March 28, 2024

Endowment Partners Spotlight: Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee Counties

Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee Counties works to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. The organization's vision is that all youth will achieve their full potential.

One-to-one mentoring programs have a long-lasting impact on mentees’ lives by fostering positive relationships and expanding their social networks. The mentor-mentee bond often extends beyond the program duration, with many mentees maintaining contact with their mentors well into adulthood. These connections provide mentees with ongoing guidance, advice, and opportunities for personal and professional growth. Mentees also benefit from the mentor’s professional network, gaining access to new resources, career insights, and potential job opportunities.

Students in the 2022-2023 school year achieved:

  • 95% improved pre-to-post test scores
  • 92% improved grades
  • 88% improved attendance
  • 90% improved conduct

Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties joined our Endowment Partners Program (EPP) in 2020.  The purpose of the EPP is to help local charities plan for their long-term sustainability by growing a permanent endowment fund. During a 12-month program, participants learn about endowments, planned giving, investment management and marketing solutions that inspire loyal donors to make planned gifts from their estates. The program is coordinated by IRCF team member Yamilet Cendejas.

To learn how to give outright contributions today or bequests and other planned gifts for future support, please see “Planned Giving: Leave a Legacy” under our “Giving” section or go to click here.

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