served 1869 mentoring matches
  • Perfect 4.0 score in program/financial outcomes on Department of Education funded matches
  • Of matched youth agency-wide, 90% maintained or improved academic performance, 92% maintained or improved a sense of their future, 94% maintained or improved their relationships with peers, family and other adults, and 90% maintained or improved their attitude toward school
  • 95% of 8th-12th grade students mentored through the Gateways to Graduation initiative either achieved promotion or graduated high school
  • 96% of the youth mentored through the Juvenile Justice Mentoring Initiative avoided risky behaviors
  • All Mentor Managers are Program Certified according to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America standards

Agency goals for next year:

  • Exceed 2000 matches
  • Expand educational and juvenile justice initiatives
  • Strengthen corporate partnerships
  • Enhance major donor stewardship and cultivation
Needs Statement
Big Brothers Big Sisters has two ever-present needs: volunteers and funds.
  • $1,350 ensures a Big/Little match for one year
  • $500 sponsors match activities
  • $250 provides the screening process and training for one volunteer
  • $100 provides the application and match screening process for one child

Currently, there are over 350 children waiting to be matched with a mentor. These children are often facing adversity and a unique set of challenges and will benefit from having a positive, caring relationship with an adult. We have a specific need for more male volunteers. Of the children in our program, 53% are boys and 42% of our mentors are men.

 

Background Statement

Big Brothers of Venice was formally chartered on November 18, 1968. In August 1977, the organization was reorganized and renamed Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Sarasota County. During this period children in communities such as Englewood, North Port, Nokomis, Laurel, Osprey, and Venice were served. The organization’s name was officially changed to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast in June 1996. Accompanying this change was an expanded service area that included West Charlotte County and satellite offices in North Port and Englewood. On April 1, 1997, the Board of Directors completed an agreement to merge Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sarasota with the Sun Coast. This merger expanded the reach of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast into the rest of Sarasota County. In 2000, the Sun Coast began serving children in Desoto County with the Bigs in School program at Desoto High School. In 2001, the Manatee County affiliate joined the Sun Coast and in 2006, the Florida Ridge, which is comprised of Hardee and Highlands counties, merged with the Sun Coast, too. The most recent expansion of the Sun Coast was in July 2011 with the acquisition of Charlotte, Lee, Collier, Hendry, and Glades counties from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Thousands of children have been matched over the years. Our organization has grown exponentially and yet we still are keenly aware of the need that still exists in all of the communities we serve. There are still hundreds of children ready to be matched with a caring mentor. We are focused on the future and our vision that all children achieve success in life.

Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Charlotte
FL- DeSoto
FL- Hardee
FL- Lee
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments
In addition to the above counties, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast also serves Highlands, Hendry, and Collier Counties.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Youth Development
Secondary Org Type Human Services
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

It is all about the children!  Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast provides one to one mentoring to children who are missing one or both parents, have a parent who is incarcerated, and/or are at risk of not successfully completing their primary education.   Our mentors freely give of their time and themselves to help these children gain confidence in themselves, learn to read, encourage these children to finish their primary education and show them there are opportunities available to them for brighter futures.  It is amazing the difference that an adult mentor can make in the life of a child.  It costs the organization approximately $1,350 per year to match a child with a mentor.  There is a lengthy waiting list for children qualified to be matched in our service area.  We are asking for your financial support to assist us in decreasing the list of children waiting for a match.  You will be changing the life of a child, who desperately needs our assistance.

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Because of the hard work of our Mentor Managers, our matches are lasting longer and producing greater positive impact on young people's lives.  Using our Strength of Relationship survey, our Mentor Managers coach and guide matches to turn their relationships into friendships with measurable impact. What if everyone fulfilled their potential?  What if every child was put on the right path today?  What if every child in America graduated high school, went to college, and gave back to their communities?  What could that start?  It might be the start of something big.  Because every time you donate time or money to help a child reach their potential, you start something big.  For over 40 years, with the support of a dedicated group of funders and supporters, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast has been able to give promising futures to young people in our community.  Our methods are proven and our foundation is solid. 

Programs
Description

In a Community-Based match, volunteers provide at-risk youth between the ages of 5 and 18 with individual time and attention that is filled with conversation and shared activities, such as playing games, baking, and going to the park. The objective is to provide a child with a caring, long-term friendship. 

The Agency developed community-based initiatives that target special populations and needs:  The Juvenile Justice Mentoring Initiative was designed to target the highest risk youth - those with prior or current juvenile justice involvement, and those at high risk of entering the juvenile justice system; and through Sports Buddies, matches participate primarily in sports-related activities – this can include direct participation in sports activities and/or attendance at sporting events. Sports Buddies matches are also given priority in receiving complimentary tickets to local sporting events and in receiving invitations to Agency-sponsored sporting events.

Budget $890,374
Category Human Services, General/Other Mentoring
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent K-12 (5-19 years) Families
Short Term Success
The major goal of our mentoring programs is to contribute to positive youth development by keeping children facing adversity safe, in school, and working toward achievable outcomes. According to national research completed by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, youth participating in Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs show statistically significant improvement in academic achievement, avoidance of risky behaviors, and socio-emotional competency. Our local agency results corroborate these findings, with over 90% of mentored youth showing improvement in these same areas.
 
Among youth mentored 3 months or longer, we expect that 85% or more will achieve the following outcomes indicating success in the short-term:
 
  • Improve or maintain acceptable academic performance as defined by the School District (measured by report cards)
  • Avoid risky behaviors such as truancy, early parenting, delinquent acts, or substance abuse (measured by monthly Mentor Manager contact with child, parent/caregiver, mentor, and/or school personnel, and by annual Program Outcome Evaluation surveys)
  • Improve or maintain socio-emotional competencies such as relationship skills and self esteem (measured by monthly Mentor Manager contact with child, parent/caregiver, mentor, and/or school personnel, and by annual Program Outcome Evaluation surveys)
Long Term Success Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast is committed to our vision that all children achieve success. We expect that, with the help of their mentors, children mentored through our programs will make wise choices that will positively impact their future prospects. A recent national survey (Harris Interactive, 2009) highlights our program’s effectiveness in meeting this expectation: compared to peers from similar backgrounds, adults mentored as children through Big Brothers Big Sisters programs are 75% more likely to have received a four-year college degree, and 39% more likely to have current household incomes of $75,000 or more. Adults that participated in Big Brothers Big Sisters programs are also more likely to report greater satisfaction in their personal relationships, and to be actively involved in their communities, particularly through volunteering.
Program Success Monitoring Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) outcomes are measured with four evaluative tools. The first of these is AIM, a web-based data management systems that allows BBBS to track all relevant metrics that can be used to evaluate our program's effectiveness. These include children served, processing times, match retention rates, average match length, and demographic/geographic data. Secondly, we utilize the Strength of Relationship tool, a survey designed to measure the strength of a bond between a volunteer and a client. This survey is administered after a match has been together for three months and annually thereafter. Our third outcomes measurement system is the Youth Outcomes Survey (YOS). The new survey will continue to track the same outcomes, but will also provide us with a pre-match baseline to measure true program impact over the life of a match. Data from the SOR and the YOS is stored in the AIM data management system. The matches are monitored by professionally trained staff on a consistent basis.
Program Success Examples
  • 95% of Littles said going to school and getting a good education is very important.
  • 94% of Littles said they have a lot or some confidence they will achieve their goals.
  • 93% improved their academic performance
  • 95% showed improved relationships with peers and family
 
A Community-Based Match Story:
 
When Andy was five, his father passed away from melanoma. A year later, his mother was diagnosed with MS. His mother signed Andy up for Big Brothers Big Sisters so that he would have someone to participate in activities that she no longer was able to. Andy was matched with Jim in a Community-Based match. They get together every other weekend to do fun things together like play basketball, go bowling, visit museums, build model cars, or go fishing. Andy and Jim have been matched for two years. Andy says that having Jim as a Big Brother “is like having a dad again.”
Description

Site-Based matches meet about one hour weekly, usually at the child’s school. The match focus is the development of a friendship; it is not intended to be a tutoring program, though the match may work on school assignments. Other shared activities might include reading together, playing a game, or simply talking. Site-based matches may take part in Agency events outside of school with parental consent.

Several site-based initiatives target special populations: Decisions to Win supports 10th-12th graders who have been identified as unlikely to earn grade level promotion or graduate; Gateway to Success supports 8th-9th graders who have been identified as unlikely to earn grade level promotion; Reading Bigs promotes a love of literature among children at risk of failing Florida’s standardized tests; and with Beyond School Walls, high school students learn hands-on what it means to work for a corporation.



Budget $1,281,270
Category Human Services, General/Other Mentoring
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Males Females
Short Term Success
The major goal of our mentoring programs is to contribute to positive youth development by keeping at risk children safe, in school, and working toward achievable outcomes. According to national research completed by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, youth participating in Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs show statistically significant improvement in academic achievement, avoidance of risky behaviors, and socio-emotional competency. Our local agency results corroborate these findings, with over 90% of mentored youth showing improvement in these same areas.
 
Among youth mentored 3 months or longer, we expect that 85% or more will achieve the following outcomes indicating success in the short-term:
 
  • Improve or maintain acceptable academic performance as defined by the School District (measured by report cards)
  • Avoid risky behaviors such as truancy, early parenting, delinquent acts, or substance abuse (measured by monthly Mentor Manager contact with child, parent/caregiver, mentor, and/or school personnel, and by annual Program Outcome Evaluation surveys)
  • Improve or maintain socio-emotional competencies such as relationship skills and self esteem (measured by monthly Mentor Manager contact with child, parent/caregiver, mentor, and/or school personnel, and by annual Program Outcome Evaluation surveys)
Long Term Success Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast is committed to our vision that all children achieve success. We expect that, with the help of their mentors, children mentored through our programs will make wise choices that will positively impact their future prospects. A recent national survey (Harris Interactive, 2009) highlights our program’s effectiveness in meeting this expectation: compared to peers from similar backgrounds, adults mentored as children through Big Brothers Big Sisters programs are 75% more likely to have received a four-year college degree, and 39% more likely to have current household incomes of $75,000 or more. Adults that participated in Big Brothers Big Sisters programs are also more likely to report greater satisfaction in their personal relationships, and to be actively involved in their communities, particularly through volunteering.
Program Success Monitoring Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) outcomes are measured with four evaluative tools. The first of these is AIM, a web-based data management systems that allows BBBS to track all relevant metrics that can be used to evaluate our program's effectiveness. These include children served, processing times, match retention rates, average match length, and demographic/geographic data. Secondly, we utilize the Strength of Relationship tool, a survey designed to measure the strength of a bond between a volunteer and a client. This survey is administered after a match has been together for three months and annually thereafter. Our third outcomes measurement system is the Youth Outcomes Survey (YOS). The new survey will continue to track the same outcomes, but will also provide us with a pre-match baseline to measure true program impact over the life of a match. Data from the SOR and the YOS is stored in the AIM data management system. The matches are monitored by professionally trained staff on a consistent basis. We also collect responses from clients, volunteers, and parents and utilize the information to evaluate our program's performance.
Program Success Examples
Quotes from Littles to their Bigs:
 
“Thank you for helping me believe in me and showing me how school is important.”
 
“I like meeting with you because you do not judge me for what I say or based on my past experiences good or bad. I appreciate your concern and your advice.”
 
“Thank you so much for everything you have done. You have helped me get to where I am, I am going to graduate this year and I could not have done it without you.”
 
“It takes a very unselfish person to come in every week and take time out of your day to help me in my time of need. Every kid deserves to have someone like you, and that’s why I feel extremely special that I have you as my mentor.”
 
“You have shown me the chances of my dreams coming true are possible if I work hard and focus on them. I can’t wait to go to college.”
 
 
Compared to their peers, adults who were Littles:
 
  • 65% believe their Big helped them reach a higher level of education
  • 75% more likely to earn a four-year college degree
  • 77% agree that their Big helped them make better choices
  • 72% report healthy relationship with friends
  • 77% did better in school than their peers
  • 52% more likely to volunteer in their community
Comments
Program Comments by Organization
Thanks to the hard work of the Mentor Managers, our matches are lasting longer and producing greater positive impact on young people's lives.  Using our strength of Relationship survey, our Mentor Managers coach and guide matches to turn their relationships into friendships with measurable impact.  How well we are serving youth translates to longer, stronger matches.  We increased the average match length in school-based matches, exceeding our one year goal. We are excited and proud to share our accomplishments - our programs help children facing adversity reach their potential.  One-to-one mentoring has provided the children we serve with enduring, professionally supported relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Joy Mahler
CEO Term Start Jan 1983
CEO/Executive Director Email development@bbbssun.org
Experience
Our CEO, Joy Mahler, has led Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast for over 34 years, beginning with a budget of $27,000 and serving 35 children in South Sarasota County, to expanding the reach of service to include 10 counties serving about 1,869 children with more than a $2,800,000 budget.  Ms. Mahler has a Bachelor's Degree from Michigan State University and completed Executive Education coursework at Columbia University.  Ms. Mahler has been the State Chair for Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Florida and led the efforts toward funding from the Florida Legislature as Chair of the Legislative Committee.  Ms. Mahler is past regional Chair for the Big Brothers Big Sisters National Professional Staff Council for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.  Most recently, Ms. Mahler served on the National Standards Task Force for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.  Ms. Mahler was selected as a Woman of Impact for the Sarasota County Commission of the Status of Women and was awarded an Exemplary Effort for Advocacy for Girls and Women. 
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Mr. Dan Campbell VP of Quality Assurance
Mr. Mark Ferster VP of Operations
Mr. Ira Paul Vice President of Community Development
Ms. Gina Taylor VP of Marketing and Communications
Ms. Marianne Weiss VP of Programs
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 36
Part Time Staff 8
Staff Retention Rate % 90
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 1
Volunteers 1800
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations
School Districts - Manatee County, Desoto County, Sarasota County, Charlotte County, Lee County, Highlands-Hardee Counties, Hendry County. YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, Girls Inc., Libraries,  American Red Cross, Take Stock in Children, Department of Juvenile Justice, Venice Regional Bayfront Health, CAE Healthcare
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
1968
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Awards & Recognition
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Frank G. Berlin, Sr. Nonprofit Organization of the YearThe Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce2010
Quality Service AwardBig Brothers Big Sisters of America2016
Non Profit of the Year NomineeTampa Bay Business Journel2014
Non Profit of the Year NomineeTampa Bay Business Journal2016
Business of the Year - Non Profit FinalistThe Venice Area Chamber of Commerce2014
Risk Management Provisions
Special Event Liability
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 5
Strategic Plan Adopted May 2013
Management Succession Plan Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Susan Flynn
Company Affiliation Bon Eau Enterprises, LLC
Board Term July 2017 to June 2018
Board Chair Email skf@beellc.net
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Paul Blackman Highlands County Sheriff Office
Mr. Bryan Blackwell Amerprise Financial
Miss Kimberlie Buchanan Shinn & Company
Mr. Justin Damiano Comcast Cable
Ms. Susan Flynn Gravitas Florida
Mr. Chris Frohlich Frohlich Gordon & Beason
Mr. John Giglio Freedom Boat Club
Mrs. Susan Hanks Robinson, Hanks, Young & Roberts, CPA's
Mr. Jamal Jenkins Walmart
Mr. Bogie Korszen Raymond James & Assoc.
Mr. David Lusty Retired
Ms. Fermin Miranda Cadence Bank
Mr. James Orr Retired
Mr. Timothy Parker JP Morgan Chase
Mr Donald Patterson ASCEND Wireless Network
Mr. Cole Spedale Enterprise Rent A Car
Mr. Keith Struble Plantation Golf & Country Club
Mrs. Salli Struble Kanetsky, Moore & DeBoer, PA
Mr. Mike Tennant Enterprise Rent A Car
Mr. Barry Wolfson Barry Wolfson, LLC
Mr. Randall Woods Florida Blue
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 17
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 4
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 88
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 19
Standing Committees
Finance
Board Governance
Investment
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $2,821,557.00
Projected Expenses $2,821,557.00
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $747,212.00
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
Endowment Spending Policy % 5
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
9902016
9902015
9902014
9902013
9902012
9902011
9902010
9902009
9902008
Audit/Financial Documents
Audit2016
Audit2015
Audit2014
Audit2013
Audit2012
Audit2011
Audit2010
Audit2009
Historical Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$0$0
Government Contributions$839,516$1,252,404$949,742
Federal$122,087$6,000$0
State$474,435$1,006,764$949,742
Local$242,994$239,640$0
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$1,112,455$1,098,895$1,001,375
$0$0$0
$0$0($70)
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$6$7
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$433,056$346,793$314,680
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Other$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$2,155,498$2,290,639$2,173,119
Administration Expense$101,711$133,705$123,377
Fundraising Expense$17,667$18,763$17,871
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.041.100.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses95%94%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%1%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$964,732$871,428$720,786
Current Assets$906,782$798,961$649,860
Long-Term Liabilities$0$103,952$100,000
Current Liabilities$101,672$4,575$112,876
Total Net Assets$863,060$762,901$507,910
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $1,112,455Contributions, gifts, grants $1,098,895Contributions, gifts, grants $1,001,375
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - State $474,435Government Grants - State $1,022,764Government Grants - State $949,742
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $433,056Fundraising $346,793Fundraising $314,680
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities8.92174.645.76
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%12%14%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation
Financial information taken from IRS Form 990 and audit documents. Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.
2009 audit reports $1,475,159 for total revenue and $1,676,267 total expenses.
Nonprofit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, Inc.
Address 1000 S. Tamiami Trail
Suite C
Venice, FL 34285 1902
Phone 941 488-4009

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