Mission: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado creates and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. By partnering with parents/gu ... (More)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1982, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.biglittlecolorado.org/

  750 West Hampden Ave
Suite 450
Englewood CO 80110 

  303-433-6002


 Important note on the timeliness of ratings

The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Financial and Accountability & Transparency score for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations. Please check with the charity directly for any questions you may have.

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Good

This charity's score is 80.27, 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

69.6%


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

7.3%


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

22.9%


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

10.3%


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

$0.23


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

0.56 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

3.00%


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)
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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


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Transparency:
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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

Presented here are this organizations key compensated staff members as identified by our analysts. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



David W. Ryan, CEO

$130,144 (3.61% 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:

Other youth organization or activities (BMF activity code: 349)

Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations (BMF activity code: 602)


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:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

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.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing


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

Due to the limited ability to host in-person events, program expenses declined by 13% and fundraising expenses declined by 14%. A large bequest in 2020 was able to offset decreases in fundraising revenue. We also applied and received the PPP loan and thus were able to employ a full staff.


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

Since our process is to host match introductions in person and take fingerprints for volunteer background checks, and because one of our programs was school-based, for several months in 2020, we were not able to make any new mentoring matches between Bigs and Littles. This led to a 13% decline in the number of match relationships supported from 2019 to 2020. Also due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sports Buddies events went virtual and monthly in-person mentor2.0 events at the schools were canceled. Now with the world opening back up, we are scaling our efforts to grow the number of youth supported and surpass pre-pandemic numbers.


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

In response to the changing conditions caused by COVID-19, our staff worked almost entirely remotely and pivoted program activities and fundraising events to virtual or outdoor settings. We also focused more on our digital presence, overhauling our website, capturing more video content, and hiring a marketing coordinator. While employing our full team, we have restructured our staff roles and evolved our programs to better meet the needs of youth in the community.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We intend to keep our vocational video library, virtual volunteer orientations, our Career Possibilities program, virtual meetings, our Big Futures program and innovative ways to capture video and social media content. Additionally, rather than requiring staff to return to the office five days a week, our new policy is that staff are expected to be in the office two days a week, and the rest of the time staff can work remotely.


Official Charity Response


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado relies heavily on volunteer mentors to carry out our mission of supporting one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Page 37 of our 990 states that in 2020, volunteers provided 75,534 volunteer hours valued at $2.2 million. This significant value results in lower administrative/fundraising-related expense percentages than reflected in the 990, part IX. When the program-related expenses are combined with this volunteer-provided added value, our program-related expenses equal 80% of our total expenditures. 

Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
4/1/20212019 80.27
2/1/20212019 78.79

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

3/1/20202018 82.47
11/1/20192017 81.04
6/1/20192017 80.58
4/1/20182015 80.18
4/1/20172015 79.68
6/1/20162014 81.37
Rating Version: 2.0
12/22/20152014 76.15
5/1/20152013 80.61
2/1/20142012 83.50
7/1/20132011 75.41

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...   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

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado 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.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado reported its largest program on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$2,544,745

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


Mentoring


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...   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 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado 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


The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


All youth 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: Every youth served in BBBSC Programs graduates with a plan for their future and a mentor who has impacted them for a lifetime.

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


Goal Two: Be an organization operating from the lens of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in everything we do.

Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.


Goal Three: Annual sustainable growth of the BBBSC budget to support world-class staff, operations, and innovative quality programs.

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

Our organization funds employee participation in Leaders on the Rise, a leadership development program for nonprofit professionals.

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

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

BBBSC is acquiring a peer-to-peer mentoring program called STARS from another youth mentoring organization called Friends First. Additionally, we are partnering with Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation to cross-refer families and youth requesting each other's services. Several of our staff and Board members present at our national conference every year. We host booths or walk in community events such as Juneteenth, Pride, Cinco de Mayo, and the Martin Luther King Day marade. We are also partnering with specific neighborhoods and hosting a volunteer mentor recruitment event targeting certain communities and demographics. We regularly post on social media and our website sharing stories and successes of the Littles we serve, happenings at BBBSC and fundraising events, and updates on our expansion and strategic plan.

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.


Throughout 2020 and 2021, program staff adapted volunteer interviews and orientations, match introductions and program events and activities based on the shifting restrictions of the pandemic. This sometimes required pivoting quickly when there was a new surge in cases and moving events to virtual or outdoors. Fundraising staff hosted just two fundraising events compared to our usual five in 2020 and held most of our events outside in 2021. We started other virtual events to engage donors and Bigs. To respond to desires from companies to engage their employees in virtual or distance volunteer opportunities, we established a vocational video library where volunteers can record videos about their occupation and career path for Littles interested in pursuing a similar career. We also recognized a need to revamp our marketing efforts and increase our digital presence so we overhauled our website, improved gathering of stories and video content, and hired a marketing coordinator. In response to the racial violence and tensions in 2020, we redoubled our efforts in Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) work and implemented a plan to train staff, board members and volunteers, and to examine and refine our processes to be in line with our JEDI vision. We also recognized a need on behalf of Littles of color for mentors who can identify with them and relate to what they are going through. BIPOC Mentors United, a support group for Littles of color and their families, was born out of this need and brought together staff and volunteers of color at events to fill the mentoring gap for Littles. Third, the pandemic underscored challenges with our school-based program, mentor2.0. In response to these challenges and the needs of youth identified through our strategic plan focus groups, BBBSC is evolving this college and career readiness program to better meet the needs of all the youth we serve, and extending it beyond high school graduation.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Elycia Cook

CEO

Stephen Jenks

Chair

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...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves. Learn more about how and why we rate Culture & Community.


Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback or Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen and Equity Practices sections of their Candid profile.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.


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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion


This organization has not provided information regarding the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices it is presently implementing. As such, the organization has not earned a score on this metric. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


Methodology


We are utilizing data collected by Candid to document and assess the DEI practices implemented by the organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the Equity Strategies section of their Candid profiles to receive a rating.


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Constituent Feedback


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective.



Methodology


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Analysis and Research


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Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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