BBBS receives Polk County Community Foundation grant

Published 10:20 am Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Big Sister Jo Rytter and her Little Sister Tristan participated in a Big Brothers Big Sisters group activity to go horseback riding, hosted by Hickory Nut Gap Farm in Fairview. (photo submitted)

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) recently received a significant grant from the Polk County Community Foundation from its unrestricted funds.

The vision of the foundation is to advance philanthropy and improve the quality of life for all citizens in Polk County and the surrounding area. The Polk County Community Foundation has recognized the value of the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization’s service to area children, and has generously provided this charitable gift.

With the support of the Polk County Community Foundation, area businesses and individual donors, Big Brothers Big Sisters builds the critical network of support that funds and enables the work of carefully matching children with caring adult mentors and providing ongoing support to the child, volunteer mentor and the child’s family. Local financial contributions are crucial for maintaining the work of BBBS. Time that Big Brothers Big Sisters staff does not have to spend raising funds can then be devoted to their programs.

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The Polk County Community Foundation also hosts an endowment fund established by an anonymous donor for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Eligible fall donations to Big Brothers Big Sisters were matched to this fund, giving a considerable boost to the endowment base, which will ultimately contribute more substantially to the BBBS annual budget. Those interested in similarly investing in the future of Big Brothers Big Sisters are encouraged to contact the Foundation.