Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana (Fort Wayne, IN)


  • Name:Shelley Schwab
  • Title:Director of Development

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana
  • Address:1005 West Rudisill Blvd
    Fort Wayne, IN 46807
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:260-456-1600
  • Main fax:260-456-2009

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  • Mission:
  • Our mission is to help children reach their full potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with measurable impact.

  • Overview:
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana (BBBSNEI) is committed to making a difference in the lives of our children, volunteers and the communities we serve. We believe in the Power of Mentoring and operate under the belief that every child has the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Our dedication to education, the development of youth and building strong family relationships has lead to building brighter futures and strengthen the communities we serve.

    We served and matched 1,993 children in 2012, with caring adult mentors across 13 counties in Northeast Indiana and South central Michigan. Our success is defined not only by the outcomes we achieve and the increased number of children served, but the impact Big Brothers Big Sisters has on a community.

    I would like to request monetary support from the Arbonne Charitable Foundation to help us enhance and increase our mentoring programs to create and support new matches in 2014.

    We provide our services at no cost to our children and their families, schools and volunteers. The children we provide services for have the greatest need and the least opportunities in life. 76% live in a single-parent home, 47% are minority descent, 21% have a parent who is incarcerated, and 83% come from an annual household income of $30,000 or less - and of that 83% - 30% have an annual household income of $10,000 or less.

    Currently, the average annual cost to establish and maintain a professionally supervised mentoring relationship is $1,000. Your financial support will provide for recruitment, screening and training for adult volunteers; enrollment and processing for children; professional case management support; provide activities for children on the waiting list; and provide innovative mentoring programs for our matches, such “Girl Power”, a Positive Self Esteem Workshop Series for our female matches – featuring the Arbonne Angels in Action Team.

    I would like to formally a $5,000 Diamond Presenting Sponsorship to support our mentoring programs through our special event: The 6th Annual Women’s Champagne Brunch, to be held on Saturday, November 23, 20123 at the Ceruti's Banquet Center.

    This event is a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters and will be attended by more than 500 women. The event will feature brunch, a fashion show, giveaways and an inspirational story from a Little Sister who has overcome the odds of the world by having a mentor in her life. All attendees will be asked to donate or volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters. All funds raised will go to directly to creating and supporting more Big & Little matches and help make BIG CHANGES in the lives of our youth.

    This event has grown in vast amount of numbers in attendance and awareness. Last year alone, we raised over $40,000 from corporations and individuals, recruited 21 Big Sisters from the audience, 9 table captains for 2013 event, and matched the 5 little sisters, who were waiting for a big sister and showcased in the fashion show, with a big sister of their very own.

    Last year, we announced our partnership with the Arbonne Foundation and the Arbonne Angels team to the public and our attendees, making a positive lasting impression of Arbonne in our community. The Arbonne Angels also hosted the makeovers for all Bigs and Littles featured in the fashion show.

    Big Brothers Big Sisters works because of You. Your commitment and investment to make a proven difference - inspire and motivate us to do and achieve more. Because of your support, the lives of the children and our community are changing for the better, forever.

  • History:
  • Locally founded in 1972, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana (BBBSNEI) is considered the nation’s leader in one-to-one mentoring. Our donors and volunteers are the cornerstone of our organization - and the children they impact are forever changed in a positive way.

    We are growing at a remarkable rate, with more children waiting for an adult mentor - than ever before. We recognize the hardship and challenges children face every day and our mentoring programs are proven to reduce the risk of dropping out of school, violence, drug and alcohol usage, and falling victim to other negative cycles.

    BBBSNEI has one of the largest mentoring programs in the Midwest - we serve more children than Indianapolis, Chicago, and Cincinnati. In 2012, BBBSNEI matched more than 1,993 children with a caring adult mentor in our 13-county service area. We are on target to match and support more than 2,000 children with adult mentors by the end of 2013.

    Our Mission is to provide children who need positive role models in their lives with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships with caring responsible adults that change their lives for the better, forever ; Our Vision is that all children have the opportunity to achieve their full potential: contributing to healthier families, brighter futures, and stronger communities; and Our Passion is to see all children achieve success in life.

    In the past 10 years, we have received numerous accolades and the practices developed here have been recognized for excellence and adopted by agencies across the nation. Also, we have become the most effective, innovative and cost-efficient youth service provider in the region – and recognized and awarded the following from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America:
    o 2006, 2009 and 2012 Agency of the Year
    o 2012 Board of Directors of the Year
    o 2008 National Big Sister of the Year & 2012 National Big Sister of the Year

    The Arbonne Foundation will be incredibly interested to know that your very own Angel in Action & Arbonne Consultant, Alyssa Ivanson-Losier has been a volunteer with our Agency since 2007. When we matched Alyssa and Jordain in our community based program - we had extreme intentionality and high hopes. Jordain needed Alyssa in her life more than anything in the world.

    Jordain has Asperger’s Syndrome, a pervasive developmental disorder that often makes understanding and participating in social interactions extremely difficult. Alyssa’s career as a newscaster and public personality is grounded in her naturally buoyant character, so helping Jordain turn her difficulties into opportunities is allowing both young women to reach beyond their comfort zones.

    Once a withdrawn, shy little girl – today Jordain is a confident bright young lady ready for success. Alyssa tells us, “ Being a Big is rewarding in ways I didn’t expect, and I’ve learned more about myself than I ever could have imagined. While I was encouraging Jordain to step out of her comfort zone, she was pushing me out of mine as I mentored her through the tough issues teenagers face. I wanted to make a difference in a little girl’s life – that little girl has changed mine forever." and Little Sister Jordain said, “ My Big Sister has helped me through a lot, and I can only hope I changed her life for the better as well. I consider her to be more than a friend; I actually think of her as part of my family. I have a lot to work on as far as interacting with and in front of people, but I’ve started conquering that fear. I appreciate Alyssa and my mom for signing me up to get a Big Sister.”

    Alyssa and Jordain is just one unique match story. BBBSNEI has been making matches, creating friendships and changing lives for more than 40 years. We have thousands upon thousands of success stories to share. Right now, we know that more than 8,000 children, who live within our service area, are in need of a mentor and a friend. Please consider increasing and continuing your financial support to help us provide children with a mentor and friend. Someone who will make an positive impact in their lives and place them on the path to success.

  • Year established:1972
  • Endowment:Unknown

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Doug Schenkel - Board President
    Dane Boykins - Vice President
    Steve Goodman - Vice President
    Ed Baker - Treasurer
    Carey Roth - Secretary

    Board of Directors
    Morgan Boudler
    Dave Dietz
    Charles Foster
    Lindsay Hanas
    Troy Hartman
    Gary Horton
    Kenneth Jones
    Seth Keirns
    Jimmy Knight
    Corinna Ladd
    Tyler Lehman
    Norm Meintel
    Jill Perillo
    Paige Pyle
    Jeff Rodgers
    Heather Schoegler
    Rod Schoon
    Allen Seely
    Troy Smith
    Christine Swift
    Scott Swogger
    Tim Wagner

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Josette Rider - Chief Executive Officer

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Shelley Schwab, Director of Development
    Eric Pulley, Director of Marketing & Recruitment
    Sarah Anderson, Programs Manager
    Elaine Dunn, Grants Manager
    Michael Archbold, HR, Finance & IT Manager
    Duy Nygen, Process Improvement Coordinatator


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • Tax ID:35-1271943

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:351271943
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:1005 WEST RUDISILL BLVD
  • Organization City:FORT WAYNE
  • Organization State:IN
  • Organization Zip:46807-2172
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:August, 1972
  • 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):349
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Other youth organization or activities
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:
  • Asset Amount:$4,374,801
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$2,531,460
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$2,352,375
  • Last Updated:2/18/2018 10:06:53 pm

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