Executive VP of Southern Bells Inc. Donates $1 Million to Local Agency
Recently, Executive Vice President of Southern Bells Inc. Charles Brown donated $1 million dollars to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana, the largest individual donation in the agency’s history. Brown, who co-owns 75 Taco Bell restaurants in three states, is a long-time board member and former board president for the Central Indiana agency.
“It’s a true testament to Charlie’s commitment to youth and belief in the impact of Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana CEO Darcey Palmer-Shultz.
The generous donation will support the agency’s work in creating and sustaining successful, long-term matches between volunteers (Bigs) and children seeking mentors (Littles). Big Brothers Big Sisters relies on funding from partners and individuals so that it can provide professional mentor managers to assist Bigs and Littles through the initial match and to carefully monitor and thoughtfully support the match as it progresses.
In a video interview with the Indianapolis Business Journal, Brown speaks about how Big Brothers Big Sisters’ rigorous collection of data and regular measurement of the impact its programs are having on the youth it serves influenced his decision to invest in the program.
“It really comes down to how they run their agency,” said Brown. “These agencies are rated on outcomes. ’What difference did you make on that child’s life?’ That is what’s important to me.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters was a proud co-host of the second annual National Mentoring Summit this January and at that summit, released an executive summary of its first annual Youth Outcomes Survey report. The report illustrates outcomes in three areas: educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, and socio-emotional competency. With the generous financial support of investors like Charles Brown, Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks to scale its impact and influence the lives of children facing adversity across the nation. An investment in Big Brothers Big Sisters of any amount – whether $1 million or $10 – will help change the life of a child for the better, forever.
Visit the website for the Indianapolis Business Journal to read the full story, as well as watch a video featuring Charles Brown.
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