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Giving is Better Than Getting with Big Brothers Big Sisters

#Giving Tuesday is Almost Here!

Just a reminder that #Giving Tuesday is around the corner.  Held on December 1st, Giving Tuesday encourages everyone in the community to give to a cause close to their hearts!  must! charities is proudly participating in this year’s worldwide movement!


Transparency: Why Does it Matter?

According to an article “What is Foundation Transparency and Why Does it Matter” on the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, by Caitlin Duffy there is an increased awareness by the public and by foundations themselves to become increasingly transparent with assets, staff lists, receipts, and gifts. While the term transparency can be ambiguous and has varying ranges within that term, there are an increasing number of tools for public benefit organizations to utilize such as GuideStar and Foundation Center.

Truth never damages a cause that isThe Foundation Center identified six general benefits for public benefit corporations to increase transparency:

  • Strengthened foundation credibility
  • Increased public trust
  • Improved relationships with grantees and regions served
  • Reduced duplication of effort among foundations that care about the same issues
  • Facilitation of greater collaboration and collective problem solving
  • Cultivation of a community of shared learning among foundations

At must! charities, one of our core values is accountability. We seek to remain accountable to you because accountability brings credibility. In turn, credibility brings confidence. Holding ourselves to the highest level of integrity brings a level of trust to both our partner organizations and to those we serve. We prioritize reporting and statistics that provide transparency in our community efforts.

Review our financial update for a snapshot of our current un-audited financial status. Our executive board provides for all general administrative costs, so that 100% of your donations go right to the need.

Feel free to tell us why transparency matters to YOU!

‘Zombie Bowl’ raises over $7 thousand for local kids

Congratulations North County for raising $7k for Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo!  Take a look at the article in the Paso Robles Daily News:

Zombie-Bowl-Paso-bowl-PrincessThe 2015 Zombie Bowl for Kids Sake held at Paso Bowl raised a total of $7,200 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County. Over 75 bowlers attended the event.

Teams consisted of five to six individuals. Each team was required to raise a minimum of $600, with many teams raising well over $2,000. Many companies committed $600 and employees raised more money through a special online platform.

The Bowl For Kids’ Sake fundraising events began in 2008. “Big Brothers Big Sisters has always served North County kids, but we have just opened a new office in North County and are gearing up to serve even more kids in need in North County, and we hope that this event will help draw attention to that cause,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters Development Director Patty Carpenter. “Our event has traditionally been held in March at Cal Poly Mustang Lanes but since opening the Paso office, we wanted to have an event in Paso Robles.”

The organization decided to bring Bowl For Kids’ Sake up to North County and hold it close to Halloween for the costume tie-in and zombie theme.

A total of $162,000 has been raised from the events since 2008. For more information, visit their website.

Happy Match Story: Ricky and Oscar

A Happy Match Story shared by Big Brothers Big Sisters…

Picture4When Ricky joined Big Brothers Big Sisters he needed one-to-one attention from an adult with high expectations. Ricky’s mom was anxious to help him avoid following his older brothers on a path to crime, drugs and violence. Big Brother Oscar, a retired insurance salesman who wanted to “help a kid who really needs it” was a perfect fit.

Throughout the last 2 years, Oscar has helped Ricky recognize and explore his interests in science and reading. Oscar takes Ricky to sports and cultural events on our local college campuses, to help Ricky get comfortable with the idea of higher education. Together, they volunteer at non-profit events and take pride in helping others. Ricky’s mom no longer worries about him joining a gang or going to jail. Ricky is doing well in school now and sees himself as someone who can and will go to college. Ricky looks forward to a future of following his dreams and giving back to the community. Oscar is proud to be part of this remarkable young person’s life and looks forward to a lasting friendship.