Corporate Matching Gifts: An Easy Way to Double Your Impact
Thinking about supporting the great work of Big Brothers Big
Sisters of Central Texas? Or are you already participating? If so, you may be
able to double your impact with one simple step – finding out if the company
you work for matches donations to nonprofits. Many do. It’s an easy way to
instantly double your contribution.
2017 was a
banner year for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas. As we head into
2018, our 47th year of service in the community, we have just
experienced an exceptional year of fundraising success, exposure, and support
for the agency, along with the honor of having won a number of important
awards. Most important, however is the growth we achieved in the number of children
served – a terrific 5% increase over the previous year, which amounts to almost 1,000 kids
and families served, about 300 new matches made, and approximately 60,000 hours
of volunteer service given by Bigs.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas provides, coordinates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships for almost 1,000 children each year. BBBS’ program team consists of 19 staff members who work with each child, family member and volunteer to make and monitor these match relationships on an ongoing basis. Managing this activity for BBBS is Joe Strychalski, the agency’s Vice President of Programs.
“An experienced and trusted adviser, someone who gives a younger or less experienced person help and advice over a period of time” – that is the dictionary definition of a mentor. But at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas, our mentors, our Bigs, are that and so much more as they build deep friendships that change children’s lives for the better.
Over the past twelve months we’ve shared stories of some of the matches your support has made possible. As 2017 comes to a close, we followed up with one of these matches to learn more about their year. They have experienced some exciting changes.
Kids process time differently than
adults do, especially when they are waiting for something special. For kids
wanting a mentor, a friend, or someone to help them, being on a waiting list
can feel like it takes forever.
Big Brothers Big Sisters works hard to match as many kids who want mentors as possible. Unfortunately, matching all of the kids who apply doesn’t just automatically happen. Consequently, kids end up on our “waiting list.” We talked with Joe Strychalski, BBBS’ Vice President of Programs, to explore why this happens and how more kids can be moved off the waiting list and into the mentoring relationships they need and deserve.