CONGRATULATIONS to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County!

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County (BBBSOC) has made amazing accomplishments.  The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation matching grant has significantly improved BBBSOC fundraising efforts, up 40% from last year.

CONGRATULATIONS from all of us here at the Foundation.  Check out these awesome stats:


  • 85 more children are matched today than in September, 2015 – 6 months ago
    • Number of matches increased from 149 at end of September to 234 at end of February
    • This is a 57% increase in matches
    • Net increase of 61 matches in school-based programs, 7 matches in community-based, 17 in workplace-based
  • Waiting list reduced by 43 (from 200 to 157)
    • Occurred even with strong upward pressure from increasing community need
  • Launched school mentoring program for TR’s Walnut Street Elementary with student mentors from Toms River North
    • 65 elementary students currently matched, with 2 on waiting list
  • During a period of significant growth, program quality remains excellent
    • Ranked #1 in Northeast Region by BBBSA for match retention – “The strength is in the length” of the match
    • 85-100% of our Littles have improved or maintained on the 7 target “outcomes” that we measure, since joining the program
    • 100% of our community-based Littles have improved or maintained in “Attitudes toward risky behaviors”
  • Staff additions over the past year have been smoothly absorbed


  • Secured a 3 year matching grant from The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation
  • Weathered the departure of several long term board members
  • Added several new Board members
  • Our major event fundraising has significantly exceeded our past history
    • Annual Appeal – increased 22% over the prior two years
    • Gala 2015– increased 67% over the prior year
    • Casino 2015 – increased 31% over the prior year
    • The involvement of all Board members has made this happen
  • Have begun to build our capacity for major donor cultivation
    • Held a first event specifically for cultivation
    • Planning a second event

The Foundation is delighted that BBBSOC is helping to bring mentoring to the kids of Ocean County and we commend them for their hard work and determination.  Please come out and support BBBSOC at their annual gala on Saturday April 16, 2016 from 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm at Eagle Ridge Golf Club.  Please click here for more details.

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