Better Business Bureau Report for
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah

Better Business Bureau Report issued May 2017
Better Business Bureau Report expires May 2018

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah
Address: 151 East 5600 South, Suite 200
  Murray, UT 84107
Phone: 801-313-0303
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1978, Utah
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: "is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change a child’s life for the better, forever. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah holds itself accountable for each child that has a mentor achieving educational success; higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships; and avoidance of risky behaviors."

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Evaluation Conclusions


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah (BBBSU) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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BBBSU facilitates four main mentoring programs: mentor2.0, which is launching in fall 2014, the Community-Based Mentoring Program, the School-Based Mentoring Program and Beyond School Walls. Please find more details below. a. mentor2.0 BBBSU's mentor2.0 program is a school-based mentoring program that empowers high school students from disadvantaged communities to graduate high school, succeed in college and achieve their ambitions. mentor2.0 partners with public schools to provide each student in a classroom with a college-educated mentor. Mentors and Mentees build strong personal relationships that help the mentees develop key college-success skills, such as critical thinking, self-advocacy and perseverance. Mentors also provide mentees with individual guidance through the college exploration, application and transition process. Pairs meet once a month in person at group events and email once a week on mentor2.0's secure on-line platform. b. Community-Based Program This program matches children in need between the ages of 6 and 17 in one-to-one mentoring relationships with caring adult mentors. The Community-Based Program is BBBSU's oldest and most well-established mentoring program. In this program, a mentor, or "Big", makes a minimum of a 12-month commitment to be matched with a child, or "Little". The matched mentor and child meet two to four times per month. Activities in which matches participate run the gamut from working on homework to visiting a museum to playing sports to pursuing specialized shared interests. Regardless, the growing bond between the child and mentor creates a safety net within which the child feels comfortable sharing concerns, problems, joys and accomplishments. c. School-Based Program In the 2013-2014 school year, BBBSU is operating in 20 elementary schools, 79% of which are Title I. This program matches children in need between the ages of 6 and 12 with caring mentors who meet with children on the school grounds once a week. In the School-Based Program, teachers and counselors, in partnership with parents, refer children. Once parents have consented, children are matched with caring mentors who spend one-to-one time with them on a weekly basis, either after school or during lunch. d. Beyond School Walls Beyond School Walls (BSW) is a unique version of Big Brothers Big Sisters one-to-one youth mentoring program. Through a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah, companies give back to our community by hosting children from a nearby school at their corporate office. The children are bussed to the workplace and meet with their employee volunteer mentor during lunch every other week. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah currently has three BSW partnerships: Comcast, eBay and Goldman Sachs.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, BBBSU's program expenses were:

Mentoring Programs 1,168,795
Total Program Expenses: $1,168,795
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Chief Executive : Nancy Winemiller Basinger, PhD, President and CEO

Chair of the Board: Debbie Stone
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Owner, Evolutionary HR

Board Size: 21

Paid Staff Size: 32

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, radio, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 10% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,619,017, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on BBBSU's audited financial statements - combined for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015.

Source of Funds  
Friends of BBBSU 438,700
Government grants 267,542
Corporate donations 224,937
Special Events 195,189
United Way 192,865
Foundation grants 152,850
Contributions 134,621
In-kind donations 12,313
Interest and Dividends 8,866
Unrealized loss on investments -19,572
Total Income $1,608,311


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 84%  Fund Raising: 12%  Administrative: 4% 

Total income $1,608,311
Program expenses $1,168,795
Fund raising expenses 166,156
Administrative expenses 52,880
Total expenses $1,387,831
Income in Excess of Expenses 220,480
Beginning net assets 577,938
Ending net assets 798,418
Total liabilities 59,800
Total assets $858,218

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