Mission: Founded in 1902, Bigs & Littles NYC Mentoring strives to transform the lives of children through one-to-one mentoring, while strengthening entire families in hardship. We envision a city in which all young people are empowered to recognize, reach for and achieve their full potential. Our programs include both community-based and site based mentoring services, family support services and life skills and college bound initiatives.

Bigs & Littles NYC Mentoring is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1946, and donations may or may not be tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  https://bigslittlesnyc.org/

 137 East Second Street
New York NY 10009 

  212-475-3291


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Good

This charity's score is 88.12, earning it a 3-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019, the latest year published by the IRS.

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

78.7%


The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).


This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

11.1%


As reported by charities on their IRS Form 990, this measure reflects what percent of its total budget a charity spends on overhead, administrative staff and associated costs, and organizational meetings. Dividing a charity's average administrative expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

10.1%


This measure reflects what a charity spends to raise money. Fundraising expenses can include campaign printing, publicity, mailing, and staffing and costs incurred in soliciting donations, memberships, and grants. Dividing a charity's average fundraising expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

0.4%


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Part of our goal in rating the financial performance of charities is to help donors assess the financial capacity and sustainability of a charity. As do organizations in other sectors, charities must be mindful of their management of total liabilites in relation to their total assets. This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and or long term sustainability. Dividing a charity's total liabilities by its total assets yields this percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency

$0.08


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

0.91 years


Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

-3.74%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
Independent Voting Board Members  ... (More)
No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

A diversion of assets – any unauthorized conversion or use of the organization's assets other than for the organization's authorized purposes, including but not limited to embezzlement or theft – can seriously call into question a charity's financial integrity. We check the charity's last two Forms 990 to see if the charity has reported any diversion of assets. If the charity does report a diversion, then we check to see if it complied with the Form 990 instructions by describing what happened and its corrective action. This metric will be assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Audited financial statements provide important information about financial accountability and accuracy. They should be prepared by an independent accountant with oversight from an audit committee. (It is not necessary that the audit committee be a separate committee. Often at smaller charities, it falls within the responsibilities of the finance committee or the executive committee.) The committee provides an important oversight layer between the management of the organization, which is responsible for the financial information reported, and the independent accountant, who reviews the financials and issues an opinion based on its findings. We check the charity's Form 990 reporting to see if it meets this criteria.

  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties ... (More)
Documents Board Meeting Minutes ... (More)
Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing ... (More)
Compensates Board ... (More)

Policies


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  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

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  • No: This charity either does not have a written donor privacy policy in place to protect their contributors' personal information, or the existing policy does not meet our criteria.

The privacy policy must be specific to donor information. A general website policy which references "visitor" or "user" personal information will not suffice. A policy that refers to donor information collected on the website is also not sufficient as the policy must be comprehensive and applicable to both online and offline donors. The existence of a privacy policy of any type does not prohibit the charity itself from contacting the donor for informational, educational, or solicitation purposes.

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Transparency


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization makes this information easily accessible.


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Transparency:
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Key Staff Listed on Website ... (More)
Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

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Salary of Key Persons

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Vidhya Kelly, Executive Director

$160,791 (13.98% of Total Expenses)


Current CEO and Board Chair can be found in the Leadership & Adaptability report below.

Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2020

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Special school for the blind, handicapped, etc (BMF activity code: 031)

Hospital (BMF activity code: 150)

Publishing activities (BMF activity code: 120)


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Subordinate - the organization is a subordinate in a group ruling. (BMF affiliation code: 9)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


Bigs & Littles NYC Mentoring reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

We have cultivated and developed strong relationships with loyal donors over our century plus history, many of whom give through our special events. Consequently, the cancellation of our 2020 in-person events, including the Spring Gala, our largest fundraiser, meant an unexpected, considerable loss of general operating funds, threatening our ability to provide services. Fortunately, we successfully pivoted to a number of virtual fundraisers to make up for the shortfall in revenue from our traditional in-person events. These efforts together with emergency funding for direct services from foundations, corporations and individuals helped make up for the shortfall, ensuring the continuation of critical mentoring, crisis counseling and family support services to low-income New York City youth and families, who more than ever are in need of support to navigate the multitude of challenges of COVID-19 compounded with living in poverty.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

Our families hardships and inequalities were exacerbated by COVID. We launched an Emergency Fund, ensuring their rent was paid, bills were covered, every child had a device for school, food to eat, and most of all, emotional support. Our Program Managers continued intake of families in need and utilized a needs assessment system to address ever emerging needs, serving as resource and referral advocates, assisting in accessing services, addressing challenges, and connecting with families daily to problem solve, trouble shoot, grieve with, and empower. We quickly adapted to a virtual model and expanded programming, launching of Caring Through COVID program for children coping with loss of a parent or family member due to the pandemic as well as to address the rising hate crimes toward Asian Americans. Virtual services have enabled everyone in our organization to remain connected and supported to ensure relationships continue to thrive.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

The racial injustice of marginalized communities was exacerbated first by COVID-19 followed by the pain and outrage from the senseless deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, among others. Our Program Managers helped work through such a tumultuous time through supervision and targeted webinars such as Talking to Children about Racial Bias and Talking to Children about Tragedies. Matches participated in virtual group events & activities such as arts and crafts, dance/exercise, baking, museum tours, reading books, watching movies and educational videos. We provided concrete services including: purchasing food and household items, assistance with rent/bills, connection to NYC Free Meals/Food Benefits, resource guides with additional services, from home activities for kids to mental health resources, assistance in applying for unemployment benefits, school devices and assistance with internet connectivity for online learning, advocacy with the schools and referrals to online tutoring.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

Bigs & Littles NYC Mentoring provides services to high-risk, struggling New York City youth and families through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring services, programming, crisis intervention, and family strengthening support activities. Due to COVID, all of this has been held virtually and we plan to continue to offer programming through a hybrid model, to maintain the flexibility virtual programming enables for families, volunteers, and staff. This option is particularly helpful in reducing travel time not having to be onsite at our office, and reduces the expense, strain, and stress for parents who have children who need them at home.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
4/1/20212019 88.12
11/1/20202018 89.08
5/1/20202018 88.01

This organization received multiple star ratings within this fiscal year, due to an update to it's Accountability and Transparency data and/or the receipt of an amended Form 990.

3/1/20202018 86.59
4/1/20192017 87.63
3/1/20182016 89.91
2/1/20172015 89.91
6/1/20162014 89.28
Rating Version: 2.0
12/1/20152014 83.27
5/1/20152013 78.30
5/1/20142012 79.21
8/1/20132011 88.64
9/1/20122010 86.97

...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

Bigs & Littles NYC Mentoring cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Bigs & Littles NYC Mentoring reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$698,525

Spent in most recent FY

78%

Percent of program expenses


ONE-TO-ONE MENTORING PROGRAM: WE REACH NYC CHILDREN AGES 7-19, THE MAJORITY OF WHOM ARE FROM SINGLE PARENT IMMIGRANT FAMILIES LIVING BELOW THE POVERTY LINE. MSW TRAINED PROGRAM MANAGERS CONDUCT IN-DEP ... (More)


$113,951

Spent in most recent FY

12%

Percent of program expenses


COLLEGE BOUND & HOLISTIC LIFE SKILLS SUPPORT: WE HELP YOUTH COMMIT TO LEARNING POSITIVE VALUES, SOCIAL COMPETENCIES, AND A POSITIVE IDENTITY, RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF DOING WELL IN SCHOOL TO ACHIEV ... (More)


$80,626

Spent in most recent FY

9%

Percent of program expenses


FAMILY SUPPORT: AS THE ONLY MENTORING ORGANIZATION THAT FOCUSES ON COMPREHENSIVE FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES AS PART OF OUR MISSION, MSW TRAINED PROGRAM MANAGERS PROVIDE IN-DEPTH SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL SUPP ... (More)


...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Bigs & Littles NYC Mentoring is a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


Founded in 1902, Bigs & Littles NYC Mentoring strives to transform the lives of children through one-to-one mentoring, while strengthening entire families in hardship.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


A city in which all young people are empowered to recognize, reach for and achieve their full potential.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Focus on whole family approach, (differentiating from other mentoring programs) and avoid duplication of services by growing partnerships with community organizations for supplemental services.

Goal Type: Focus on core programs to achieve mission and scale back on programs not seen as core.


Goal Two: Increase matches by 25% over 3 years; Expand World Of Work Program; Mentoring Moms Program to include single fathers, Implement Caring Through COVID Program; Enhance recruitment plan.

Goal Type: New program(s) based on observed changes in needs among our constituencies/communities served.


Goal Three: Grow a diverse Board from 14 to 20 members and Executive Junior Board from 10 to 16 members, with leadership succession plan in place, future Chairs identified to serve terms of 2 years through 2025.

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

Over 18 months we have recruited 5 new members to our Board from diverse backgrounds and industries, including 2 major donors who had sponsored fundraising events and 2 supporters who were introduced to us through a new partnership with Boardlead. BoardLead elevates leadership in the social good sector by partnering with top companies, professional services firms and foundations to recruit, place, train and support talented professionals for high-impact board service. We also recruited 2 new members to our Executive Junior Board and five new members to our Mentor Advisory Council, strengthening our Junior Board Committee, who raise awareness and funds for our mission. Professional development remains a top priority. In 2020 our Chief Program Officer completed The Asian American Federation’s Leaders in Training Program on How to Be an Effective Leader, focused on important leadership skills, and how to support staff more effectively to do their best work.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Developing our Mentor Advisory Council to expand our network, raise visibility and increase corporate connections. Partnering closely with MENTOR NY, a network of nearly 850 mentoring programs across the state on training and advocacy efforts to help to improve the quality, capacity and safety of services being provided and ensure that more young people will have access to mentors and mentoring relationships. Our marketing efforts include raising visibility through press outlets and social media: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, maintaining a robust, engaging and cohesive digital presence; elevate the agency profile as thought leaders in our fields by showcasing staff expertise and key learnings, and continuing to publish Annual Impact Report Through the Pascale Sykes Foundation we have participated in grantee conferences focused on the Whole Family Approach in social services, leading panel discussions on the whole family approach to mentoring.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


During the pandemic, we pivoted to infuse emergency support services alongside our regular programming which went virtual- ensuring families did not fall behind with rent, bills, had working devices for remote learning, and ensuring they had food and household supplies. By conducting ongoing needs assessments for families we determine ways we can continue help them, including goal setting not just for our Littles but for our parents as well. This includes having those hard conversations as to what their plans are in getting back on their feet, and identifying next steps to success, such as securing employment. We are continuing to work closely with our families as they have been the ones who have been hit the hardest and will take longer to recover. Some of our families were first to lose jobs as they were housekeepers and restaurant workers and it left them struggling to provide for their families. We are optimistic that our families will slowly but surely persevere through these obstacles. Doing our part to overcome this pandemic, we have been extremely pro-active in following CDC guidelines and educating our staff, families and volunteers regarding the life-saving COVID vaccines. We are proud to report that 100% of our staff are vaccinated and nearly 60% of our families are vaccinated. Vaccine education continues as we share COVID resources and information to our families and volunteers on an ongoing basis. As our Littles were primarily in remote learning, and now adjusting to in person schooling, it was imperative for us that we offered additional education and academic support for them. We are excited to share that we have been able to offer two brand new scholarship programs including our College Access Scholarship for, high school juniors gearing up for the rigorous college application process, and the Ingrid Kelly Memorial Scholarship Fund for high school seniors transitioning to college.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Vidhya R. Kelly

Executive Director

Blanche Johnson

President

...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score

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Bigs & Littles NYC Mentoring is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.

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Constituent Feedback

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Charity Navigator awards full credit for this Beacon to every nonprofit that is eligible for an Encompass Rating that completes the survey, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. This data is not evaluated for quality at this time. Validation will be added in future iterations of this Beacon.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

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