Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine (Camden, ME)


  • Name:Alex Gaeth
  • Title:Chief Executive Officer

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine
  • Address:48 Washington Street, Suite 16
    Camden, ME 04843
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:207-236-2227
  • Main fax:207-236-2292

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  • Mission:
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission “to provide children in Kennebec, Somerset, Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot, and Waldo Counties facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.”

    Our vision is that “all children achieve success in life.”

  • Overview:
  • As a Maine-incorporated local affiliate agency of the national Big Brothers Big Sisters of America organization, we provide mentoring to 5- to 14-year-old elementary and middle school student “Littles,” matching them with caring, responsible adult “Bigs” for weekly meetings.

    Big Brother Big Sisters of Mid-Maine's (BBBSMM's) core operating principles, proven to yield long-term positive outcomes, are:

    1) We carefully screen and train all program participants in a comprehensive process that includes face-to-face interviews and background checks; successful matching based on personalities, interests, references, and geography; and solid orientation that prepares participants to navigate their Little/Big relationship as it grows and strengthens;

    2) Bigs provide one-to-one attention to their Littles on a consistent basis, each forming a strong bond as that special someone other than a parent who can make a positive difference in a kid’s life; and

    3) Our experienced and well trained staff members provide professional match support through frequent contact with Little/Big matches, to ensure healthy relationship development and child safety.

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of America sets specific metrics for quality and growth for its many affiliate agencies. These metrics are: 1) Growth in End Active Matches; 2) Community-Based 12-month Retention Rate of 64% or higher; 3) School/Site-Based 12-month Retention Rate of 41% or higher; 4) Match Support Rate of 90% or higher; 5) Revenue Growth of 5% or higher; and 6) Minimum of 150 children served and $150,000 in revenues. Agencies that meet or exceed all six of these metrics are classified as “Gold Standard Agencies.” Only 13 of 352 agencies achieved this distinction last year. BBBSMM met five of the six metrics, and we continue to strive to reach Gold Standard status.

    BBBSMM employs an Agency Information Management system to track all Little/Big match support and to document our effectiveness in attracting Little and Big candidates and in creating and supporting Little/Big matches over time.

    We measure program impact by using scientifically-based pre- and post-surveys. Our Strength of Relationship survey of Bigs and Littles measures coping, lack of disappointment, safety, importance, closeness, connectedness, lack of frustration, confidence, and decision-making. We administer a Youth Outcome Survey to children at the one-year match mark, to measure Relationships (parental trust, social acceptance); Academics (scholastic competence, educational expectations, self-assessment of academic performance); and Risk Behaviors (attitudes toward drug and alcohol use, hitting, cheating, and skipping school).

    These outcomes are based on well-established protective factors that can increase a youth’s likelihood of staying in school and becoming a productive citizen. We also use testimonials from Bigs and match support notes from parents to evaluate each match’s success. Every month we review our impact through a Core Business Scorecard that evaluates Quality Growth; Positive Outcomes; Intentionality; Sustainability; and Efficiency. These data inform our programming, ensuring that we are making progress toward achieving our goals.

    We disseminate the results of our work with children to the general public through a combination of traditional and new media communications: media releases, our Chief Executive Officer Alex Gaeth's and other staffers’ outreach to individuals and groups, meetings and electronic communications with partners in other projects, e-news blasts, and web page, Facebook, and Twitter postings.

    Mr. Gaeth serves as Co-Chair of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Small-Mid Agency Alliance, a national affinity group that represents about 75% of the BBBS agencies across the United States and is engaged in advocacy and professional development on a national scale. From this position, BBBSMM has the perfect opportunity to share the successful outcomes of the project for which we seek The Lawrence Foundation's support across the nation and to encourage and support its replication.

  • History:
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine (BBBSMM) first provided services to children in the Boothbay, Maine area in 1978, operating as an affiliate of the Boothbay Region YMCA as Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Boothbay Region. We received our charter as a Big Brothers Big Sisters of America agency in 1979. In 1988 our agency changed its name to Lincoln County Big Brothers Big Sisters and relocated to Damariscotta. We centralized our operations in a Rockland office in 2008 to better serve Knox, Lincoln, and Waldo Counties.

    After our colleagues at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Maine discontinued services to Penobscot County, we expanded our service area in 2011 to include that area, hired another full-time program staff member and a temporary special events coordinator and opened a new office at the Bangor YMCA. We now support Penobscot County youth with two full-time program staff.

    In 2012, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kennebec Valley closed its doors and Kennebec and Somerset Counties lost Big Brothers Big Sisters services. Our agency stepped in again; we worked with the former Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kennebec Valley Board, the United Way of Kennebec Valley, the United Way of Mid-Maine, and local corporate partners to put the infrastructure in place to re-ignite Big Brothers Big Sisters programming in Kennebec and Somerset Counties.

    We opened an office at the Alfond Youth Center in Waterville, hired two additional full-time program staff and a part-time Special Events Manager, developed strong partnerships with Kennebec Valley businesses and organizations, and created and supported 40 Little/Big matches in local schools and out in the Greater Waterville community, serving a total of 74 local youth in 2013.

    We now are a ten-person, six-county agency serving more than 780 youth annually from offices in Camden, Bangor, and Waterville. Our current name, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine, reflects our expanded service area, which covers a large region of this state.

  • Year established:1978
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:14
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:10


  • 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:01-0384833

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:010384833
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:48 WASHINGTON ST STE 16
  • Organization City:CAMDEN
  • Organization State:ME
  • Organization Zip:04843-1585
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:March, 1984
  • 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:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:
  • Asset Amount:$69,292
  • Asset Code:3 ($25,000 - $99,999)
  • Income Amount:$639,768
  • Income Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$551,521
  • Last Updated:2/18/2018 10:07:19 pm

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