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2018 ANNUAL IMPACT REPORT In a world of causes, we make a difference by creating professionally supported, one-to-one matches for kids who want to realize their full potential.

IGNITING. INSPIRING. EMPOWERING. POTENTIAL.

Our Mission is to build and support one-to-one relationships to ignite the biggest possible futures for youth.

Our Vision is that all children achieve their full potential.

here are just a few things things we accomplished together last year

147 new matches

377 active matches

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POTENTIAL BIGS REACHED

here is a snapshot of Our Littles

"I think it was meant to be for them to be matched. I hope we can keep Sarah around forever." — Marisa's Mom

from our ceo

Success can be measured in developing empathy, learning how to resolve conflict, and a child realizing their worth.

We believe that every child deserves a chance to be great. And that every child should believe they can be great. That looks different on every child we serve. When we defend the potential of our kids, we can provide a foundation for our community that consists of responsible, productive and kind adults. Adults who show up for their friends, keep their commitments and be there for their neighbor. And frankly isn’t that what we are all trying to accomplish?

John and Zaine
"John has shaped who I am today." — Zaine (Little)

2018 was AN INCREDIBLE YEAR!

WE CHANGED OUR LOGO

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America announced the launch of our new logo and other rebranding efforts.

With the help of State Farm Agents of Southwest Missouri, we were able to launch the rebrand here in our community on Oct. 1.

WE RAISED MORE THAN $315,000 IN EVENTS

Our agency's signature events include Taste of the Ozarks, Bowl for Kids' Sake and Ozarks Beerfest. We also host Battle of the Badges and partner in several third-party events such as Rock 'N Ribs, Price Cutter Charity Championship and O'Reilly Golf Tournaments.

2018 revenue

we recognized several bigs for their service

BIG SISTER OF THE YEAR

Karen McDonald, of Springfield, has been matched with her Little, Kylie, since 2008.

Big Brother of the Year

Captain Tad Peters, of the Springfield Police Department, has been matched with his Little, Nick, since 2011.

2018 PIATCHEK SCHOLARSHIP

John Piatchek presented Lunch Buddy Nicole Moore with the annual scholarship award.

we won an award, too!

In 2018, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks was one of 19 BBBS agencies to earn the Quality Award. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America awards the honor to agencies that demonstrate exemplary high achievement and measured quality outcomes for children and families in their communities.

Agencies receiving the Quality Award met or exceeded the following goals in 2018:

1) Served a minimum of 150 children and raised at least $150,000 in revenue; 2) Achieved a Community-Based 12-month retention rate of 74.8% or higher; 3) Achieved a Site-Based 12-month retention rate of 55.9% or higher; 4) Maintained a Match Support Contact done rate of 90% or higher.

WE FORGED A PATH TO SUSTAINABLE FUNDING

Our Think Big Foundation opened a 10,000-sq-ft collection facility to process and ship donated items across the world. The Think Big team was able secure an exclusive partnership with Price Cutter to host clothing donation bins at every area store.

THINK BIG has:

  • 56 clothing donation bins throughout the Springfield Metropolitan Area
  • Diverted more than 1.2 million lbs of textile waste from the Springfield landfill
  • Brought nearly $250,000 of outside capital into the Springfield community from clothing buyers across the country

2018 GOVERNING BOARD

Thomas Lane, President | Missouri State University

Brandy Buckler, Treasurer | BKD

Christopher Weiss, President Elect | Husch Blackwell

Courtney Brown, Vice President | O'Reilly Hospitality Management

Lacy Martin, Secretary | Commerce Bank

Dan Derges, Past President | Mid-Missouri Bank

Adam Graddy | Keller Williams Realty

Adam Toth | Toth & Associates

Alan Perryman | Simmons Bank

Andy Peebles | Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell, & Brown, P.C.

Angela Blevins | BP Builders

Christian Lewis | Simmons Bank

Curt Ringgold | Springfield Police Department

Dan Malachowski | Baron Financial Group

Erin Malone | SRC Electrical

Jamie Dopp | City Utilities

Kevin Wagner | Vecino Group

Mitchell Brandt | The Alchemedia Project

Nate Dunville | Neale & Newman

Scott Meier | Midwest Family Broadcasting

Stan Jinks | Edward Jones

Stephanie Murphy | Guaranty Bank

Sundy Muse-Morton | Steelman Transportation

Ty Alexander | Terracon

staff

Ashley French | Chief Executive Officer

Dana Rust | Administrative Assistant & Program Support

Chelsea Dykman | Chief Operating Officer

Trysta Herzog | Chief Relations Officer

Susan Mellentine | Development Director

Lauren Cooksey | Special Events Director

Kim Harbin | Director of Enrollment

Jessica Hall | Match Support and Quality Specialist

Melissa Potts | Match Support Specialist

Megan Borgna | Match Support Specialist

Maggie Riggs | Senior Lunch Buddy Coordinator

Katie Tyson | Lunch Buddy Coordinator

Tyler Moles | President, Think Big Foundation

please help us thank our key partners in potential

We could operate day-to-day without the help of these in-kind partners.

thank you for all your support in 2018!

Credits:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks

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