Frequently Asked Questions for Supporters

Where can I learn more about being a Big Brother or Big Sister?

Where can I learn more about enrolling a child to be a Little Brother or Little Sister?  

What is Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and how does that relate to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area?

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is the umbrella organization that supports local Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies throughout the country. Founded in 1904 and headquartered in Tampa Bay, Florida, BBBS of America sets standards of excellence for agencies to provide consistent, quality services in communities throughout the country.   

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area is one of over 235 BBBS agencies across the United States. Founded in 1964, we are a locally managed 501c3 non-profit organization based in Sacramento, CA, serving families in Sacramento, South Placer and Yolo counties.  Our local agency receives guidance from the National organization on everything from child safety to data management but does not receive any direct funding from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, with the exception of national partnerships. 

What is your service area?

We serve families in Sacramento, Yolo and South Placer counties.

Why support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area?

By supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area, you are investing in the future potential of youth in our community.  Our mentoring programs change lives for the better and your donation helps us to create and support matches right here in the Greater Sacramento region.  We have a proven method backed by many years of data that shows the tremendous impact a Big Brother or Big Sister can have on the lives of a young person.  Research shows youth participating in the BBBS program are 46% less likely to being using illegal drugs, 27% less likely to start using alcohol and 52% less likely to skip school.  In a survey of former Littles 90% said their relationship with their Big helped them make better choices throughout their childhood, 86% said their relationship with their Big has helped them make better choices throughout their adult life and 76% said they learned right from wrong from their Big.  

What is a mentor?

A mentor is a caring, responsible adult who acts as a role-model and supportive friend for a young person.  By listening, giving advice and providing a constructive example, these people support a child’s development by simply being a positive presence in their lives.  Our mentors are carefully screened, thoughtfully paired and provided consistent support throughout their time in our program.  At BBBS we call these amazing individuals Big Brothers or Big Sisters. 

How is Big Brothers Big Sisters different from other mentoring organizations?

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the country’s largest evidence-based mentoring organization with over 100 years of experience and research that informs everything we do. Unlike some programs, we aren’t picking names off a list when we make a match. We put tremendous effort and care into each and every match we make. We get to know the interests, goals and needs of the Little as well as the strengths and interests of each Big.  Our goal is for every mentoring pair to have a long-term harmonious relationship that is both meaningful and fun!  But don’t just think of us as matchmakers. Here at BBBS we provide ongoing support and supervision to the Big, the Little and the Little’s family.  Our mentoring pairs have a web of support that maximizes the likelihood that the relationship with thrive and ensures success for all parties involved!

How do I make a financial contribution?

We’re glad you asked! You can have the greatest impact and receive special benefits by becoming a monthly supporter today by joining our “Defenders Club” at or to make a one-time donation, visit All donations are tax-deductible. If you prefer to make a donation by check, our mailing address is 800 Howe Avenue, Suite 440, Sacramento, CA, 95825. 

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes, if a donation is made to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento area, it is tax deductible, as long as no service or product is received by the donor in return.

What is your organization’s Tax ID number?

Our EIN Federal Tax ID is 94-1559853.

Are there any career opportunities available with your organization?

If you are looking for a great place to work while defending the potential and promise of all youth, we’d love to meet you!  Please check our current open positions here.   

I have additional questions; how do I find out more?

You can reach our team by calling 916.646.9300 or sending an email to  We’re also on Social Media!  Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can also sign up for our newsletter


When you support Big Brothers Big Sisters, you change lives for children in our community.