Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma Inc.
1401 S. Boulder Ave., Suite 300
Tulsa OK 74119
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma, Inc.
Mission Statement

To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Contact Information
Contact Name Melissa Ramirez
Contact email
Address 1401 S. Boulder Ave., Suite 300
Tulsa, OK 74119
Phone (918) 576-6400
Fax 918-576-6418
County Tulsa
Alternate Address Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma (OKC Office)
2000 N. Classen Blvd. Suite E100
Oklahoma City OK 73106
Alternate Phone 405 943-8075
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card
Donate to Endowment
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
To donate using other means besides our website, please contact:
BBBSOK State Office
1401 S. Boulder Ave, Suite 300
Tulsa, OK 74119
(918) 576-6400
BBBSOK Oklahoma City Office
2000 N. Classen Blvd. Suite E100
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
(405) 943-8075
Volunteer Opportunities:
We consistently need professional, stable and positive adults to serve as Big Brothers, Big Sisters, or Big Couples to our Littles in Oklahoma City and statewide. No expertise is required though each prospective Big must go through our traditional application and screening process to be eligible for one-to-one mentoring. We are in constant need of adult mentors, especially Big Brothers or Big Couples to mentor Little Brothers.
We also offer opportunities for board service as part of our statewide Governing Board which manages the operations and financials of the agency or local resource boards in our service communities, such as the Oklahoma City Resource Board, that secure financial, partnership, and public relations/marketing resources at the local level. We are currently supported by approximately 120 board members statewide.
In order to secure adequate financial resources, we also plan a number of annual special event fundraisers such as The Taste of Oklahoma City and Bowl for Kids' Sake which require the support of hundreds of volunteers to be successful.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $3,022,957.00
Projected Expenses $2,961,922.00
History and Background
Former Names
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma City, Inc.2005
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Green County (Tulsa), Inc.2005
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Stillwater, Inc.2005
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pottawatomie County2005
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cleveland County, Inc.2005
Year Founded 2006
IRS Ruling Year 1985
State Registration Expiration Jan 2018

To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Background The goal of Big Brothers Big Sisters has remained the same over 100 years – to match caring, stable and positive role models with at-risk children so the children can experience the consistency and positive influence of a one-to-one relationship with a “Big” who chooses to spend quality time with his or her “Little” on a regular basis. Our national program, as well as our programs in all major service sites in Oklahoma, was conceived because juvenile court representative saw too many children coming through the juvenile court system who had succumbed to risky and criminal behavior because they did not have or see other options for their lives.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma (BBBSOK) was founded in 2006 with the merger of five separate Big Brothers Big Sisters offices across the state. Today BBBSOK serves children in 16 counties through our seven offices in Bartlesville, Norman, Oklahoma City, Ponca City, Shawnee, Stillwater and Tulsa. Our headquarters are also located in Tulsa, and we are governed by a statewide Governing Board of Directors.

BBBSOK exists to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Our vision is that all children succeed in life. We provide one-to-one mentoring services to children and youth ages 6-18 through our community-based mentoring program and our school or site-based mentoring program. A growing percentage of the children we serve each year are children of incarcerated parents (Amachi).

Our programs successfully provide the children and youth we serve with positive and life-changing outcomes due to the quality and consistent support they receive while matched with their Bigs. Child safety and maximizing outcomes for our Littles are paramount to us, and we are committed to strategically and responsibly measure outcomes utilizing multiple and dynamic methods.
In recent years, we have been awarded four major grants to support one-to-one mentoring to at-risk/high-risk youth, including children of incarcerated parents: 1) Two pass-through grants from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America via the US Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention for $357,074 over two years, 2) $55,000/year for three years from the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth, and 3) $56,223 from the Oklahoma Department of Health for abstinence education. 
Our current goals are to provide the highest quality one-to-one mentoring services possible so that our Littles maximize positive and lasting outcomes, to prioritize serving children of incarcerated parents due to our community's increasing need, and to improve our client experience.  Of all current Littles, 89% show increased confidence, 88% show greater trust towards adults, 73% have a better sense of the future, and 71% improve their academic performance.
BBBSOK's real impact is also revealed through stories like that of Jamal, whose mother became incarcerated when he was 10 years old. Jamal's grandmother raised him and his five siblings, but didn't always have the time to give him undivided attention. Jamal's grades fell and he dropped out of school at the age of 15. He was on his way to becoming one of many children of incarcerated parents who may become incarcerated themselves...until he met Myron, his new Big Brother. Myron spent one hour per week with Jamal, helping him with homework and life's many challenges. Jamal's teachers, with Myron, helped him increasingly believe in himself. At age 16, Myron helped Jamal fill out his first job application. Myron was there when Jamal graduated from high school, and Jamal is now enrolled in a local university. He also plans to become a Big Brother. Instead of being trapped in the cycle that 96,000 Oklahoma children face on a daily basis, there is every indication Jamal will reach his highest potential.
Needs The core of our Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma’s one-to-one mentoring program is the professional support our staff provides each volunteer (Big), child (Little), parent/guardian and teacher/counselor from initial screening and enrollment through the life of each Big/Little match. Therefore, we rely on annual operating support generated through multiple sources such as United Way, Special Events (sponsorships and individual participation, Individual and Corporate Giving and Operating Grants.

Whether an individual donor contributes $50 or $1,000, a corporation sponsors an event for $5,000 or provides $10,000 in annual program funding, or a foundation awards a $1,000 grant or a $100,000 grant, we appreciate every gift that we receive and can invest in one-to-one mentoring services for Oklahoma children and youth in need.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Central Oklahoma
Pottawatomie County
Canadian County
Cleveland County
Logan County
McClain County
Payne County
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma currently maintains a state headquarters office in Tulsa and local service offices in Oklahoma City, Norman, Ponca City, Stillwater, Shawnee, Bartlesville and Tulsa.  
Via these local offices we serve children in the following 16 counties:  Canadian, Cleveland, Creek, Logan, McClain, Noble, Nowata, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Payne, Pottawatomie, Rogers, Tillman, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Youth Development/Adult, Child Matching Programs
Tertiary Organizational Category Youth Development/Youth Development Programs

BBBSOK’s community-based mentoring program allows Bigs to provide their Littles individualized time and attention on a regular basis, typically 2-4 times per month for 2-3 hours each time, sharing simple activities they both enjoy. They develop a trusting, caring relationship that provides an outlet for the Little and a model of how to handle everyday challenges. Over the course of time, our Littles gain confidence, nurture new skills and competencies, and develop an enhanced capacity to care for others.

Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)

BBBSOK’s school or site-based mentoring program allow Bigs to offer the same individualized time and attention to Littles on a consistent basis at the Little’s school or after-school program like Boys & Girls Club. Bigs and Littles meet weekly during school hours and utilize school resources such as the computer lab, library, gym, classroom, or playground. The Big-Little relationship promotes a positive school experience for the child: good attendance, positive peer and adult relationships, a positive attitude and academic achievement. Ideally, matches continue from one school-year to the next. During school breaks, the volunteer and child are encouraged to maintain their relationship through e-mails, letters or phone calls.


Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Description Amachi: Mentoring Children of Promise is a mentoring program especially for children of incarcerated parents. Oklahoma has some of the highest incarceration rates in the nation. We consistently rank first in female incarceration rates per capita (twice the national average) and third or fourth in male incarceration rates per capita on an annual basis. It is estimated that more than 96,000 (1 in 10) Oklahoma children struggle with parental incarceration during their young lives and therefore face complex and comprehensive challenges every day.

Without effective intervention/prevention like the one-to-one mentoring services BBBSOK provides, these children are seven times more likely to repeat the intergenerational cycle of incarceration and end up in prison during their lifetimes. Our focused, individualized mentoring is the only known and proven approach that will rescue children of incarcerated parents from this cycle. Because of the impact we make on this population of children, one of our two primary strategic objectives is to increase the percentage of children of incarcerated parents (Amachi) we serve through our community-based and school/site-based mentoring programs each year.
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) At-Risk Populations
Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments BBBSOK's Strategic Plan identifies three clear and primary objectives: 1) to maximize the outcomes achieved by our Littles with an increased focus on quality and outcomes rather than solely the number of children we serve; and 2) to increase the percentage of Amachi children we serve each year, and 3) to improve our client experience. Investments in our mentoring programs provide donors and partners with the highest return on investment. For an average of $1,650 per year, at-risk and high-risk children and youth who are matched with a Big Brother, Big Sister or Big Couple can exponentially increase their self-confidence, maintain better relationships with adults and peers, avoid risky behaviors like drugs, alcohol and teenage pregnancy, nurture new skills sets and competencies, break the intergenerational cycle of incarceration, open their worlds and futures to new possibilities, stay in school and achieve academic excellence, promote from one grade to the next successfully and on schedule, graduate from high school, consider post-secondary education and training, and ultimately become engaged, happy, caring and contributing citizens in our workforce and greater community.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Melissa Ramirez
Start Date Jan 2018
Senior Staff
Brandi DunkelVice President of Match Support Services
Jennifer HarrisonVice President of Resource Development
Sarah JohnsonVice President of Enrollment Services
Jenny LizamaVice President of Finance & Adminstration
Number of Full-time Staff 41
Number of Part-time Staff 7
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 2600
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant No
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2018
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Large Agency of the YearBig Brothers Big Sisters of America2008
National Gold Standard Award (Program Excellence)Big Brothers Big Sisters of America2011
Board Chair
Name Molly Jarvis
Company Affiliation Cherokee Nation Businesses
Term Oct 2017 to Sept 2019
Board of Directors
List Current as of Oct 01, 2017
Board of Directors List
Jodi Cline Edward JonesVoting
Lee Ann DeArman Enable MidstreamVoting
Scott Fischer Dippin'Dots LLCVoting
Eric Fleske Fleske Holding Company, LLC.Voting
Dr. David Houghton Oklahoma Baptist UniversityVoting
Molly Jarvis Voting
David Lewis Voting
Paola Lopez Voting
Byrona Maule Phillips Murrah, P.C.Voting
Chad Robertson Oklahoma Christian UniversityVoting
Michael Stackhouse Voting
Suzie Symcox First Fidelity BankVoting
Laurie Tilley Littlefield Brand DevelopmentVoting
Angie Williams BKD, Inc.Voting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 2
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 8
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Oct 01, 2017-Sept 30, 2018
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $3,022,957
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $2,961,922
Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Revenue$2,536,857$2,642,909$2,973,054
Total Expenses$2,559,126$2,643,756$2,719,759
Revenue Less Expenses($22,269)($847)$253,295
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions--$468,996$557,761
Investment Income, Net of Losses$33,052$114,450$27,127
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues------
Special Events$929,653$925,099$1,029,701
Revenue In-Kind--$45,747$55,487
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,624,403$1,745,643$1,863,899
Administration Expense$443,047$312,980$313,075
Fundraising Expense$491,676$585,133$542,785
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.991.001.09
Program Expense/Total Expenses63%66%69%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue31%24%19%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,161,840$1,027,619$1,010,438
Current Assets$249,404$434,128$490,446
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$354,121$197,631$179,603
Total Net Assets$807,719$829,988$830,835
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.702.202.73
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $929,653Special Events $925,099Special Events $1,029,701
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $894,960Indirect Support $648,019Indirect Support $677,620
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndirect Support $645,758Individuals $468,996Foundation & Corporations $625,254
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments In late 2012, the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma Governing Board elected to change our fiscal year from a calendar year (January-December) to a fiscal year beginning October, 1 and ending on September 30 of each year. Financials beginning with FY2014 reflect this change.
Foundation Staff Comments
Current year financial summary data is from the organization's IRS Form 990. All other prior year's financial information are from audited financials. Therefore, you may see some discrepancies in the breakout of revenue, expenses, totals assets and/or net assets going from the audited financials to the Form 990s.

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Address 1401 S. Boulder Ave., Suite 300
Tulsa, OK 74119
Primary Phone 918 576-6400
Contact Email
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CEO/Executive Director Melissa Ramirez
Board Chair Molly Jarvis
Board Chair Company Affiliation Cherokee Nation Businesses


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