Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast (Naples, FL)


  • Name:Ms. Lois Ferguson
  • Title:Community Resource Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast
  • Address:809 Walkerbilt Road
    Suite 3
    Naples, FL 34110
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:239-331-7133
  • Main fax:239-331-7796

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one to one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

  • Overview:
  • Big Brothers Sig Sisters of the Sun Coast's vision is that all children achieve success in life, and our goal is to provide a mentor to every child that needs and wants one. In the last fiscal year, we served more than 1,650 at risk children and youth agency wide through our two core programs: community-based mentoring and school-based mentoring. Community-based matches meet in their local communities, and typically meet for several hours at a time throughout the year; school-based matches meet only at specific locations, usually schools, for one hour a week throughout the school year.

    Under the umbrella of these two core programs, the agency also offers several targeted initiatives for special populations, including Juvenile Justice Mentoring(for youth involved in the juvenile justice system), Gateway to Success (curriculum-centered dropout prevention mentoring program for 8th and 9th graders), and Decisions to Win (curriculum-centered dropout prevention mentoring program for upperclassmen).

    The major elements of the one to one mentoring programs are as follows:

    •Recruitment of reliable volunteer mentors from area businesses, professional associations, clubs and churches, followed by background screening and training.
    •Referrals of at risk youth received as a result of direct outreach to target populations, schools and youth services agencies, and from general program publicity.
    •Staff led interviews with families, mentors, and matched “Bigs” and “Littles” result in harmonious mentoring relationships with clear expectations.
    •Weekly mentoring takes place in either schools or other community locations, depending on the preferences of mentors, youth, and their parents/guardians.
    •Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast collaborates with area cultural, recreational, and sports facilities to provide free or low cost activities to matches.
    •Case oversight by the Mentor Manager, working with the child, family and mentor, focuses on child safety and priority areas needing improvement.
    •Progress is measured through in person and telephone contacts, surveys, collection of report cards, and other pre/post test measurement tools. This information is entered into our automated information system and evaluated each summer.

    The agency’s Mentor Managers, supervised by a Vice President of Programs with a Master’s in Social Work, are responsible for enrolling and matching children in the mentoring programs. Mentor Managers create matches between children and volunteer mentors based on preferences, needs, and experiences. This model of compatibility matching results in longer, stronger matches, which lead to better youth outcomes. After matches are established, Mentor Managers continue to provide ongoing evaluation and support. Professionally supported mentoring relationships have been proven by independent studies to help “Littles” perform better in school, avoid violence and illegal activities, and improve self esteem and relational skills.

    Recent agency achievements include the following:
    •Perfect 4.0 score in program/financial outcomes on Department of Education funded matches
    •All Mentor Managers Program Certified according to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America standards
    •On average, children remain matched with their mentors for 25.3 months in our community-based program and 15.7 months in our site-based program, exceeding the national goals set by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
    •Of matched children, 93% improved academic performance, 95% avoided risky behaviors, 96% improved relationships, and 96% improved self confidence
    •97% of seniors completing Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast’s dropout prevention program, Decisions to Win, graduated last year
    •Named #1 nonprofit for at risk youth by Guidestar's Philanthropedia

  • History:
  • The Big Brothers Big Sisters story began in 1904, when a New York City court clerk, Ernest Coulter, was seeing more and more boys come through his courtroom. Recognizing that caring adults could help the boys stay out of trouble, he set out to find volunteers for his Big Brothers movement. At the same time, girls coming through the New York Children’s Court were befriended by Ladies of Charity, which eventually became Catholic Big Sisters. Both groups worked independently until 1977, when they joined forces and became Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. In Southwest Florida, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast got its start in 1968 by bringing caring role models into children’s lives. We have since grown to become a leading youth mentoring organization serving almost 2,000 children in ten counties. Mentoring is proven to help children improve academics, avoid risky behavior, improve self esteem, and develop healthy relationships.

  • Year established:1968
  • Endowment:Unknown

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Tracey Young
    John D'Amelio
    Linda Dart
    Tina Eckert
    Philippe Fontanelli
    Ron Klein
    Cathy Kleinknecht
    Cindy Lightner
    William LoPresti
    Lindsey McMahon
    Lisa Paul
    Chris Squittieri

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Joy Mahler, President/CEO

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Jeanette Stupinski, Community Resource Director


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:59-1361826

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:591361826
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:1000 TAMIAMI TRL S STE C
  • Organization City:VENICE
  • Organization State:FL
  • Organization Zip:34285-4122
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:April, 1978
  • 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:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:
  • Asset Amount:$1,278,143
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$2,878,996
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$2,750,956
  • Last Updated:3/21/2018 7:02:37 pm

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