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Big Brothers Big Sisters is not your typical organization. We help children realize their potential and build their futures. We nurture children and strengthen communities. And we couldn’t do any of it without you.

A Little Guidance

83% of former Littles surveyed agree that their Big instilled values and principles that have guided them through life.

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Sustainable giving helps us empower and guide more children.

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Changing perspectives. Changing lives.

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.  Click here to view our 2012 Annual Report and learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County's  Mission is to help children reach their full potential through professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County's Vision strives to ensure all children seeking a mentor receive a mentor and reach their full potential.Our Programs Start Something

Here's the proof. National research has shown that positive relationships between Littles and their Bigs have a direct and measurable impact on children’s lives. By participating in our programs, Little Brothers and Sisters are:
  • more confident in their schoolwork performance
  • able to get along better with their families
  • 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
  • 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
  • 52% less likely to skip school.1

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1Tierney, J.P., Grossman, J.B., and Resch, N.L. (1995) Making a Difference: An Impact Study of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Philadelphia: Public/Private Ventures

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