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

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Our vision is that all youth achieve their full potential. 

Contact Information
Contact Name Melissa Ramirez
Contact email
Address 1401 S. Boulder Ave., Suite 300
Tulsa, OK 74119
Phone (918) 576-6402
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 always 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 100 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 $2,478,728.00
Projected Expenses $2,428,728.00
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 2020

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Our vision is that all youth achieve their full potential. 


The goal of Big Brothers Big Sisters has remained the same over a century– to match caring, stable and positive role models with at-risk children. Through these matches, the children experience the consistency and positive influence of a one-to-one relationship with a “Big” (adult mentor) who chooses to spend quality time with his or her “Little” (child mentee) on a regular basis. Our national program, as well as our programs in all major service sites in Oklahoma, was conceived because court representatives 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 15 counties through our seven offices in Bartlesville, Norman, Oklahoma City, Ponca City, Shawnee, Stillwater and Tulsa. A statewide Governing Board of Directors manages the operation and local resource boards support each office.

BBBSOK exists to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. 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 the past year, our accomplishments included:

  • For the first time in a decade, BBBSOK will serve more children in 2019 than in the previous year.
  • BBBSOK in Oklahoma City led the state in new matches in 2019 and surpassed its 2019 children served goal by September 2019.
  • BBBSOK received increases in two our out of our three regularly awarded federal and state grants.
Our current goals include:
  • Continuing to increase the number of children served year over year.
  • Increasing our recruitment of volunteer mentors, particularly males to serve as Big Brothers. 
  • Continuing to provide the highest-quality match support to all of our matches to ensure that our Littles continue to achieve high outcomes. 

BBBSOK is a volunteer-driven program and we are constantly in need of more volunteers. We regularly have approximately 100 children enrolled in our Oklahoma City program, but just waiting to be matched with the right mentor. Little Brothers make up a large part of our waiting list, so we are most in need of male volunteers who are interested in committing to being a mentor for at least one year.

We are also in need of financial donations to continue to expand our program. Whether an individual, corporation, or foundation gives toward our programs, we steward each dollar to the highest return on investment as we provide 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
McClain County
Payne County
Oklahoma County
Oklahoma City
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma currently maintains a state headquarters office in Tulsa and local service offices in Oklahoma City, Norman, Stillwater, Shawnee, Bartlesville, Ponca City, and Tulsa.  
Via these local offices we serve children in the following 15 counties:  Canadian, Cleveland, Creek, Garvin, Kay, McClain, Noble, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Payne, Pottawatomie, Rogers, 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)
Our Amachi Program is a mentoring program especially for children of incarcerated parents. The Prison Policy Initiative reports that Oklahoma now has the highest incarceration rate in the world. Annie E. Casey reports that approximately 135,000 (or 15% of) Oklahoma children have experienced parental incarceration. According to the Oklahoma Commission for Children and Youth, children who experience parental incarceration are 70% more likely to also become incarcerated during their lifetime.
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

Melissa Ramirez joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma in January 2018 ready to lead the organization to new heights. Melissa came to BBBSOK after spending 19 years between the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Red Cross. Most recently, Melissa was AHA’s Senior Vice President responsible for work in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Melissa’s background includes extensive work in nonprofit strategy, fundraising, multi-site management, volunteer recruitment and mission delivery. Melissa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations and minor in Marketing from Oklahoma State University.

Senior Staff
Melissa RamirezChief Executive Officer
Number of Full-time Staff 30
Number of Part-time Staff 2
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 1120
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 Yes
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
United Way of Central Oklahoma member agency2019
United Way of Norman2019
Large Agency of the YearBig Brothers Big Sisters of America2008
National Gold Standard Award (Program Excellence)Big Brothers Big Sisters of America2011
Quality AwardBig Brothers Big Sisters of America2017
Board Chair
Name Suzanne Symcox
Company Affiliation First Fidelity Bank
Term Oct 2019 to Sept 2021
Board of Directors
List Current as of Oct 04, 2019
Board of Directors List
Laura AuflegerOnCueVoting
Lauren ClarkChickasaw Nation Department of CommerceVoting
Lee Ann DeArmanEnable MidstreamVoting
Molly JarvisVoting
David LewisVoting
Michael StackhouseVoting
Suzie SymcoxFirst Fidelity BankVoting
Angie TyeBKD, Inc.Voting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 2
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 6
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Oct 01, 2019-Sept 30, 2020
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $2,478,728
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $2,428,728
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 Year201820172016
Total Revenue$2,502,004$2,376,653$2,589,778
Total Expenses$2,396,018$2,534,075$2,612,047
Revenue Less Expenses$105,986($157,422)($22,269)
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 Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$671,280$271,599$260,094
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses--$17,562$33,052
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues------
Special Events$868,889$720,173$929,653
Revenue In-Kind$27,747$62,307$52,921
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$1,790,954$1,923,303$1,660,266
Administration Expense$236,383$245,344$443,047
Fundraising Expense$368,681$344,339$491,676
Payments to Affiliates$20,207$21,089$17,058
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.040.940.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses75%76%64%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue126%54%77%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$848,313$856,145$1,161,840
Current Assets$242,068$31,749$249,404
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$92,030$205,848$354,121
Total Net Assets$756,283$650,297$807,719
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.630.150.70
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $868,889Special Events $720,173Special Events $929,653
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovt - Unspecified $671,280Contributions $645,017Indirect Public Support $645,758
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndirect Support $609,575Indirect Public Support $623,744Contributions $634,866
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

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Address 1401 S. Boulder Ave., Suite 300
Tulsa, OK 74119
Primary Phone 918 576-6402
Contact Email
Give with Credit Card
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CEO/Executive Director Melissa Ramirez
Board Chair Suzanne Symcox
Board Chair Company Affiliation First Fidelity Bank