Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clinton (Clinton, IA)


  • Name:Kellie Hillis
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clinton
  • Address:250 20th Ave N, Ste 212
    Clinton, IA 52732
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:563-243-4223

Organization Web

User Email


Click map for a full size active view.


  • Mission:
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters’ vision is that all children achieve success in life. Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 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 program achieving:
    • Higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships
    • Avoidance of risky behaviors
    • Educational success

  • Overview:
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Clinton is affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the leader in one-to-one youth mentoring with more than a century of proven success in creating positive friendships that benefit children, volunteers, families, neighborhoods and communities. BBBS of Clinton has been creating and supporting mentor relationships in Clinton County Iowa and Fulton, IL since 1982.

    BBBS programs are designed to make a difference in the lives of children and youth through professionally-guided one-to-one relationships with caring adults, and to assist those children and youth in achieving their highest potential as they grow up to become confident, competent, caring individuals.

    Our programs – Community Based Mentoring and School Based Mentoring – pair committed adult volunteers (Bigs) with youth (Littles). Our Big Brother, Big Sister, and Big Couple volunteers commit to spending 1-2 hours each week with their Littles for a period of at least one year.

    Bigs and Littles, and their families, are from all walks of life and are as diverse as all of America. What our Littles have in common is a desire to have an adult mentor to help them with the complexities of life. They want to know they are loved and needed. Our Bigs have a desire to invest time to share some fun with a young person. Our Bigs consistently say that they get more benefit from the match than their Littles!

    Every child deserves a fair chance. All children need the kind of love and attention that only a caring adult can give.

    National research reveals that Littles are more likely to show positive behaviors in school and at home than those that are not matched with a Big. Statistics show that those Littles who spent at least a year in a mentoring relationship were:
    • 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
    • 52% less likely to skip school
    • 37% less likely to skip a class and therefore become more confident of their performance in schoolwork.

    In addition, while volunteers agree to a one-year commitment our average length of a match is over 3 ½ years. In fact, many of the relationships continue into the children’s adult lives.

  • History:
  • The Big Brothers Big Sisters movement began at the turn of the century, when concerned citizens in many American cities organized programs to address the rising tide of juvenile delinquency and poverty and to help children who had come before the courts.

    In New York City, Big Sisters Activity occurred as early as 1902, when a group of women began befriending girls who came before the New York Children's Court. Known as the Ladies of Charity, the group later became Catholic Big Sisters of New York.

    Also in 1902, Judge Julius Mayer of the New York Children's Court asked 90 influential men of the Educational Alliance to befriend one boy who had been before his court. He did not use the term Big Brother, but the philosophy of one to one friendship was certainly present. Clerk Ernest K. Coulter, a member of his court, is credited with founding the organized movement later in 1904.

    About the same time, a 23-year-old Cincinnati businessman, Irvin F. Westheimer, began a relationship with a poverty-stricken, fatherless boy. Westheimer, provided food, gifts, and treats, but mostly companionship, understanding and a sympathetic ear for his troubles.
    Westheimer urged his friends and business associates to befriend other troubled and disadvantaged youths. A boy referred to one of the men as "my big brother" and the practice in the Cincinnati area had a name. These activities led to the organization of a Big Brothers Agency in Cincinnati in 1910.

    In New York City, Ernest Coulter's Movement spread and worked closely with the city's YMCA branches as well as with various church groups. In 1909 application was made to the New York Supreme Court for a state charter which would allow them to incorporate, find permanent quarters and obtain a larger administrative staff. It was estimated that 1000 Little Brothers were participating in the program. The organization was formed to serve children who had been arraigned before the courts.

    Catholic Big Sisters was active throughout this period too and has been continuously since 1902. There was also a Jewish Big Sisters underway by 1908. Milwaukee had a viable Big Sisters organization as well and it was the fastest growing. Less attention was paid to these groups at the time because girls were not a big problem in the court system.

    In 1912 in New York City, Mrs. Vanderbilt established Protestant Big Sisters which operated much like the Big Brothers, with a representative attending the Children's Court.

    Before World War I, the Big Brothers Big Sisters Movement was characterized by many forms of organization, under a variety of sponsors, utilizing a number of approaches. But all of the efforts were united by a single spirit - a desire to help children, generally from one-parent homes, whose moral, mental, and physical development was endangered by their environments and backgrounds. Some early methods and messages live on today and are still a core value of the movement.

    With activity in so many communities a formal national conference of BB/BS leaders was organized in 1917. At an organizational meeting, the delegates created an International Advisory Council (IAC) as the first step to forming what would later become the Big Brother and Big Sister Federation.

    In 1921, the IAC was incorporated in the State of New York, becoming the Big Brother and Big Sister Federation, Inc. (BB/BSF)

    In 1922 the first standards for becoming associated with the Federation were established.

    1927 - Evaluation of agencies was established.

    In 1986 national efforts focused on the development and piloting of a set of Standards and Required Procedures for One-To-One Service. This consists of corporate management and program management standards, with each standard having a set of required procedures that were deemed necessary to fulfill it. Compliance with these standards and required procedures became the hallmark of an effective Big Brothers Big Sisters agency and the basis for building a consistent one-to-one service of over 500 agencies across all 50 states. These standards were amended in 1996 and again in 2000.

  • Year established:1982
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:10
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:2


  • 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:42-1160339

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:421160339
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:250 20TH AVE N STE 212
  • Organization City:CLINTON
  • Organization State:IA
  • Organization Zip:52732-2506
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:July, 1982
  • 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, 328
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Other youth organization or activities, Combat juvenile delinquency
  • 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:$36,576
  • Asset Code:3 ($25,000 - $99,999)
  • Income Amount:$72,904
  • Income Code:3 ($25,000 - $99,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$72,904
  • Last Updated:3/23/2018 3:53:18 am

This information is directly from the IRS Exempt Organization Business Master File at Exempt Organizations Business Master File Extract. This information is not under the control of the Common Grant Application and is collected and compiled and can only be changed by the IRS.