Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Island County

Together, we are defenders of potential

Oak Harbor, WA   |
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Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Island County

EIN: 91-1877376


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County provides children aged 6-16 facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Ruling year info


Principal Officer

Ms. Tiffany Scribner

Main address

913 E. Whidbey Ave.

Oak Harbor, WA 98277 USA

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Subject area info

Adult and child mentoring

Human services

Population served info

Children and youth

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms


Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Here in Island County, our youth face a variety of unique challenges inherent in a rural, isolated Island community. There is a significant deficit in supportive youth programming when compared to other urban communities of similar size, and limited access to outside resources. A large portion (29%) are from military families who, due to their temporary posting here, lack a strong support group with no extended family members close by. Additionally, 63% of our Littles are low-income (as measured by free and reduced lunch enrollment). 63% of Littles also come from single parent homes.BBBSIC provides peer mentorship; matching volunteers with a youth for positive life impact through one-to-one friendship. Our mentoring programs have a measurable benefit in every facet of the developmental process, including social, emotional, and educational factors. The key to our success is the one-to-one approach.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community Based Mentoring

Community-Based Mentoring is the traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters program offered for more than 100 years. The Community-Based Mentoring Program has the broadest reach into a child’s personal life and a more diverse offering of activities that the mentor and mentee can participate in together. Most of the matches in the Community-Based Mentoring Program arise out of requests from parents for service. However, an increasing number of children are coming into the Community-Based Program through recommendations by teachers and school counselors. Matches meet out in the community or in the Little’s home for activities based on the match’s interests and the Little’s needs. We ask that the matches meet 2-3 times a month for 1-3 hours at a time. BBBSIC hosts community-wide Match Activities at least once a month – activities that Bigs and Littles can do together in community with other matches.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The School-Based Mentoring Program was developed as a way to provide additional help to younger children who are struggling the hardest socially and academically. Teachers, counselors, and administrators identify children that they feel would benefit from mentoring. Our professional Match Coordinators screen and train the mentors. After the match is made, we carefully monitor these school-based relationships. Detailed files are kept that track all stages of the process. The matches meet 1 hour each week at the school site of the Little to work on school work, have lunch, go to recess, and help with social skills. Many of our volunteers are adults, but for the School-Based Program we have had excellent results using high-school mentors in this role.

Population(s) Served

The DINO (Dabbling In New Opportunities) program, is open to not only children who are already matched in our program, but any child in the community. This program provides new opportunities for Social Emotional Learning, as well as providing free access to experiences in our community, such as dance lessons, dressage horseback riding lessons, sailing lessons, and many more opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable or inaccessible to youth in Island County. The program is designed to provide opportunities that would normally have high cost for involvement or entry.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of youth mentored

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Number of mentors recruited

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our most important goal is to provide a caring adult mentor for every child that needs one. We are defenders of potential. Most of the children we work with live in low-income and/or single parent homes. Mentors are recruited from the community at large, and mentoring services are grounded in the common, shared interests of the “Bigs” (adult mentors) and “Littles” (child mentees). The match process is rigorous, involving parental engagement, safety assessments, and thorough and consistent oversight by agency staff. Our services are structured so that each match can develop and grow organically based on the strengths and skills of each mentor and the needs and interests of the individual child. Each Big/Little match we create is unique, and the content of the mentoring experience is as varied as the interests and personalities of the volunteer and child who constitute each match. Matches may remain open through the high school graduation of the Little or their 18th birthday.

The programs of BBBSIC help strengthen fragile families. The greatest impact that BBBS of Island County has lies in helping at-risk youth. We believe that the presence of a reliable and caring adult role model is the most important factor in the growth of a healthy child. Using our proven methodologies, we can assist the children who need help, and build new collaborative relationships in the community.

We offer two distinct mentoring programs; Community-Based Mentoring and the School-Based Mentoring. The Community-Based Mentoring Program is the lineal descendant of the basic mentoring service that was developed more than 100 years ago as a way to improve outcomes for single-parent children living in poverty. School-Based Mentoring takes place in the school setting, and the focus is squarely on improving academic outcomes for those students struggling the hardest socially and academically.

All services are provided on Whidbey Island. We are a true a grassroots organization, with five local staff, and more than 250 loyal volunteers who work in every phase of agency activity. All BBBSIC mentoring services are provided entirely by volunteers with training and follow along support from professional staff. This year we project that we will serve approximately 140 children throughout Island County with meaningful relationships and lifelong learning opportunities.


Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Island County
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Sep 30
Financial documents
2021 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County 2020 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8.48 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 12% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Island County’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $20,450 $67,878 -$27,304 -$17,442 -$100,848
As % of expenses 8.3% 25.8% -9.9% -6.4% -52.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $16,633 $62,553 -$33,848 -$25,709 -$105,170
As % of expenses 6.7% 23.3% -12.0% -9.2% -53.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $266,197 $362,377 $217,039 $264,348 $89,558
Total revenue, % change over prior year 46.7% 36.1% -40.1% 21.8% -66.1%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.9% 0.7% 2.3% 2.1% 0.6%
Government grants 10.5% 17.7% 2.9% 2.4% 42.6%
All other grants and contributions 87.3% 79.5% 98.7% 87.8% 56.8%
Other revenue 1.3% 2.1% -3.9% 7.6% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $245,749 $263,499 $275,343 $271,370 $191,906
Total expenses, % change over prior year 26.8% 7.2% 4.5% -1.4% -29.3%
Personnel 72.3% 67.6% 68.1% 60.3% 59.4%
Professional fees 11.1% 16.1% 14.3% 18.0% 8.2%
Occupancy 3.1% 3.1% 3.2% 9.2% 9.2%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 13.6% 13.2% 14.3% 12.5% 23.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total expenses (after depreciation) $249,566 $268,824 $281,887 $279,637 $196,228
One month of savings $20,479 $21,958 $22,945 $22,614 $15,992
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $15,174 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $270,045 $290,782 $320,006 $302,251 $212,220

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Months of cash 6.4 10.3 2.3 5.3 1.7
Months of cash and investments 9.7 12.8 10.3 10.1 8.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 9.3 11.8 9.4 8.8 6.1
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Cash $130,516 $226,798 $52,256 $119,385 $27,697
Investments $67,125 $53,411 $185,085 $109,346 $109,056
Receivables $12,570 $35,140 $2,771 $5,025 $16,991
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $123,426 $123,426 $126,135 $119,910 $119,910
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 44.2% 48.5% 42.8% 46.7% 50.3%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 7.9% 7.9% 8.5% 9.2% 23.6%
Unrestricted net assets $259,152 $321,705 $287,857 $262,148 $156,978
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $31,000 $0 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $31,000 $0 $10,420 $8,920
Total net assets $259,152 $352,705 $287,857 $300,097 $165,898

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Material data errors No No No Yes No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Principal Officer

Ms. Tiffany Scribner

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 08/21/2023
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Board chair

Christian Hammer

CEO & Founder of Vala, Inc.

Debbie Merritt

Realtor at

Lynn Bixler

Former Business Owner and Operator

Brian Byrd

Technology Manager, ORACLE

Scott Jackson


Josh Ray

CCO, ShopHero, Inc

Stephanie Huerta

Island County

Lauren Cook

Sr. Branch Office Administrator at Edward Jones

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/3/2023

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