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Every child is born with potential.

With a mentor, that potential is ignited.

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides youth facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships. We are changing the future for our community, one child at a time.



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(including teen volunteers in the double-impact High School Bigs program)

Potential is learning to solve problems with words, not fists.


A caring adult volunteer is matched one-to-one with a child facing adversity. Matches spend time together doing activities like hiking or playing catch. As a strong and enduring friendship develops, mentors are able to ignite a Little’s potential to accomplish milestones like high school graduation, college and sustainable independence.

Luis said he had to fight other kids because he didn’t have a father to defend him. But he didn’t need fists — he needed a mentor.

“When I first met Luis, he wasn’t a very social person. He didn’t like to talk to anybody, including myself. But with each outing, whether it was going to the beach for the first time or playing sports or just watching a movie, I could tell he was starting to trust that I wasn’t going anywhere. Each visit to his school or get-together where I met his friends and family helped him become more confident and outgoing. His personality began to shine through not just with me, but at school in his much-improved behavior with teachers and classmates, as well as at home. We’ve had many conversations about respect and I shared my own experience with what it means to be the man of the house—especially at times when his mom tells him to do his chores! I’m so proud of his progress at school and for beginning to understand that violence is not a solution.”

—Big Brother Andrew Suarez, mentor to Luis since 2014

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are less likely to engage in risky behaviors

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improved academic performance

Potential is realizing the difference between a job and a career.


Corporate volunteer mentors and high school students meet at company headquarters for monthly sessions. An impactful curriculum is designed to offer students exposure to a professional environment and prep them for college and the workplace.

In 2018, Big Brothers Big Sisters launched its first-ever Women in the Workplace cohort with PIMCO and Women in Finance cohort with Citizens Business Bank, both under the Workplace Mentoring program.

Ivan has learned his part-time job working on cars can be the first step toward a career in the automotive industry.

Before signing up for Workplace Mentoring, Ivan thought he had to go to a traditional four-year university like all his friends. Meeting David Geith of EMCOR, whose professional success began with a trade school apprenticeship, opened Ivan’s eyes to a new educational path. David encouraged Ivan to pursue his passion for cars and enroll in an ROP class. Because of his mentor’s advice, he’s now gaining valuable hands-on experience working on cars and is exploring junior colleges with strong trade programs to launch his career.









In this peer mentoring model, high school volunteers meet one-to-one with students at a local elementary school. Sessions take place once a week and are led by Big Brothers Big Sisters program specialists. Matches focus on relevant topics such as academic achievement, bullying, self-esteem and relationship-building.

High School Bigs is a double-impact program. Not only do elementary school students benefit from mentorship, but teen volunteers get early exposure to philanthropy. Throughout the year, they participate in additional community service projects and attend an annual leadership summit hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Tustin High School senior Alexis is not only a volunteer mentor, but but is also president of the High School Bigs club on his campus.

While working with his Little Brother Eduardo to help the second-grader learn how to interact with others and communicate what he wants to say, Alexis learned a valuable lesson about being a role model.

“A mentor goes the extra mile for someone else without expecting anything in return,” he explains. “I’ve become a better leader by practicing empathy toward others.”

Leading by example has become an important part of Alexis’ identity. Two years after meeting Eduardo, Alexis applied these skills to his new role as president of the High School Bigs club on his campus.  At age 17, he takes responsiblity for leading and inspiring a group of his peers at Tustin High School. Whether he’s encouraging honest dialogue among volunteers on how to better connect with Littles or planning fundraisers to recruit new members, Alexis always reminds his team that being a mentor is more than just fulfilling community service hours.

“This has been a learning experience for both us and the kids we mentor,” he says. “I understand the importance of commitment and doing the best you possibly can in every aspect of life.”

Potential is youth building bridges with law enforcement.


Collaborating with Buena Park and Cypress police departments and the North Orange County Task Force, Big Brothers Big Sisters brought its nationally recognized Bigs with Badges mentoring initiative to Orange County in 2018. The new program matches students from Buena Park Junior High and Cypress High School with sworn and non-sworn personnel at each department for monthly 90-minute mentoring sessions. These facilitated sessions focus on productive topics like academic achievement and career exploration, while also allowing each match to build a strong and enduring friendship.


“I was excited to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters on the Bigs with Badges program here in Buena Park. The program has given our personnel the ability to build even stronger relationships with our youth and develop closer connections with those we serve in our community. At a time when tensions between some communities and their police departments and strained, it has become even more important for us to develop these types of valuable partnerships. It demonstrates our commitment to do all that we can do to not only give back to our community, but to have positive long-term positive impacts on our future leaders.”

— Corey S. Sianez, MPA, Chief of Police, Buena Park Police Department

When Little Brother Alonso signed up for Bigs with Badges, he was looking for someone who could help keep him out of trouble.

With a 1.70 GPA, the Cypress High sophomore thought school was pointless. But when he realized his attitude put his spot on the varsity soccer team at risk, he joined Bigs with Badges in hopes a mentor could keep him accountable for improving his grades.

An officer with the Cypress Police Department, Andrew Sanchez has the discipline and determination that Alonso needs in order to bring his GPA up to a 3.0 so he can one day play soccer in college. His unwavering support and positivity has given Alonso a reason to work harder on his homework and pay attention in class—he doesn’t want to let his Big Brother down.


Graduation is only the beginning. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire expanded its program in 2017 with a promise to serve youth up to age 25. The Destination Future initiative aims to increase college persistence and completion rates by providing exploration tools and techniques pre- and post-high school graduation. Its long-term purpose is to create systemic socioeconomic change by providing our youth with the skills, resources and confidence necessary to earn a living wage.    



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Thank you to our 2018 donors

 While Big Brothers Big Sisters is a national organization, we are primarily locally funded and operated. Our program could not exist without the incredible support of our donors and partners who help us fund brighter futures for youth in Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.


Jeffrey Frieden – a portion of this donation was made through Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund

Rob Friedman – a portion of this donation was made through Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund

Stars and Stripes Children’s Foundation

Angelitos de Oro

The DevTo Support Foundation – advised by the First Foundation

Andeavor Foundation


Big Brothers Big Sisters of America as awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S.

Department of Justice (subgrantee) and the Altria Group (subgrantee)

Joseph & Polly Ueberroth – Bellwether Marine Acquisition Company

North Orange County Public Safety Task Force Grant

Paul & Norma Fruchbom – PF Realty, Inc.

STA Jets – Kurt & Tammi Belcher

Tarsadia Foundation

Todd & Natalie Pickup

ACT Anaheim – through Orange County Community Foundation
Annenberg Foundation
David Moellenhoff
Disneyland Resort – relationship through Jeff Swindell
Farmers & Merchants Bank – Henry & Erin Walker
First American Title Insurance Company – relationship through Mark Rutherford
Fontana Foundation of Hope
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
Ingram Micro
Joe MacPherson Foundation
Kevin & Devon Martin
Lux Bus America Co.
Mazda North America Operations

Navin & Becky Narang
New American Funding – Patricia & Rick Arvielo
Peter & Suzanne Desforges
Rick & Tracy Weiner
Salesforce – through Dave Moellenhoff
School District Sponsorship
Scott & Karen Green – through Orange County Community Foundation
Stephanie Argyros – Argyros Family Foundation
Steve Ozonian
The James Previti Family Foundation – Jim Previti
Tom & Angie Reyes – Harbor Distributing
TVI, Inc.
Ueberroth Family Foundation

A. Gary Anderson Family Foundation
Allen Schreiber
Barry & Michele Sohnen
Blake & Courtney Johnson – Southern Coast Holdings
Brew Ha Ha Productions
Chalmers Corporation – Trace Chalmers
Citrus Motors – Dennis Shannon
City of Corona
City of Santa Ana
Columbia Steel, Inc. – Gus & Cherylene Theisen
Dennis Troesh
Draper Family Foundation – through Orange County Community Foundation

Elias & Caroline Sabo – Compass Group Management, LLC
Ernst & Young LLP – relationship through Scott Nelson
Guy & Trish Johnson
Guy Yocom Construction
Jack & Lois Wareham
John & Rachel Lenell – a portion of this donation was given through Schwab Charitable
John Mastrocola
Keith & Mara Murray
Kiwanis Club of Riverside
Latham & Watkins LLP
Lori Matukas
Lugano Diamonds
Michael Nevell – The Nevell Group
MUFG Union Bank Foundation
Niagara Cares – through Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund

Penn Mutual – John McLean
RCS Family Foundation – Rodney Sacks
Richard Pickup
Riverside County
Rutan & Tucker, LLP – relationship through Kim Thompson
Sterling BMW
Steve & Linda Borowski
Succession Capital Alliance – Julian & Aileen Movsesian
The John and Donna Crean Foundation
The Josephine Herbert Gleis Foundation
The Sparkjoy Foundation
Tom & Deanne Duddy
US Bank Foundation
Youssef and Kamel Mawardi Fund

100 Companies Who Care
Albert J. Crosson Family Foundation
American Endowment Foundation
Angels Baseball
Anne MacPherson
Arne & Nancy Youngman – a portion of this donation was given through Schwab Charitable Fund and influenced by Angelitos de Oro
Bank of America Charitable Foundation
Bert Selva
Blanc Family Foundation/AYCO – Steve & Phyllis Blanc
Bottega Veneta – relationship through Angelitos de Oro
Brian & Megan Davis
California Baptist University
Carl Johnson
Cary Hyden – a portion of this donation was through Orange County’s United Way
Chris & Brigitte Reedy – Reedy 2006 Family Trust
Chris Radomski
Christopher M. West Trustee
Citizens Business Bank – relationship through Bob Gedeon
City of Anaheim
City of Stanton
Commercial West Brokerage – Phil & Diana Berry
Cox, Castle, and Nicholson
Dale Camera
Daniel Callahan
Edison International
Elliot & Sheila Gordon
EMCOR Services/Mesa Energy Systems

Enterprise Holdings Foundation
Exit Alliance – Shawn Sorenson
Fidelity Investments
Fieldstead & Company
Griswold Industries (CLA-VAL)
Hope Reigns Charity Foundation – Ontario Reign
Inland Empire United Way
Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation
Jeff & Cathy McIndoo – through the Cathy Markulis McIndoo Trust
Jewish Community Federation
Kathy Simon Family Foundation
KDF Communities
Ken Cruse
Kevin Feterik
Liang & Quinley Wealth Management – Michael Liang & Chris Quinley
Lindsey Foundation – Bill & Barb Lindsey
Majestic Realty Foundation
Mark Hyatt
Mark Pomerantz
Martin Colombatto
Matt & Susie Bailey – through Orange County Community Fund
Monday Call – Marcus Romero
Nicholas Wilhelm
O.L. Halsell Foundation
OC Breakers – Eric Davidson
OctoClean Franchising Systems – Matt & Julie Stowe
Orange County Young Executives
Pacific Life Foundation
Pacific Premier Bank
Patrick Maciariello

Paul & Carol Altieri
Paul Westhead
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP – relationship through Gary Wilson
Pro Unlimited, Inc.
Rimrock Capital Management
Rodger Grove
Ryan Kesler
San Manuel Band Of Mission Indians
Sisters of St. Joseph Healthcare Foundation
St. Joseph Health
Ted Mehm
The California Endowment
The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation
The Croul Family Foundation – advised by the First Foundation
The Gavel Group
The LeVecke Family Foundation – advised by the First Foundation
The PIMCO Foundation
The Susan Scott Foundation
U.S. Bank, Rancho Cucamonga
Vince & Naomi French
VPM Management
Waltmar Foundation, Inc.
Wells Fargo Foundation
Wheeler Foundation
Windermere Tower Properties – Brent Lee
Wingate Foundation
Zareh Sarrafian
Zions Management Services Company

Alight Solutions
Arrowhead United Way
Bill & Veronica Olien
Bob Summers
Branding Business, LLC
Charles & Yvonne Stowe
Charles Roy
Christopher & Fiona Ivey
City of Riverside
Cox Communications, Inc.
Cushman & Wakefield
David Johndrow
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Documotion Research
Donnelley Financial Solutions
Edward & Siwen Lieskovan
Edwards Lifesciences
Ellen Bancroft
Fidelity National Title Company
Fred Smith
Frome Family Foundation
Goodwin Family Memorial Trust
Gustavo W. Theisen Trust
Howard Building Corporation
Humanity of Justice Foundation

J. Stanley and Mary W. Johnson Family Foundation
James Slusher
Jeff Swindell
Jeffrey Roberts
JGKallins Investments – George Kallins
Joe Abbott
Joe Juliano
John & Isabell Lotz
John H. Grace Foundation
John P. Previti Memorial Foundation
Jones Day
Keenan & Associates
Leonard Green and Partners LP
Lockton Insurance Brokers
Lon V. Smith Foundation
Marilyn Stemper
Marc Blythe
McCarthy Construction
Merhab Robinson, Jackson & Clarkson
Michael & Mary Fox
Mike Danzi – through the Orange County Community Foundation
Murray Company Mechanical Contractors

Muzzy Family Foundation – through Orange County Community Foundation, influenced by Angelitos de Oro
National Christian Foundation California
Ontario Refrigeration
Orange County Community Foundation’s 2018 Igniting Potential Giving Day
Pacific Hospitality Group
Pat Foley
Paul Hastings
Perry Viscounty
Riverside Police Foundation
Riverside University Health Systems
Robert Pickell
Roger Williams – through Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
Sandy Chang & Wally Wong
San Bernardino County Sheriff Department
Santino Blumetti
Scharrell Jackson
Scott Dubchansky
Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.
Shearman & Sterling
Sims & Shen Families – through Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
Squar Milner

Steve Rodosky
Stradling, Yocca, Carlson & Rauth
Target Charitable Giving Foundation
The Dorothy M. Booth Charitable Trust
The Kling Family Foundation
The Mark Company
The Salted Pig / Fierro Foods
Tim Andrews
Tribe Functional Fitness – Warren Delos Angeles
U.S. Trust
United Way of the Inland Valleys
Victor & Lia Assad – through Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
Victor Gruber
Vince & Kimm Paglia
Voorhees Investments
Warne Family Charitable Foundation – advised by the First Foundation
Waters Edge Property Group – Jason Krotts
Waters Edge Winery
Western Digital Foundation
Wilson Creek Winery
Wohl Family Foundation – through Orange County Community Foundation
Workday, Inc.

20/20 Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Adam & Barbra Marangell
Adam Horowitz – through Orange County Community Foundation
Alan Stearns
Albert B. Cutter Memorial Fund
Albert Industries, LTD – Eric Albert
Alex Bhathal
Alexander Segovia
Almich & Associates
Altura Credit Union
Andrew Dossett
Andy Harris
Anthony Ansevin
Apriem Advisors
Beacon Pointe Wealth Advisors
Becky Young
Best Best & Krieger LLP
Beverly Bailey
Bill O’Brien
Bill Peters
Billy Skeffington
Boeing Company Gift Match Program
Brad & Julia Coleman
Brandon Howald
Brian & Rebecca Stevens
Brian & Vickie Hawley
Brian Gunson
Brian Schaefgen – through Schwab Charitable Fund
Bright Bear
Brown-Strauss Steel – Yusnay Mirabal
Bryon Ward
Calvary Murrieta
Canon Solutions America, Inc.
Carl E. Wynn Foundation
Charles Property Group – Louis Baker
Chevron Matching Employee Funds
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Chris & Daphne Foster

Chris Donelson
Chris Flick
CWS Capital Partners LLC
Damien & Jennifer O’Farrell
Dan Rees
Daniel Friedman
Daniel Lubeck
Daniel Yomtobian
Dave & Jacqueline Gustafson
Dave Ewles
David & Ginger Werner
David Harvey
David Seidner
Demetrios Dounis
Dennis & Evon Cutts
Dennis Forsyth
Do It American MFG Company
Don Barnes
Don Kennedy
Donald Frail
Doug Stephen
Drew Coleman
Edward Indvik
Edward Synicky
Elkins Kalt Weintraub Reuben Gartside LLP – William Weintraub
Employee Community Fund of Boeing CA
Empyrean Plumbing, Inc.
Erin & Jack Boyl
Ernie Hwang
Expensive Habits Barber Shop
Francisco Morales
Frank Mezler
Frankston Family Fund – through Orange County Community Foundation
Gallant Risk & Insurance Services, Inc. – Skylor Harrison
Garrett Macklin
Gene & Rose Mergelmeyer – thorugh Orange County’s United Way
Gentlemens Barber Club
George & Terry Schreyer Foundation
Gilbert Ibarra
Good News Barbershop
Gresham Savage Nolan & Tilden, PC
Grove Community Church
Hangar 24 Craft Charities

HMC Designing Futures Foundation
Holstrom Block & Parke – Kristen Holstrom-Fiebiger
Hybrid Foundation
Ian Wade
IBEW Local #47
In-n-Out Burger Foundation
Inland Empire Health Plan
Inland Pacific Advisors (IPA) Commercial Real Estate
Inland West – Mike West
Irvine Company Cares Committee
James Casey
James & Judy Davenport
Jeff & Sue Epstein – through Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
Jeffrey Johnston
Jennifer & Matt Olson
Jerry & Mary Lou Harrington – influenced by Angelitos de Oro
Jersey Mike’s Subs – Orange County locations
Jim Waterhouse
Joe Moody
John Barrett
John Gormly
John Saunders
John & Kathy Allavie
Jon Shisler
Joseph McCarthy
Joshua & Molly Bonwell
Joshua Meier
JP Morgan Chase Foundation
Julie Zylstra
Justin Choi
Justin Moran
Kai MacDonald
Katherine Buckley
Kathryn Gutierrez
Kathy Wright & Dwight Tate
Ken & Angela Lineberger
Ken Gerdau
Ken Rivkin
Kendall-Jackson Winery
Kenneth Dawson
Khary Espy
Kim & Wendy Thompson – through Orange County’s United Way
Kristin & Dare Stolte

Law Offices of Catherine A. Schwartz
Lead OC
LeVecke Beer, Wine, and Spirits
Lewis Adame
Liferay Foundation
Linda & Scott Flanders
Linda Horioka
Lisa De Ritis
Lovco Construction
LPL Financial Foundation
Manufacturers Bank
Marc Chasman
Maria Kawulych
Mark & Denise Rutherford
Mark & Ivette Moses
Mark McDonough
Mary E. Moore Family Foundation
Mary Thorne
Mason Smith – through Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
Matt Hyde
Matt West
Maurice Murray
Michael & Sherry Schulman
Michael Gries
Michael Wong
Midkiff Family Foundation
Mitch Chait
Morgan, Lewis, and Bockius
Mosaic Wine Alliance
Nathalie Cascio
Nicholas Johnston
Nichols Consulting Engineers, CHTD
Nick & Laura Fusca
Nori Ebersole
Pacific Mercantile Bank
Pacific Western Bank
Parker Hannifin Foundation – through DonateWell
Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center
Paul Marx
Pechanga Resort & Casino
Performance Team Freight Systems
Peter & Susan Hitch – through Orange County’s United Way

Peter Bacci
Plascor Inc. – Ronald Hinkley
Raincross Marketing
Ricardo Rivas Oviedo
Richard & Elizabeth Steele – through Orange County Community Foundation
Riverside City Firefighters’ Association
Riverside International Auto Museum
Riverside Medical Clinic
Riverside Sunrise Rotary Foundation
Robert Hamilton
Robert S. Smith Trust-J
Rockwell Collins
Samantha Lang
Schneider Electric
Scott Cohen
Sempra Energy Employee Giving Network
Shanbrom Family Fund – through Orange County Community Fund
Shane Maloney
Sharpe Interior Systems
Shaves & Fades Barbershop
Sherman Family Foundation
Sigma Phi Epsilon California Beta Gamma
Sir Speedy Printing – Dustin Speakman
Southwest Airlines
Steadfast Giving Tree Fund
Stephanie – Philanthropic Solutions
Steve & Heather Holley
Steve Gabriel
Steven Lancaster
Strong’s Truck & Van Upfitters
Stronghold Engineering – Beverly Bailey – through Schwab Charitable Fund
Stuart Weitzman Retail – relationship through Angelitos de Oro
Tangram Interiors
Tapestry, Inc. (Coach, Kate Spade, Stuart Weitzman) – relationship through Angelitos de Oro
Ted Evans

Terry Adams
Thee Latest Barbershop
The Community Foundation of Riverside and San Bernardino
The Hair Doctors
The Harcourts Foundation
The Robinson Foundation
Thomas & Tina Neiger
Tim & Marie Crosson
Tom Hays – through Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
Tricord Advisors
Trip & Danice Hord
Tustin Mazda
Tyler & Bursch, LLP
United Healthcare
Vince Salvatore
Vista Metals Corporation
W/GL Ocean Ave. LB Holdings VII – John Drachman
Walt Disney Company Foundation
Walter Friedman – through Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
WAXIE Sanitary Supply
We Care Heating and Air – Rusty Cochran
Webster Family Foundation – through Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
Wicks Brewing
William & Carolyn Simpson
William Bechtold
William Durkee
Williamson Rindge and Hole Family Foundation
Willis Towers Watson
Zach Sawtelle

Fiscal year end 6.30.18

Mentoring is a strong investment. For every $1 invested in youth through Big Brothers Big Sisters, $18 is returned to society through decreased social assistance, saved incarceration funding and increased earning and tax contributions of children whose lives were changed because of a mentor.




Consolidated Statement of Activities

Total Revenue: $16,047,923

(including $9 million contribution of beneficial interest in remainder trust)

Total Expenses: $6,655,485

Change in Net Assets: $9,392,438

*Per note 11 of audited financial statements

Investing in Our Future

Expenses From Core Operations*: $6,283,000




Every child is born with the potential to succeed. To graduate high school. To attend college. To earn a living wage. With the strong and enduring support of a caring mentor, that potential is ignited and a future is changed. Through mentorship, we can create a generational impact for our entire community.