May is Leave a Legacy Month

May is Leave a Legacy Month

Our Planned Giving Advisory Council: (L-R) Randy Soon, Klint Rodgers, Kelsey Smart, Charles Brooks, Franco Caligiuri, and Lynn Williams (not pictured)

Did you know that 85% of Canadians donate to charity, but only 7% leave a tax-deductible gift to charity in their Will? The dedicated volunteers on our Planned Giving Advisory Council are trying to help start a conversation about how anyone can leave a legacy of a life-long friendship.

In honour of Leave a Legacy Month, we’d like to thank our Planned Giving Advisory Council volunteers, and invite you to think about your legacy:

Are you/do you know a Lawyer or Notary who would be interested in helping us with our planned giving program by donating some estate planning expertise? Please let us know!

Kids are Waiting 2-3 Years for a Mentor – Big Brothers Brings Purple Basketball Nets Back, in Search for Volunteers Across the Lower Mainland

VANCOUVER, BC — For every volunteer application received from March 15 – April 15, 2019, Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver, in partnership with Swishin’ Mission, will hang a purple net on an empty basketball hoop across the Lower Mainland. Currently, there are over a hundred children waiting for a mentor in the Greater Vancouver area.

To coincide with March Madness for basketball fans, Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver’s volunteer search campaign, Purple Net Project is back for its third year; an initiative that connects Big and Little Brothers through basketball.

Based on a symbolic connection between basketball hoops without nets and kids without positive role models, the campaign raises awareness for Big Brothers’ need of volunteers in Greater Vancouver. In the past few years, with the support of Swishin’ Mission, 450 nets were hung on hoops across various communities. Awareness raised from the campaign helped the mentoring agency find volunteers, but for the children who didn’t get mentors, and for the growing list of families who are in need of the charity’s services, the wait wasn’t over.

“Today, we face a critical need for volunteers as our ‘Littles’ wait times to have a ‘Big’ is an average of two to three years. We simply do not have enough volunteers to be matched to the children on our waitlist – we need the community’s help,” says Valerie Lambert, Executive Director at Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver. “Attracting and retaining volunteers is a critical challenge facing our organization today. Volunteers are essential to our programs in providing support and mentorship to children and youth in our communities.”

Adults looking to make a difference can sign up to become a Big Brother or Game On! volunteer can visit BigBrothersVancouver.com/volunteer. To learn more about the Purple Net Project campaign and see where nets are hung, visit PurpleNetProject.ca

Purple Net Project: http://www.purplenetproject.ca #purplenetproject

Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver: https://www.bigbrothersvancouver.com #bigbrothersyvr


The Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver mentoring programs provide children and youth with positive role models and a friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with. Friendships are developed between the Mentor and Mentee that is built on trust and common interests. The result is a life-changing experience for both of them. Big Brothers proudly operates across the Lower Mainland and the Sea to Sky Corridor, and has volunteer opportunities for all genders.

Media Inquiries and requests to interview the charity:

Mandy Wong

Manager, Development and Marketing
Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver
O: 604-876-2447 Ext. 247

C: 604-671-0891

Clothing Donation Bin Update – Jan 8 2019

Thank you for your continuous support towards Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver.

Over the years, we have developed a strong clothing donation strategy to help us serve the community, not only through mentoring programs but to help the environment as well. We want to be able to provide a convenient way for people to donate their clothing.

Community support and clothing donations to Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver help children across the Lower Mainland build strong, healthy relationships, which creates long-lasting change. In fact, clothing donations account for over 50% of the funding needed to run these essential mentoring programs.

As an organization that serves children and families in the local communities, safety remains one of our most important values and priority. At this point, we will be recalling all our clothing bins in the Lower Mainland pending safety evaluation and improvements. Clothing bins are a big part of our funding, important decisions will have to be made to ensure the continued safety of the public while maintaining quality mentoring programs for youth and children in our communities.

One of the ways to still donate clothing or small household items to Big Brothers, is through booking a donation pick up through phone or online. Book a pickup today by calling 604.526.2447 or book online at http:///www.BigClothingDonation.com 

Once again, we thank you for your support and we will resume clothing collections at the clothing bin locations after inspections.

*Our clothing bins will not be accepting donations at this time. Please do not leave anything outside or attempt to place the donations inside the bins. You can continue to book your donation pick up online here or reach us by phone/text at 604.526.2447.

Winter 2018 Newsletter

In case you missed it in your mailbox, you can read our latest newsletter, BIG News, in PDF format.

We love sharing stories of how your hard work and support as donors and volunteers are making a difference in the lives of local children.

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5 Things You Should Know About Mentoring

5 Things You Should Know About Mentoring

It can be tough being a kid – the uncertainty, the self-doubt. Every child deserves to have good role models but they aren’t all lucky enough to have one. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to fill that gap and become a role model for a child who needs one, here are five things you should know about the importance of mentoring, and how easy and fun it can be!

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IKEA August Cleaning Event

On Saturday, August 4th, Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver trucks will be at IKEA Coquitlam and IKEA Richmond for the August Clean Up Event! Customers are welcome to stop by with clothing donations anytime between 11am-3pm! Look for the Big Brothers truck inside the parking lot.

When you donate 2 large bags of clothing you will receive an IKEA coupon for $30 off your next purchase of $150 or more. Donated items must be suitable for resale and in working order. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept used electronics or furniture. The proceeds of the sale of donated items will benefit our Big Brothers mentoring programs for children in our community. Click here to see where the money goes.

When are the coupons valid until?

The coupons will be valid from August 4 to August 12.

 What do you consider as a large bag?

A large garbage bag or something similar in size would be ideal. Here is a photo for reference: http://bit.ly/1qre8mJ

If I bring more than 2 bags can I receive another coupon?

The more bags you bring the more the more coupons you receive.  For example, if you bring 6 large bags of clothing donations you will receive 3 coupons.

Spring 2018 Newsletter

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May 5 IKEA Event

On Saturday, May 5th, Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver trucks will be at IKEA Coquitlam and IKEA Richmond for the Spring Clean Up Event! Customers are welcome to stop by with clothing donations anytime between 11-3pm! Look for the Big Brothers truck inside the parking lot.

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4 Benefits of Online Fundraising

In the modern world of non-profits, there are a variety of choices for how to raise funds.  While traditional or “offline” methods are still important, the rise of online fundraising platforms has opened up a whole new world of fundraising possibilities! We have put together some of the main benefits for why we think using an online platform is the way forward. Here are our 4 main perks summarized just for you:

Extended Reach:

Raising pledges online allows you to surpass geographical limitations. You can use your email and multiple social media channels to spread the word about your event to reach more potential donors, attract new supporters or to create a buzz or friendly competition between event participants. Online fundraising usually produces a higher give result than traditional methods. You are also increasing Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver’s online visibility and are helping to spread our message.

Personalized Account

One of the key benefits that online fundraising offers is that you are empowered to become the voice of the organization within your social groups. By adding pictures, personal messages and stories to your online account, you are making a personal appeal that creates a bridge to your audience saying “Big Brothers is important to me and OUR community and this is why”.  This message is so important when it comes from a volunteer, event participant or donor as it shows an unbiased view of what we do and who we are as an organization.

Cost effective collection

Preparing an event can be expensive when factoring in the printing and manpower costs that are related to creating and distributing offline donation materials such as pledge books; not to mention the staff time costs that are incurred while counting and recounting the pledges during and after the event. Online pledging is both convenient and affordable making it more cost effective in both out of pocket costs and time. Here at Big Brothers we aim to maximize our profit at every event so that we can support even more local kids through our mentoring programs. Help us to DECREASE our expenditure and INCREASE our success by signing up online today!

Ease & Convenience

Gone are the days when you had to go door to door collecting pledges and keeping them safe until your event. By signing up online you minimize any risks that are associated with collecting large sums of money. You can easily track what has been pledged to you by your donors and you can enter any offline donation you might receive.

By using an online fundraising account, you can easily monitor your personal and team goals and achievements on your home page. You can rest easy knowing that all of your donors have received a tax receipt and a thank you email for their support as these are both automatically generated once a donation is received. You can also modify your goals or messages and instantly update your entire network of donors on your progress or team news. This is an easy and efficient way for you to fundraise that reduces stress, frustration and your time commitment so that you can focus on what’s really important……practicing your bowling skills for the big day!

Click here to register online and start fundraising today!

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