436 Georgetown Street
Lexington KY 40508
Contact Information
Address 436 Georgetown Street
Lexington, KY 40508
Phone (859) 231-8181
Fax 859 253-2423
Contact Name Kathryn Harvey
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At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1958
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Do something BIG! Monetary donations may be made on-line at or by mailing a check to our office at 436 Georgetown Street Lexington, KY 40508.  Currently, we are in need of volunteers, 18 years or older that would like to mentor a child age 6 - 13.  For more information about our mentor program please contact our office at 859-231-8181
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass is to provide children facing adversity with strong, enduring, professionally-supported, one-to-one relationships that change a child’s life for the better, forever.
Background Statement In 1957, Big Brothers of Lexington was chartered as a non-profit corporation in Kentucky to serve boys who had been left without an adult male in their home due to death, divorce, or imprisonment.  Our Big Sisters program was added in 1977.  For over fifty years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass has helped change children's perspectives and given them the opportunity to reach their potential.  We have over fifty years of volunteers, donors, and advocates just like you to thank.  More than fifty years later, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass remains true to our vision of bringing caring role models into the lives of children.
Impact Statement Big Brothers Big Sisters Success Over the past five years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass (BBBS-BG) program has positively impacted nearly 3,000 children in the Central Kentucky region.  These children face adversity; however, with assistance from the agency and their mentor, Big, the child's life changed for the better, forever.Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass is proud to state that our match length is exceeds the national average.   The longer, stronger, professionally supported mentor relationship allows the child to build a true one-to-one relationship with the adult mentor in their life.  The adult mentor positively impacts the child's life and in turn the child learns trust, self-confidence, and create goal setting for his or her life.  The Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcome Surveys (BBBS-YOS) are completed by the Littles at the beginning of the match and annually to examine and measure changes in three main areas-school related performance, risky behaviors, and socio-emotional competency.  When comparing those children matched with a Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor to those waiting to be served by Big Brothers Big Sisters, researchers discovered: Despite the barriers the face, 94% of Littles said they have a lot or some confidence they will achieve their goals.93% of Littles said to have adults who care ad look out for them is very important to helping the achieve their goals. 97% of Littles said working hard in school is very important. 95% of Littles said going to school and getting a good education is very important.94% of Littles said graduating from college is very important.  An increase in funding enables us to effectively and efficiently enroll, support, and care for more children and their families in the Central Kentucky region.  The Big Brothers Big Sisters match process is made possible solely through financial support.  In 2016, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass is prepared to match children who face adversity in our new school mentoring programs.  While starting new programs, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass has continued to serve over five hundred children in our community that come from a variety of backgrounds: single parent homes, growing up in poverty, and/or coping with parental incarceration.
Needs Statement Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass most pressing need is monetary donations.  Since, Big Brothers Big Sisters is a private nonprofit organization; all, funding we receive is invested back into our program.  The number of children waiting for a mentor, Big, in the Central Kentucky areas is approximately one hundred seventy.  In order for our organization to sere these children, financial growth is imperative  In addition to securing funds, we would like to recruit volunteers to be mentors to children in need.  Volunteers, especially men, are needed to serve as Bigs to Littles on our waiting lists.
CEO/Executive Director Statement

Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Children's and Youth Services
Tertiary Organization Category Education / Elementary & Secondary Schools
Geographic Areas Served
Fayette County
Madison County
Boyle County
Montgomery County
Bourbon County
Clark County
Lincoln County
Scott County
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass became a regional program that today provides mentoring services to children in Central Kentucky with offices in Fayette, Madison, Boyle, and Montgomery Counties.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. Big Brothers Big Sisters is the premier children's mentoring agency in the United States.  Big Brothers Big Sisters has been in the business of mentoring for over one hundred ten years nationally and over fifty years in the Bluegrass Region.  There are over three hundred Big Brothers Big Sisters offices nation-wide and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass has served thousands of children while operating in the Bluegrass Region.  Our programs have been tried, tested, and proven to get maximum results. Big Brothers Big Sisters has two types of mentoring programs, a community-based program and a school-plus program.  The community-based program provides adult mentors (Bigs) to children (Littles) in Central Kentucky who are in need of a positive role model.  Community-based mentoring is the traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters relationship, where the Bigs and Littles get together in the community to share fun activities they both enjoy.  Typically, matches will meet for approximately one hour a week. The school-plus program matches volunteer mentors with children at local partnering schools.  The volunteers commit to visiting their Little Brother or Sister at their school once per week during the school year at a time that as been prearranged and approved by the child's teacher and school administration. For more than one hundred years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the inherent belief that every child has the ability to succeed in life.  AS the nation's largest donor and volunteer supported mentor 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.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass' goal is to develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. Our vision is simple: all children achieve success in life. Our Mission: provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring professionally  supported on-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.Accountability is crucial by partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers, school administrators and others in the community.  We are accountable for each in our program achieving:  -educational succes-Higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships  -avoidance of risky behaviors
Board Chair
Board Chair Seth Salomon
Company Affiliation Salomon & Company
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2017
Board Members
Jeff Anderson WKYTVoting
Hillary Angelucci LFUCGVoting
Todd Bivins RJ CormanVoting
David Fraley VavolineVoting
Brandon Green PNCVoting
Sara Hodgson ValvolineVoting
Anna Hovekamp Central BankVoting
Will Jones Bullhorn Marketing LLCVoting
Stacie Marksbury Marksbury Family FoundationVoting
Abe Mashni Baldni, Rowland & RichardsonVoting
Brian Maynard Lexington Police DepartmentVoting
John Morton Thrivent FinancialVoting
Christian Motley Kentucky Education AssociationVoting
John Perkins FirstGearVoting
Bill Potter Traditional BankVoting
Seth Salomon Salomon & CompanyVoting
Michael Scanlon ZenithNonVoting
Barbie Sirimongkhon BCTCVoting
Keith Slaughter Bechtel ParsonsVoting
Reginald Smith Messer ConstructionVoting
Adam Smith Stites & HarbisonVoting
Alan Stein TheSteinGroupVoting
Kevin Stinnett Premier Financial GroupVoting
Hunter Stout Dean, Dorton, Allen, FordVoting
Tyler Street Lexington InsuranceVoting
Amanda Thomas Gray ConstructionVoting
Catherine Wright Dinsmore & SholVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 24
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 20
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 83%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 30%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Human Resources / Personnel
Program / Program Planning
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mrs. Andrea Ooten
Term Start Aug 2016
Full Time Staff 9
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 503
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 70%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
Mr. Ralph Coldiron Jan 2013 - Nov
Eric Ward Feb 2012 - Nov 2013
Senior Staff
Title Director of Programming
Title Business/Grants Manager
Experience/Biography Ms. Harvey brings over 15 years non-profit experience in both programming and administration.  She received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky.
Title Community Engagement Coordinator
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually

Our community and school programs involve our Bigs and Littles meeting weekly for a minimum of one year. Matches are made with considerations to location, interests, activities, and personalities. Getting together doesn’t require a special occasion or expensive activities; just sharing simple things you already enjoy with a young person. Like shooting hoops, playing a game, sharing pizza, taking a walk or hanging out & talking. Mentors vary in age, gender, professions & interests. One quality all mentors share is the desire to offer emotional support, guidance, consistency, & friendship. Children in the program are kids who could greatly benefit from additional adult guidance. Children are referred to the program for many reasons: many come from homes where quality adult attention is limited by single-parenthood, many siblings or transitional housing, including foster care. Whatever the circumstances, these children need an adult in their lives who is caring, consistent, knows how to listen, and serves as a positive role model.

Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), At-Risk Populations, Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Long term Success Our long term program results clearly show our program is successful in improving self-confidence, goal achievement, social competence, and academic competence, avoidance of delinquent/negative social behaviors and improved relationships with family/peers adults. Our focus is to provide children with caring and dedicated individuals who help them to develop self confidence, social competence and caring for others, as well as the skills/assets that will help them in all areas of academia and to resist engaging in risky behaviors. Matching children with an appropriate and caring volunteer is a vital aspect of our program. 
Program Success Monitored By We empower volunteers to get involved with the educational progress of their Little Brother or Sister by integrating aspects of the YOS (Youth Outcome Survey) into daily mentoring activities. Our YOS is used to garner information from the child from areas such as: social acceptance, scholastic competency, educational expectations, grades, truancy, parental trust, and risky behaviors. By helping the volunteer to address these key aspects of elementary and middle school learning, better academic success for each child may be achieved. Program support staff act as a liaison between child, parent, volunteer, and teacher to address these seven areas of measurement. Through this process our agency is able to help the parent identify areas of concern with learning and social acceptance from each child.
Examples of Program Success Big Brothers Big Sisters of America evaluates its member agencies by gauging each agency’s Average Match Length (AML) metric. The national goal for average match length is about 22 months for community and the average nationally for school matches is about 12 months. BBBS of the Bluegrass exceeded those averages as our AML for community matches is 30.5 months and AML for school matches is 15.2 months. Through our matching process and exceptional match support we are able to achieve these high marks. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass is extremely proud of national recognition from BBBSA (Big Brothers Big Sisters of America) for the exceptional longevity of our matches.   
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Dec 2016
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
We have long-standing partnerships with state and local government departments, agencies, and community organizations that assist our program and clients with basic needs, activities, community services, referrals, holiday food baskets, and other needed services. As part of our Client Needs Assessment with each family participating in our program, we gather information pertaining to services the child and/or family is receiving from other agencies. We believe that it is extremely important to not only prevent possible duplication of services, but to also begin collaborating with other supporting professionals as well to better serve the needs of the child. Referrals to other agencies are made on an as needed basis.
Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/Chapter1957
Kentucky Nonprofit Network2012
United Way Member Agency1980
Commerce Lexington2007
Member Downtown Lexington Corporation2015
Gold StandardBig Brothers Big Sisters of America2014
Quality AwardBig Brothers Big Sisters of America2015
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? Yes
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $651,224.00
Projected Expenses $638,050.00
Endowment Value $9,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$27,228$0$6,250
Individual Contributions$523,130$243,898$251,502
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues------
Special Events$152,739$213,923$254,782
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$563,806$467,993$439,929
Administration Expense$66,619$89,426$73,663
Fundraising Expense$55,906$83,587$66,489
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.090.861.11
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%73%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%16%11%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$70,135$5,669$97,829
Current Assets$70,135$5,669$97,829
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$70,135$5,669$97,829
Form 990s
2016 990 2016
2015 990
2014 2014 990
2013 990 2013
2012 990 2012
2011 990 2011
2010 990 2010
2009 990
2008 990
2007 990
Audit Documents
2015 Audit
2014 2014 Audit
2013 2013 Audit
2012 2012 Audit
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
Address 436 Georgetown Street
Lexington, KY 40508
Primary Phone 859 231-8181
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Andrea Ooten
Board Chair Seth Salomon
Board Chair Company Affiliation Salomon & Company