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


  • Name:Ms. Kit Curran
  • Title:Chief Executive Officer

Organization Address

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

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:515-288-9025
  • 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 we hold ourselves accountable for each child in our programs achieving:
    • Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships
    • Avoidance of risky behaviors
    • Educational success

  • Overview:
  • Our vision is that all children achieve success in life.

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa (BBBSCI) employs a highly successful, evidenced-based model to provide caring mentors to children and teens ages 5-18 in five counties throughout central Iowa. The organization’s two main programs — School-Based and Community-Based Mentoring — were developed and perfected by BBBSCI’s parent organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Both programs are annual and ongoing.

    School-Based Mentoring serves children and teens ages 6-14 in schools throughout central Iowa. Because children are referred by teachers and counselors, the School-Based program provides mentors to children who might not otherwise be identified as a candidate for mentoring. Mentors meet with their mentees at the child’s school for 30-60 minutes each week. During their weekly meetings, mentors help students with academics and literacy skills, and they engage in conversations and relationship-building activities that focus on behavioral outcomes, such as controlling emotions or overcoming shyness. Mentors also build trust with their mentees and strengthen relationships by playing games and engaging in free play.

    Community-Based Mentoring serves children and teens ages 5-18 who are referred to BBBSCI by parents or other relatives. These kids often come from low-income, single parent homes, and like the School-Based students, the majority of these children are at risk academically, socially and/or developmentally. Meeting a minimum of twice a month for two hours, mentors and mentees engage in a variety of social, cultural, academic and/or sports activities based on shared interests. Over time, as the relationship develops into one of trust, respect and caring, mentors become children’s confidants, helping them navigate the challenges of growing up and expand their experiences beyond that of their immediate circumstances.

    By spending time with their mentors, children gain self-confidence, acquire new skills and become motivated to reach their full potential.

    Children and Teens We Serve
    Of the 1,055 children BBBSCI served in fiscal year 2013:
    • 92% came from low and moderate-income families
    • 75% came from households receiving some type of income assistance
    • 70% had an annual household income of less than $25,000
    • 41% came from minority backgrounds
    • 73% came from single parent homes or are living with non-relatives or relatives other than parents

    These children face an uncertain future. Some don’t know where they will be living from month to month. Some live in neighborhoods inundated with drugs, violence and crime. Some know that school lunch will be the most substantial meal they’re going to have today. Some know that when they come home after school, nobody will be there.

    Children who face these kinds of obstacles often 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.

    Community Partners
    BBBSCI has many partners throughout the community that provide volunteers and financial and in-kind resources including colleges and universities, school districts, law enforcement, businesses and media organizations. Most notable are the 1,300 volunteers who collectively logged more than 58,000 hours mentoring children, serving on committees, and helping with fundraising events. According to Independent Sector, which values volunteer time in Iowa at $20.93 per hour, volunteers contributed $1,213,940 worth of volunteer services to BBBSCI in FY2013 – an amount slightly more than the agency’s annual operating budget.

    What Sets BBBSCI Programs Apart
    Unlike other mentoring organizations, BBBSCI is backed by the most credible mentoring organization in the country; Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. This century-old national organization is dedicated to refining, promoting and supporting evidenced-based mentoring models and measurable outcomes.
    Locally, mentors and mentees in BBBSCI programs receive professional support throughout their relationships; staff conduct thorough pre-match screenings, and caseworkers conduct ongoing evaluations, facilitate problem resolution and coordinate match closings.

  • History:
  • Since 1967, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa (BBBSCI) has been bringing caring role models into the lives of at-risk youth in central Iowa to help them broaden their outlook, change their perspectives and ultimately reach their full potential. An affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America — which was recognized in 2011 by Philanthropedia (a division of GuideStar USA, Inc.) as the nation’s most effective organization working with at-risk youth — the work of BBBSCI is informed by more than a century of best practices and proven outcomes.

    In central Iowa, it all started with a group of Des Moines area businessmen who founded a Big Brothers program in 1967. 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, BBBSCI opened a satellite office in Newton, Iowa 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 five years, the agency more than doubled the number of children and teens served annually.

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa 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.

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa is a fully affiliated member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the oldest, largest and most effective youth mentoring organization in the U.S. Big Brothers Big Sisters America 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. 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.

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa has a Board of Directors that meets monthly, and a staff of 15 full-time employees. Two staff members work in a satellite office serving Jasper County; the remainder of the staff is based at the main office in Clive. 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.

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa 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.

  • Year established:1967
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • 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

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:2/19/2018 7:30:34 pm

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