Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County (McHenry, IL)


  • Name:Mrs. Robyn Ostrem
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County
  • Address:4318-B W. Crystal Lake Road
    McHenry, IL 60050
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:815-385-3855
  • Main fax:815-385-3852

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  • Mission:
  • Provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Our vision is all children achieve success in life.

  • Overview:
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County helps vulnerable children beat the odds. We depend of donations to help recruit volunteers and reach more children in McHenry County. Funding is used to conduct background checks on volunteers to ensure children safety; and provide ongoing support for children, families and volunteers to build and sustain long-lasting relationships. Big Brothers Big Sisters is proven to improve children’s odds for succeeding in school, behaving non-violently, avoiding drugs and alcohol, and breaking negative cycles. By partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers, and others in the community we are accountable for each child in our program achieving: Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships, Avoidance of risky behaviors and Educational success.

    Children enrolled participate in one of three programs:

    The After-School Mentoring Program utilizes high school student volunteers who travel to the local middle school/junior high one day per week for one hour after school from Labor Day to Memorial Day. Together these “matches’ work on homework, play games, talk or participate in school improvement projects.

    Our Lunch-Time Mentoring Program utilizes adult volunteers from local corporations who are permitted to leave the work place one day per week for one hour. The adults travel to local elementary schools. Together these “matches” play games, do arts and crafts, talk or participate in school improvement projects.

    Community-Based Mentoring Program volunteers over 18 years old are permitted to pick up the child at home and do activities together in their local communities such as movies, visiting a local park, baking cookies, visiting the library or participating in community improvement projects.

    Evaluation is an important component in all of the work we do and dictates changes and improvement that need to be made to our program design. Our evaluation efforts will include but not be limited to report card reviews, statistical record keeping: number of children enrolled, number of mentors enrolled, and matches made, length of matches, attendance/truancy records, suspension records and classroom behavior reviews.

    The evaluation of the effect of mentoring relationships on the children involved uses a Program Based Outcome Evaluation (POE) methodology based on 18 assets developed by the Search Institute in Minneapolis as essential to positive youth development. Building assets is critical to the success of youth that are already experiencing a myriad of risk factors.

    Volunteers, teachers and parents are given surveys and assessment forms to determine baseline data in these 18 essential asset areas three months into the mentoring relationship and then again after one year to determine improvement. The three-month data will be utilized to provide performance feedback and direct an individualized case plan to achieve the desired outcomes for each child served.


  • History:
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County was started in 1984 as a program of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church called Kinship. Initially funded by United Way, the agency served children and the elderly by providing mentors. In its early years the program had a small budget with one part time staff person and served a minimal number of clients. No records exist from these early days.

    In 1993 the organization spun its elderly program off to Senior Services. That companion program still exists and continues to prosper to this day. The agency affiliated with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and concentrated on youth mentoring only. The agency had one full time staff person at this time and served a minimal number of youth through the traditional community-based mentoring program.

    In 1998 the agency expanded its mentoring services to include site-based programming in schools. Part time staff was added and the number of children served began to grow to a high of 283 children in 2003. In 2004 the agency received a federal grant and two and a half full time positions were added. Service was expanded to the children of prisoners including two locations outside of McHenry County, Carpentersville and Elgin. New site-based locations were opened in low-income housing units and Boys & Girls Clubs in the neediest neighborhoods.

    In 2006 the agency purchased a small office condominium that now serves as our office. Agency fund development events include bowling, golf, a raffle, and a benefit auction and dinner. There are currently thirteen staff members, three full-time and eight part-time. The board of directors has remained strong over the years with the infusion of new people and ideas. The current operating budget is $537,540. The number of children served grew to 566 at the end of 2011.

  • Year established:1984
  • Endowment:Unknown

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Mike Domek
    Scott Brown
    Susan Milford
    Emily Smith
    Frank Carroll
    David Jones
    James Kratochvil
    Jamie Maravich
    Ted Pillow
    Thom Petrouski
    Thomas Vaclavek

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Robyn Ostrem
    Executive Director

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Dana Briscoe, Director of Community-Based Programs
    Dena Hernandez, Director of Site-Based Programs
    Haylee Hall, Directoro of Fund Development
    Debbie Coates, Office Administrator


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:36-3354265

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:363354265
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:4318 W CRYSTAL LAKE RD STE B
  • Organization City:MCHENRY
  • Organization State:IL
  • Organization Zip:60050-4299
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:June, 1985
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):328, 995
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Combat juvenile delinquency, Described in section 509(a)(2) of the Code
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:O31
  • Asset Amount:$415,155
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$471,348
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$380,207
  • Last Updated:2/21/2018 4:44:16 pm

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