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A Message from our Director

Hello Friends,

Welcome to 2019, this being our 50th year of empowering kids. We have some exciting plans and announcements that will be coming to celebrate these 50 years and prepare for the next 50. Stay tuned.

I’ve been following Brene’ Brown’s work and one of her scientific findings is something my mother knew all along: In order to find joy, one must first be grateful. My mother would add: from that gratitude, develops a sense of giving back. We were all recently reminded of President George H. W. Bush’s dedication to service and it is arguably what he is most remembered for.  It isn’t a complicated formula: Gratitude + Joy = Service to others.

As we look back on 2018 we are incredibly grateful and filled with joy for your support. It was a pivotal year for us, in part because of our leadership on the national level. Along with the new branding, this January we are a part of The Big Resolution movement. We have all benefited from great mentors in our life and January in particular asks us to celebrate mentorship and to support it. Please dig in and learn more about this life-changing movement, check out our new website – we hope that it will help you accomplish what awaits for you in 2019 ... Be a Big ... Get a Big ... Give and learn more about our incredible mission, to unleash our biggest possible future!

Jackie Johnson
Executive Director


It’s the same thing every January: gyms are overflowing, kale is selling like hotcakes, and everyone is trying to be their best for the New Year. But what if this year, you could resolve to do something even more important than deciding to stomach a green smoothie once a week.

What if you could make a resolution worth keeping—one that inspires more resolutions? That’s why we’re asking you this January to make the BIG RESOLUTION and



A healthy nonprofit has a fund development strategy as diverse as a professional investment portfolio. Proper stewardship of nonprofit funds is vital for financial sustainability and to advance the mission of the organization. At BBBS of Central MN we believe in and adhere to these best practices. Events are a special piece of our fund development pie chart. Our events create community, inform, celebrate, motivate, educate, inspire and generate financial support year after year.

BBBS of Central MN is 50 years old and we are excited to celebrate that milestone at our upcoming Gala – 50 Years of Big Magic. Now is the time to stand with us to defend the potential of Central MN youth and make an investment in the next 50 years. We are looking for event partners to provide auction items, purchase raffle tickets and event tickets and to be an event sponsor. For more information on how to get involved visit Magic Moments Gala 2019 or contact [email protected]

Thank you to our Defender and Protector sponsors: Marco, Vince and Lori Mohs, Anderson Trucking Service, Custom Catering, SC Times/LocaliQ and PCI!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota Unveils New Brand Positioning Aimed at Volunteer Recruitment

ST. CLOUD, MN, Oct. 1, 2018 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota along with more than 270 Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliates across the country, today unveiled a new, modern look and brand repositioning with a goal of recruiting more diverse volunteers.

“The need in Central Minnesota for young people to have a role model is more urgent than ever,” said Jackie Johnson, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota. “To attract more volunteers of all generations, we needed a modernization of our brand to make an impact in the community and meet the need of the essential work of matching youth with mentors.”

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Honors John P. Mahowald, Announces New Board Members

ST. CLOUD, MN, July 11, 2018 –Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota honored former board member John P. Mahowald for his exemplary service to the agency. Mahowald served on the Big Brothers Big Sisters board for the past 9 years, taking on several leadership roles including secretary, vice president, president, and past-president.During his time with the agency, Mahowald went above and beyond his duties as a board member to help strengthen and expand the local mentoring program. He served on several agency committees including: Executive, Sponsorships, Advancement/Fund Development, and Board Development. Mahowald has helped Big Brothers Big Sisters develop partnerships, secure new donors, and recruit more mentors. With his guidance and determination, the agency’s annual revenue doubled during his time on the board.

Big Brothers Big Sisters has announced new additions to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is comprised of 19 local professionals. Newly-appointed members of the board include: Courtney Kunkel, Capital One and Bill Martin-Chaffee, Community Volunteer. Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Executive Director, Jackie Johnson, states “We are thrilled to welcome outstanding new members to our board. We are confident that our board’s strategic guidance and thoughtful counsel will ensure Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota continues to grow our program while providing safe, high-quality mentoring services to youth in our community.”