Big Sister League of San Diego Inc (San Diego, CA)


  • Name:Cassandra Robinson
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Big Sister League of San Diego Inc
  • Address:115 Redwood Street
    San Diego, CA 92103
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:6192971172
  • Main fax:6192973908

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  • Mission:
  • The Big Sister League of San Diego, Inc. assists women in San Diego County by providing supervised transitional housing and support services. The Big Sister League's programs are designed to encourage confidence, self-esteem, and independence in women with a mental illness.

  • Overview:
  • The Big Sister League homes can serve up to 32 women, providing them with housing, counseling, and social services. Residents may stay in our transitional program or live in our permanent home. This program has become a primary housing resource for many women with mental illness and/or abuse histories in San Diego County through the years.

  • History:
  • The Big Sister League of San Diego, Inc. (BSL) was established in 1942 to serve the needs of women and children unable to find suitable housing in San Diego. It was a time of war when many women traveled to San Diego to join husbands and boyfriends only to find that the men had already been sent to fight in the Pacific. Pursuant to local law, any woman without housing and on the street after 10:00 P.M. was taken to jail and separated from her children who were sent to Hillcrest Receiving Home. Because the jail bunks had no mattresses, women slept on the bare springs. They were referred to as 'waffle ladies' because the pattern of the bare bedsprings left an imprint on their backs.

    Addressing this crisis, Mrs. Frances Woods and a small group of downtown professional women organized the League. The Mrs. Woods rented the first home that provided housing for fifteen women and their children. Nightly, Mrs. Woods and her group of women arrived at the jail to advocate on behalf of the homeless women; they were able to provide these women with a safe and comfortable place to stay.

  • Year established:1942
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:7
  • Advisory board size:7
  • Staff size:9


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:95-1793706

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:951793706
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:115 REDWOOD ST
  • Organization City:SAN DIEGO
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:92103-5619
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:July, 1981
  • 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 publicĀ 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • 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:$655,094
  • Asset Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • Income Amount:$681,648
  • Income Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$681,648
  • Last Updated:2/21/2018 8:52:28 pm

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.