Strong Leadership + Bold Vision =
BIG Results

Our Mission is to provide children 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.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago  is an affiliate of the oldest, most respected mentoring organization in the US. We are a mission driven, performance based organization that is professionally managed and provides high quality 1:1 mentoring services to 1,700 of Metro Chicago’s most at-risk children and their families across four counties: Cook, DuPage and Lake Counties in Illinois and Indiana.

As Metro Chicago and Northwest Indiana’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”) between the ages of 7 and 14.  Private corporate, foundation and individual contributions provide 94% of our revenue base upon which we build programming that meets the needs of each child individually, whether he/she comes from a disadvantaged or single-parent home, lives in foster care, has been abused or neglected, is involved in the juvenile justice system or simply needs a consistent friendship. Our programs are proven to keep kids in school, out of trouble and on the path to post-graduate success.

Our Impact

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago (BBBSMC) helps children realize their potential and build their futures. We nurture children, strengthen communities and believe that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life.

83 % of Littles improved their
relationships with peers

91 % of Littles reported their Big helped
with problem solving

100 % of Littles go on to graduate
from high school

Jeremy Foster
Chief Executive Officer

From 2010 to early 2017, Jeremy was our Senior Vice President – Development at BBBSMC, managing a $3 million portfolio of corporate, foundation, and individual investors. Prior to 2010, Jeremy served as the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lake County. This year marks Jeremy’s 24th year as a nonprofit professional.Jeremy is originally from Sioux City, Iowa where he graduated from Briar Cliff University, holding a Bachelors’ Degree in Sociology and Business Administration and is a certified Family Development Specialist through the University of Iowa.

Michelle Hanfling
Senior Director of Site Based Programs

Michelle is responsible for the management and oversight of the School, Workplace, Club, Flex and Evening Site Based Programs. She supervises four Managers of Site Based Mentoring and has 18 Site Based Program staff. Michelle has been with the Agency fourteen years and has held positions of increasing responsibility in the Site Based Program area.Michelle received a Masters of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago and holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She currently resides in Chicago with her husband and daughter.

Muna A. Walker
Director of Customer Service and Processing

Prior to joining BBBSMC in December of 2014, Muna spent ten years assisting with the nationwide replication of the Amachi Mentoring Model, a mentoring program for children of incarcerated parents. She served as Program Director at Public/Private Ventures and later as Vice President of Amachi, Inc. Throughout her tenure she worked with more than a hundred BBBS and mentoring organizations across the country.Before joining the nonprofit sector, Muna held various roles in financial services. She holds a Bachelor of Communications from Santa Clara University, a Masters in Journalism from Northwestern University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Ashley Smith
Senior Manager of Community Based Match Support

Ashley is responsible for the supervision and oversight of Match Support staff to ensure the quality and safety of the community based matches and consistency of programming. She has been with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago since August of 2012 and has over ten years experience working in youth development and the nonprofit field in both Los Angeles and Chicago. Ashley is also responsible for providing case management services to those in one to one mentoring relationships while ensuring child safety, positive impacts for youth, constructive and satisfying relationships between children and volunteers, and a strong sense of affiliation with BBBS on the part of parents and volunteers.Ashley received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Chicago and her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Tim Corp
Director of Finance

Tim is responsible for all areas of Finance including Accounts Receivable, Accounts payable, Cash Flow Management, Employee Payroll and monthly reporting to the BBBSMC Board of Directors Finance Committee. Prior to joining BBBS in 2013, Tim enjoyed a 20-year career with ADS Logistics Co, LLC where he served as their Chief Financial Officer.Tim holds an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management and an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Iowa State University. He grew up in Frankfort, IL and attended Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox.

Everardo Franco
Director of Administration and Operations

Everado’s career has evolved across all areas of administration and operations including benefits, employee relations, staffing, compensation, physical & technical infrastructure, legal compliance, strategic initiatives and day-to- day agency operations. He has been with BBBSMC for fourteen years.Prior to his career with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Everado worked with a variety of organizations including the National Center for Latinos with Disabilities (NCLD), where he held titles as Office Manager, Associate Director and Executive Director during his ten year career with the NCLD. He has also worked at the International Latino Cultural Center (formerly the CLC), and the National Puerto Rican Forum. Everado is a graduate of East-West University and resides in Chicago, Illinois.

Kristine Brown
Marketing and Communications Manager

Kristine is responsible for planning, development and implementation of the agency’s integrated marketing strategies, both internal and external. Prior to joining BBBSMC, she served in account management and copywriter positions at marketing and advertising agencies, Upshot and Integrated Marketing Solutions. Kristine has worked on various consumer promotion, social media and brand engagement programs.Kristine received a master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Medill, Northwestern University, and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Boston College. She graduated from Barrington High School and currently resides in Chicago.

Jeremy Foster
Chief Executive Officer
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Jeremy Foster
Chief Executive Officer

From 2010 to early 2017, Jeremy was our Senior Vice President – Development at BBBSMC, managing a $3 million portfolio of corporate, foundation, and individual investors. Prior to 2010, Jeremy served as the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lake County. This year marks Jeremy’s 24th year as a nonprofit professional.Jeremy is originally from Sioux City, Iowa where he graduated from Briar Cliff University, holding a Bachelors’ Degree in Sociology and Business Administration and is a certified Family Development Specialist through the University of Iowa.

Michelle Hanfling
Senior Director of Site Based Programs
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Michelle Hanfling
Senior Director of Site Based Programs

Michelle is responsible for the management and oversight of the School, Workplace, Club, Flex and Evening Site Based Programs. She supervises four Managers of Site Based Mentoring and has 18 Site Based Program staff. Michelle has been with the Agency fourteen years and has held positions of increasing responsibility in the Site Based Program area.Michelle received a Masters of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago and holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She currently resides in Chicago with her husband and daughter.

Muna A. Walker
Director of Customer Service and Processing
my bio
Muna A. Walker
Director of Customer Service and Processing

Prior to joining BBBSMC in December of 2014, Muna spent ten years assisting with the nationwide replication of the Amachi Mentoring Model, a mentoring program for children of incarcerated parents. She served as Program Director at Public/Private Ventures and later as Vice President of Amachi, Inc. Throughout her tenure she worked with more than a hundred BBBS and mentoring organizations across the country.Before joining the nonprofit sector, Muna held various roles in financial services. She holds a Bachelor of Communications from Santa Clara University, a Masters in Journalism from Northwestern University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Ashley Smith
Senior Manager of Community Based Match Support
my bio
Ashley Smith
Senior Manager of Community Based Match Support

Ashley is responsible for the supervision and oversight of Match Support staff to ensure the quality and safety of the community based matches and consistency of programming. She has been with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago since August of 2012 and has over ten years experience working in youth development and the nonprofit field in both Los Angeles and Chicago. Ashley is also responsible for providing case management services to those in one to one mentoring relationships while ensuring child safety, positive impacts for youth, constructive and satisfying relationships between children and volunteers, and a strong sense of affiliation with BBBS on the part of parents and volunteers.Ashley received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Chicago and her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Tim Corp
Director of Finance
my bio
Tim Corp
Director of Finance

Tim is responsible for all areas of Finance including Accounts Receivable, Accounts payable, Cash Flow Management, Employee Payroll and monthly reporting to the BBBSMC Board of Directors Finance Committee. Prior to joining BBBS in 2013, Tim enjoyed a 20-year career with ADS Logistics Co, LLC where he served as their Chief Financial Officer.Tim holds an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management and an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Iowa State University. He grew up in Frankfort, IL and attended Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox.

Everardo Franco
Director of Administration and Operations
my bio
Everardo Franco
Director of Administration and Operations

Everado’s career has evolved across all areas of administration and operations including benefits, employee relations, staffing, compensation, physical & technical infrastructure, legal compliance, strategic initiatives and day-to- day agency operations. He has been with BBBSMC for fourteen years.Prior to his career with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Everado worked with a variety of organizations including the National Center for Latinos with Disabilities (NCLD), where he held titles as Office Manager, Associate Director and Executive Director during his ten year career with the NCLD. He has also worked at the International Latino Cultural Center (formerly the CLC), and the National Puerto Rican Forum. Everado is a graduate of East-West University and resides in Chicago, Illinois.

Kristine Brown
Marketing and Communications Manager
my bio
Kristine Brown
Marketing and Communications Manager

Kristine is responsible for planning, development and implementation of the agency’s integrated marketing strategies, both internal and external. Prior to joining BBBSMC, she served in account management and copywriter positions at marketing and advertising agencies, Upshot and Integrated Marketing Solutions. Kristine has worked on various consumer promotion, social media and brand engagement programs.Kristine received a master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Medill, Northwestern University, and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Boston College. She graduated from Barrington High School and currently resides in Chicago.

Our Team

Our dedicated staff of over 55 talented individuals have made it their mission to make a difference in a child’s life each and every day.

Click here for a full staff list.

 


 

Board of Directors

Experienced. Involved. Passionate.

The Board of Directors holds our CEO and organization accountable to the mission of: providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

The Board is vital to helping secure and sustain corporate partnerships and programs, aid in our fundraising efforts and oversee the work of our CEO, Jeremy Foster.

Click here to view our Board of Directors members

 


 

Leadership Board

Get on Board!

Our Leadership Board is devoted to the organization’s vision of making a positive difference in a child’s life. They provide funds to grow the agency, recruit and develop future mentors, partners and Board members, and generate public awareness of the organization in a fun and collaborative environment. The Leadership Board is comprised of young professionals who share a common interest in serving our community and enjoying themselves along the way.

Click here to view our Leadership Board members

 


 

Financials

Putting Your Generosity to Work

BBBSMC has built a strong foundation for sustainable growth. Your generosity keeps us going and enables us to start more kids on the right path. We look forward to sharing how your contribution is being used to serve children, their families and our communities.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with its own audited financial statements.

 

FY16 Financial StatementFY16 Form 990
FY15 Financial StatementFY15 Form 990
FY14 Financial StatementFY14 Form 990
FY13 Financial StatementFY13 Form 990
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Alumni

Welcome Back!

We love hearing from our past Littles.  And Bigs.  And Board Members.  Anyone, really, who touched our organization and made it better.

Share your stories with us – They inspire others to join our organization

Connect with other alumni  – You never know what that will spark

Reconnect with BBBSMC – There’s always plenty of new opportunities around here

 

We’re committed to our alumni.  We’re looking to give voice and build momentum for our mission, raise capital support for our vital mentoring programs, and provide opportunities for networking.

When our alumni get back involved, we ensure that our nation’s children will have the opportunities they need to reach their potential.

Reconnect with us today!