Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks (Springfield, MO)


  • Name:Ms. Laura Brand
  • Title:Development Assistant

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks
  • Address:3372 W Battlefield
    Springfield, MO 65807
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:417-889-9136
  • Main fax:417-889-8339

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  • Mission:
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one to one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

  • Overview:
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks (BBBSO) operates under the belief that, inherent in every child, is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Locally and nationwide, BBBSO is the largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network. BBBSO makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (Bigs) and children (Littles) between the ages of 6 -14. Children graduate from BBBSO programs at age 18. BBBSO develops and fosters positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

    By partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community, BBBSO is accountable for each child in its program achieving:

    • Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships
    • Avoidance of risky behaviors
    • Educational success

    BBBSO’s professionally trained and degreed case managers help children build and sustain long-lasting relationships with mentors while receiving much needed guidance and support. BBBSO prioritizes safety when matching an adult volunteer and child, leading to additional funding needs. Potential adult volunteers must complete the following before acceptance into BBBSO’s program: orientation process, background check, application, references, interview, training, and assessment.

    Once an adult volunteer (Big) and child (Little) have been matched, they spend an average of six to eight hours a month together, while receiving professional guidance and support by BBBSO’s case managers. The matches share everyday activities such as: eating a meal together, playing sports or attending sports events, going to movies, sightseeing, cooking, or simply spending time together. What matters more to children (beyond these activities) is the presence of a caring adult in their lives. Because BBBSO’s Littles have someone to confide in and look up to, they can get along better in school and at home, and avoid risky behaviors such violence and substance abuse. These small changes can dramatically impact the lives of BBBSO Littles. BBBSO children (compared to those not in a mentoring program) felt more confident in school work, skipped fewer days of school, improved their grades, and were less likely to start using drugs or alcohol.

    A Big Brothers Big Sisters’ match is carefully administered and held to the highest standards. Agency staff strives for matches that are not only safe and well suited to each child’s needs, but also harmonious and built to last. The entire matching process, from the initial screening to the final pairing—and beyond—relies on financial support from foundations and individual/corporate donors.

    BBBSO provides ongoing support and supervision to the Big, the Little, and the Little’s family. Case managers offer training and advice to help ensure that the match is successful for everyone involved.

    Big Brothers Big Sisters was named the #1 Nonprofit for At-Risk Youth by GuideStar’s Philanthropedia on a list of most recommended, high-impact national nonprofits serving children facing adversity. In addition, Charity Navigator gave Big Brothers Big Sisters of America a 4-star ‘exceptional’ rating for organizational efficiency. Charity Navigator is the nation’s premier charity evaluator.

    A nationwide survey of 200 Little alumni reported that having a mentor played an important role in who they are today by positively influencing their self-confidence, providing stability, changing their perspective on life, and pushing them to set higher goals than they would have otherwise. A large majority, 90%, say their Big provided stability when they needed it and 81% said it changed their perspective on what they thought was possible in life. In addition, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes a positive impact on breaking the cycle of poverty; 75% of Little alumni were more likely than non-alumni to have received a four-year college degree and 39% more likely to have a current household income of $75,000 or higher.

  • History:
  • In 1983, through a group of dedicated community leaders, an affiliate Big Brothers Big Sisters office opened in Springfield, Missouri to serve a 20 county region in Southwest Missouri. This office has served more than 20,600 children in the past 30 years. To meet the agency’s growing needs, fundraising began in 2009 for a 1,180-square-foot building addition. All funding for this addition was secured before construction. The addition was completed in the spring of 2012.

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks is honored to provide on-going, professional support to children facing adversity through positive adult role models. In 2012, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks supported nearly 800 matches.

  • Year established:1983
  • Endowment:Unknown

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Brooke Bigham
    Gary Gibson
    Dave Coble
    Becky Harmon
    Marshall Kinne
    Tim Stack
    Suzi Agee
    Kristen Bright
    Michael Cosby
    Dan Derges
    Kevin Dunaway
    Christi Gibson
    Adam Graddy
    Joe James
    Tyson Johns
    Sharon Koechner
    Dan Malachowski
    Susan Marler
    Jarod Michel
    Michael Pena
    Tad Peters
    Joe Piachek
    Kelby Stuckey
    Chris Sweet
    Kerry Watts
    Darin Wilken

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Katie Davis, Chief Executive Officer

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Erin Jaeger, VP of Programs


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:Operating
  • Tax ID:43-0971303

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:430971303
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% KATIE DAVIS
  • Organization Address:3372 W BATTLEFIELD ST
  • Organization City:SPRINGFIELD
  • Organization State:MO
  • Organization Zip:65807-3872
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:March, 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):059
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Other school related 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:$2,276,483
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$1,298,237
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$1,100,446
  • Last Updated:2/21/2018 4:41:30 pm

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