Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa (Clive, IA)


  • Name:Ms. Lisa Norris-Lynner
  • Title:Grants Manager

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa
  • Address:9051 Swanson Blvd.
    Clive, IA 50325-6193
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:515-288-9163
  • Main fax:515-288-6191

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa (BBBSCI) is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. We partner with parents/guardians, volunteers, and others in the community and hold ourselves accountable for each child in our programs achieving:
    • Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships,
    • Avoidance of risky behaviors, and
    • Educational success.
    Our vision is that all children achieve success in life.

  • Overview:
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa serves youth ages 5-18 in Polk, Warren, Dallas, Jasper and Story Counties, with offices in Clive and Newton. The organization has two primary program models, developed by its parent agency, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. They are:
    1) The Community Based Program: matches an adult mentor (Big Brother/Sister) with a child (Little Brother/Sister) enrolled by a parent or guardian. Bigs and Littles meet at least 4 hours each month to engage in activities in the community. During these unstructured meetings filled with conversations and shared activities, each match develops a relationship that helps the Little manage the every day challenges of “growing up.” By spending time with their Big, they gain new skills, explore new interests and test behaviors that expand their experience beyond their family or neighborhood. Matches may begin when the Little is between ages 5-14, and may last until he/she turns 18 or graduates from high school.

    2) The School Based Program: pairs children (aged 6-15) with volunteers who meet with them once each week at school throughout the school year. Students are referred by school personnel rather than by parents, allowing BBBSCI to reach a group of children who might otherwise never receive a mentor. During their meetings, School Based Bigs (many of whom are high school students) assist their Littles with academic assignments, work on literacy skills, and engage in conversations and relationship-building activities that focus on behavioral outcomes, such as controlling emotions or overcoming shyness. An expanded version of the program – School Based Plus – allows adult Bigs and Littles to spend additional time together outside of school hours.

    These programs are annual and ongoing. Matches may last a few months or many years. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has set the six-month point as the agency-wide goal for the minimum length of a match. Currently, 87% of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa’s matches last six months or longer. The average length of a Community Based match is 26 months. For a School Based match, the average length is 15.3 months. This exceeds the national goals for Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies nationwide.

    Of the children BBBSCI serves:
    • More than 85% come from low and moderate-income families, most with an annual household income of less than $25,000.
    • Nearly 30% have a parent or caregiver who is unemployed and/or on disability.
    • More than 46% are of minority background.
    • Over 80% come from single parent homes, are living with grandparents or relatives other than parents, or are in the foster care system.

    These children face an uncertain future. Some don’t know where they will be living from month to month. Some live in neighborhoods where drugs, gangs, violence and other crimes are part of the daily landscape. Some know that school lunch will be the most substantial meal they’re going to have today. Some know that when they walk in the door after school, there will be no one there to cook them dinner, or help them with their homework.

    Children who face these kinds of obstacles often have a hard time at school. They can’t focus on their work. Some don’t know how to control their emotions. They act out, get into fights, or bully other children. Others feel isolated and neglected, so they withdraw, sinking into depression. Worst of all, they have no hope that their lives can ever be any better. Mentoring gives them hope – and hope is the first step in creating positive, lasting change.

    BBBSCI provides its mentoring programs at no charge to the families of the children we serve.

    BBBSCI has many partners throughout the community that help provide volunteers and resources:
    • Colleges and Universities: assist in recruiting mentors from their faculty and student bodies.
    • Local School Districts: provide space and refer children to School Based programs.
    • Corporate Partners: provide one or more types of support including volunteers, contributions and sponsorships.
    • Media Partners: Local television, radio, and print-media partners including KCCI, Clear Channel, and the Des Moines Register help build community awareness.
    • Individual Volunteers: share their experiences with family, friends, and co-workers, and invite them to become “Bigs”.

  • History:
  • In 1967, a group of Des Moines area businessmen founded a Big Brothers program. In 1973, the YWCA of Des Moines initiated a Big Sisters program. The two programs merged in 1975 to become Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Des Moines. Within two years, the organization expanded to serve children beyond the Des Moines area (Polk County) into other Iowa counties. To better reflect this service area, the legal name of the organization was changed to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa (BBBSCI).

    Over the past four decades, BBBSCI has provided mentoring services to vulnerable youth in more than eight Iowa counties. In the fall of 1996, working in collaboration with the Newton Mission Coalition (a committee of the social action chairs of various churches in Newton), BBBSCI opened a satellite office in Newton and began providing Community Based mentoring services in Jasper County.

    In 2000, BBBSCI expanded its programming to include School Based Mentoring. The Des Moines area School Based Program began with two elementary schools. It now serves 23 elementary and middle schools in the greater Des Moines area. A School Based Mentoring Program was initiated at two schools in the Newton Community School District during the 2000/2001 school year. That program now serves ten schools – including every elementary school in the county.

    With community support, in 2002 BBBSCI was able to purchase a building in Clive, Iowa to house its operations and expand its programs. In less than 5 years, the agency more than doubled the number of children served annually.
    BBBSCI works constantly to expand its programs and services to the community. In 2006, with the help of grant funding from the Department of Health and Human Services Family and Youth Service Bureau, the agency launched a Mentoring Children of Prisoners project that provides mentors to children of incarcerated parents. In 2012, with the help of grant funding from the Iowa Department of Public Health, the agency launched In the kNOw – a project designed to increase awareness and prevention of substance abuse in Little Brothers and Sisters ages 8-14. Mentoring, set as the primary initiative in drug-use reduction by the Iowa Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy, is widely known as one of the most effective programs for working with children at-risk.

    BBBSCI is a fully affiliated member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA). BBBSA is the oldest, largest and most effective youth mentoring organization in the U.S. It has been the leader in one-to-one youth service for more than a century, developing positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people. BBBSA has been the nation's preeminent youth-service organization for nearly a century. As a fully affiliated member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, BBBSCI has access to research, information, resources, and training on best practices for recruitment, marketing, fund development, and delivery of mentoring services from more than 365 Big Brothers Big Sisters Agencies throughout the nation.

    BBBSCI has a Board of Directors that meets monthly, and a staff of 11 full-time and 2 part-time employees. Three staff members work in a satellite office serving Jasper County; the remainder of the staff is based at the main office in Clive. Additional staff support for FY2013 includes two AmeriCorps volunteers, and two part-time consultants. The agency also has a number of supporting advisory groups including an honorary board, a local advisory council in Jasper County, and an advisory group for the agency’s In the kNOw substance abuse prevention project.

    BBBSCI is a certified member of the Iowa Mentoring Partnership, a collaborative coalition of mentoring organizations throughout the state, as well as a member of an Iowa Coalition of Big Brothers Big Sisters Agencies. In FY2012, BBBSCI served 1,068 children, thanks in part to the help of more than 1,300 volunteers. Collectively, these volunteers logged more than 58,000 hours, mentoring children, serving on committees, and helping with fundraising events. According to Independent Sector’s most recent estimate, the value of volunteer time in Iowa is $17.22 per hour ( By this estimate, volunteers contributed the equivalent of more than $998,760 to BBBSCI in FY2012 – an amount nearly equivalent to the agency’s annual operating budget.

  • Year established:1967
  • Endowment:Unknown

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Heath Williams - President,
    Don Cahalan -Vice President,
    Kim Felker -Treasurer,
    Kelly Brown,
    Mike Demand,
    Tyler Dingel,
    Tammy Durnan,
    DeLane Duval,
    Nate Geurkink,
    David Goos,
    Scott Hatfield
    Patrick Hellman,
    Brian Hixson,
    Sean Honts,
    Dana Huey,
    B.J. Miller
    Jannell Pittman,
    Andrew Smart,
    Shane Stark,
    Kevin Vermeer

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Kit Curran - CEO

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Laura Palmer - Resource Development Director
    Mike Hemmer - Community Based Program Manager
    Lisa Green - Recruitment and School Based Program Manager, RIta Baker - Jasper County Director


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:42-1184999

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:421184999
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:9051 SWANSON BLVD
  • Organization City:CLIVE
  • Organization State:IA
  • Organization Zip:50325-6913
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:November, 1967
  • 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):998
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Unspecified
  • 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:$518,701
  • Asset Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • Income Amount:$1,253,180
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$924,637
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 5:44:47 am

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