Thank you once again for joining Mary Ann and I to learn more about Big Brothers Big Sister’s life-changing work, while enjoying some wonderful wines together! As the Campaign Co-Chair and a Board Member for 16 years, the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) mission to ensure that every child has the ability to thrive is really important to me.
As I mentioned, we wanted to share this to clarify for you what BBBS has set out to accomplish through the Drive for 5 Campaign. You’ll see how, together, we can help change the future for kids in our communities by empowering them to realize their full potential.
I am anxious to hear your thoughts and answer any questions when we have a chance to reconnect. In the meantime, just know how much your friendship and consideration is appreciated.
Having to choose which kid deserves our help…that doesn’t need to be an option
There are literally thousands of kids in our communities waiting for the life-changing opportunity that having a Big Brother or Big Sister offers. Every day, children experience too many negative influences and roadblocks to reaching their potential. That’s where you and the Drive for 5 (D45) come in to play. The goal of the D45 is to take the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ proven one-to-one mentoring model to scale and move from serving 2,000 kids to 5,000 annually.
first…watch the mission in action
The Road Ahead: How We Get To The $8.975M Goal
Making and sustaining one-to-one mentoring relationships is at the core of D45
• Invest in talented people who recruit, screen, train and match volunteers with children on the waitlist
• Provide ongoing match support and guidance to sustain life-changing relationships
• Invest in the latest technology to maximize efficiency and effectiveness in match making and match support
BBBS enriches each match through unique opportunities
• Invest in future-focused opportunities for Littles: reading and writing workshops, coding classes, campus visits and scholarships
• Invest in keeping matches together by providing shared experiences such as tickets to arts, cultural, and sporting events
Gain presence, relevance and trust in underserved neighborhoods and communities
• Establish six strategically located regional offices
• Employ individuals from targeted neighborhoods who are representative of the families we serve
• Build awareness and engagement through strategic community partnerships and outreach
Littles' Lives Are Changed
improved relationships with peers
avoided arrest or incarceration
graduated high school
Campaign Giving Chart
The following funding matrix represents the breakdown of gifts that will be needed to reach $8.975 million Campaign goal.
This goal represents gifts above and beyond annual
contributions and will likely be reached with pledges made
over a three to five-year time frame.
As you can see, the Drive for 5 is an investment in what’s needed to make meaningful and lasting change for children across Chicagoland. It allows us to create and support mentoring relationships so that we don’t have to tell kids or parents that “we can’t be there for you” when they need us. Together we can bring the power of one-to-one mentoring to more kids and families, defending each child’s potential along the way.
I hope this vision is something that speaks to you, and that you will join me as a Drive for 5 investor to make this a reality for kids in your community. Please accept the invitation to meet with Jeremy and Kate when they reach out so that you can share your perspectives, have your questions answered and give you more insights as to what this campaign is all about. I am always happy to talk with you, as well.
Frequently Asked Questions
MAKING MATCHES: $5,975,000
ENHANCING EXPERIENCES: $500,000
TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES: $2,500,000
Annual Fund provides "money to live on"
D45 Campaign provides "money to grow with"
The Annual Fund is integral to the operating budget. The Annual Fund and other event-related income are immediately put to our most pressing needs and operational costs. The Annual Fund represents an ongoing, continuing effort.
The D45 Campaign is an intensive, multi-year fundraising effort to secure gifts and pledges that will provide the resources needed to grow mission impact. The Campaign has a defined lifespan with a beginning and an end.