Dear Big Brothers
Big Sisters Family,
Quality, longevity, and growth –
three words that describe my year as President of Big
Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee.
It has been such an honor to lead an organization so
dedicated to its clients and programs, absolutely willing to
go the extra mile at every turn.
Later in this report you will read about this organization’s
incredible 12 month retention rate, average match length
(among the best in the country for our community based
program!), and a growth trend in new mentoring matches
made in 2015.
The staff of this organization are some of the finest
professionals anywhere, and lately, we’re seeing the
rewards of their considerable efforts. The volunteers that
serve our children are truly the best of the best. Their
willingness to work with their social work professionals
and talk through any challenges that come up with their
match produces the strong, consistent friendships that
are enabling children to reach new heights. The volunteer
experience is of course fun, but I’d term it“powerful fun.”
Those little moments spent on a playground or baking
cookies lead to larger conversations, which result in better
decisions and brighter futures.
Big Brothers Big Sisters has gone through some
challenging years after the loss of the federal Mentoring
Children of Prisoners funding back in 2010. But now, five
years later, we once again are seeing an increase in new
mentoring friendships formed this year – a sign that we are
truly on a path for an even brighter future.
The dedicated fundraising and development staff have also
realized a record year enabling the footprint and reach of
this important organization to continue that upward trend.
This agency has so many fundraising events and special
ways for you to connect with their mission… there is truly
something for everyone. We all know that Mentoring
Matters, but thank you to the hundreds of people that join
me in proclaiming it every day.
2015 President, Board of Directors
3. 2015 Board of Directors
Thomas Shumate, IV
Sara Jo Walker
Fifth Third Bank
Ernst & Young
Cushman & Wakefield
Nissan North America Inc.
Habitat for Humanity of
Potbelly’s Sandwich Shop
Fifth Third Bank
and Tuition Services, Inc.
Meridian Law, PLLC
ECS Group, Inc.
Bass, Berry & Sims
Dollar General Corporation
5. Dear Partner in Mentoring,
I have just completed my second full calendar year with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, and I couldn’t be
happier to report on the fantastic job the staff of this agency are doing right now.
We served 1,510 children last year – changing more than 4,500 lives. We say that because we know the mentoring
experience positively impacts the child, volunteer, and parent or guardian at a minimum – not to mention the youth’s
peers, teachers, and other adults in the community.
Our average match length for our community based program is among the best in the nation among other large
agencies. 38.7 months – think about the impact that having a positive force in your life for more than 3 years has on
a young person. And it should be noted that our school-based program, who by definition is for one school year, has
an average match length of 19.9 months – simply outstanding, and no doubt such a benefit to the teachers in our
The individuals that invest in this program know that not only are their funds being used wisely – but we are so
honored that there are more of you in 2015. Our revenue grew by 7.7% this past year, part of a steady growth that is
allowing us to continue in our scope of serving Middle Tennessee’s children… providing for an increase we can sustain
and build upon. We created 476 new matches last year, an increase of 40 more new matches made than the year
before. More new friendships. More fun times leading to more lives changed for the better.
To some, Big Brothers Big Sisters might look like a fun playtime excursion, and the volunteer experience definitely
is purposefully enjoyable. What we’re proud to present to you, however, are the facts about how that playtime also
results in tangible benefits for our entire community.
Mentoring matters, folks. I’ve seen it in my own life and seen it in the lives of the hundreds and hundreds of children
who walk through our doors each year. It’s an awesome place to be, and we’re glad you’re part of our family.
Carlyle Carroll, CEO
2013 2014 2015 2016
Average Match Length
2013 2014 2015 2016
6. In 2015, we participated in the
Payback”Online giving day. We
raised a total of $9,415 including
a $2,500 bonus contest prize for
having the most unique donations
during the Lunch Hour.
Big Sister of the Year
Darius: Well, one day
I may not need you anymore.
Ann: You’re right, but that
doesn’t mean we can’t
still be friends!
Darius: My mom says
you’re mine forever.
Ann: She’s right, I am
Big Sister Ann Hollis decided in 2011 that the time was
right to begin her volunteer journey with Big Brothers Big
Sisters. She was matched with a Little Brother, Darius, who was
six years old at the time. That was five years ago, and they’ve
come a long way from their first visits of milkshakes with one of
them having two front teeth missing.
Ann is a lifelong Vanderbilt fan, and just as her father did for
her, she has instilled the Commodore spirit in young Darius.
They’ve attended many basketball and football games. Darius
even attended Vandy’s football camp one summer where Ann
was so incredibly proud to see her Little Brother awarded“Best
Attitude”of all the campers.
They have also gone zip-lining, joined in charity events, learned
to cook, and even learned how to drive a boat. Darius’mom
says that“Ann is a mentor to our whole family!”
Five years later, and this dynamic duo are still enjoying life
and preparing for college. That’s right, an eleven year old who
already has his sights on college – and who knows where he’ll
go from there.
7. Five years ago, Chad first met a very shy first grad-
er named Kenny, and each of their lives are now forever
changed. Chad and Kenny have participated in pretty
much every activity you’d expect - fishing, riding go-
karts, and sports.
Slowly but surely young Kenny cast off many of his shy
traits and is now a much more self-confident person
eager to shake an adult’s hand and look them in the eye.
Chad’s influence also focused on more gentile habits
like pulling chairs out for ladies and respecting women.
Kenny’s father was incarcerated when they first met, and
Chad knew that his influence as a male role model had
to encompass more than a few areas of life.
A real turning point happened for the two of them when
Kenny conquered his fears and they went zip-lining.
Soaring through treetops was hard to imagine for this
young boy who also had his first experience in a tall
building with his Big Brother.
Kenny’s father has now returned home from prison, but
having heard reports of Kenny’s and Chad’s experiences
together, he was quick to thank Chad at their very first
meeting for having been there for his son when the
father could not. Chad describes Kenny as“a shining light
to me and my family.” We’re pretty sure that’s mutual.
“My hope was,
and still is, to change
the odds for this
Big Brother of the Year
Our annual Picnic for
community based bigs,
littles, and families is held
each fall at Edwin Warner
Park in Nashville. Hot
dogs, hamburgers, field
games, and crafts are
enjoyed by all.
Children entering into our program are
given evaluations of their success and
opportunities for improvement in six key
life areas highlighted below. We are so
proud of the children last year who saw
improvement or maintained an exist-
ing positive scores in these
10. 2015 DONORS
TN Department of Correction
TN Department of Mental
United Way of Metro Nashville
Baptist Healing Trust
Dan and Margaret Maddox
Scarlett Family Foundation
TN Department of Human Services
United Way of Rutherford &
Corrections Corp. of America
General Mills Foundation
Metro Nashville Community
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Ed & Diane Brown
Coca-Cola Bottling Co.
Joe C. Davis Foundation
First Tennessee Bank
Jackson National Life Insurance
William Mark Kimbrough
Susan Loudenslager Smith
Mooreland Investors, LP
Mike & Teresa Nacarato
Price CPAs PLLC
Skanska USA Building Inc.
State Farm Foundation
Synergy Business Environment
Wells Fargo Foundation
Western Express/Wayne M Wise
Wellness Fund Inc.
Aegis Sciences Foundation
The Community Foundation of
Delta Dental of Tennessee
Fifth Third Bank
James V. Hunt
Linda O. & R. Edward Hutton
Jack in the Box Foundation
Kroger Co. Foundation
The Melting Pot Nashville
City of Murfreesboro
J. Ross Pepper
The Peyback Foundation
Publix Super MarketsCharities, Inc.
Regions Financial Corporation
Sephora USA, Inc.
A.O. Smith Foundation
Smith Travel Research
Tennessee Valley Authority
Tennessee Wardens &
Mary E. Walker
American Snuff Charitable Trust
Bank of America Charitable
Bell & Associates Construction
Doug & Rhonda Brandon
Kent & Susan Burns
Center for Nonprofit
Charity Circle of Murfreesboro
Dodson Parker Behm &
Ernst & Young
Carole & John Ferguson
Flow Construction Co., Inc.
The M. Stratton Foster
Darrell & Gloria Freeman
Gresham Smith & Partners
H.G. Hill Realty Company, LLC
Bobby Hite, Co.
Hunt Brothers Pizza, LLC
ICON International, Inc.
Nancy M. & Victor S. Johnson,
Jr. Foundation, Inc.
Kaye & Glenn Martin
Keith & Heather Maune
MET Foundation Inc.
MHM Services Inc
National Christian Foundation
Phoenix Benefit, Inc.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop
Precision Rubber Products
Rodizio Grill Nashville
Ryman Hospitality Properties
Schneider Electric North America
Staples Foundation for
StorPlace Self Storage
Sys-Logic Technology Solutions
T & T Family Foundation
Tennessee Bank & Trust
Turner Universal Construction
U. S. Bank Foundation
Aqua Pure Solutions
David & Stephanie Bailey
Jessica & Dan Bauchiero
Arch A. Beasley III
John Bouchard & Sons Co.
Butler Snow LLP
CAA Creative Artists Agency
Jeff & Laret Casella
Cushman & Wakefield
Edwin Demoss, Jr
Cheryl Travis Dortch
Gary & Lisa Ervin
Digna & Howard Forbes
Franklin Synergy Bank
J. Ed Freeman, Jr.
The Dorothy Cate and Thomas F.
GBT Realty Corporation
Elizabeth & Gregg Gerken
John & Gay Greer
Harvest Construction Co., LLC
Ann & Scott Hatcher
Hers and His Plumbing, LLC
John & Laura Hollingsworth
Heath & Sara Holt
David & Rachel Hornsby
HTJ CPAs & Consultants
James & Judith Humphreys
Imagine No Gun Violence Inc.
John R. Ingram Advised Fund
Tom James & Co.
Hal B. and Dona D. Johnson
$100,000 and up
$50,000 - $99,000
$20,000 - $49,999
$5,000 - $9,999
$10,000 - $19,999
$2,000 - $4,999
$1,000 - $1,999
Individual and Corporate
Involved 802 bowlers
Attracted 2,003 Attendees
Projected 70 rappellers
Attracted 1,034 Attendees
W Gage Logan, III
LogicForce Consulting, LLC
Messer Construction Co.
Move Home Nashville
Nashville Yacht Brokers, Inc.
Mark & Mary Pierce
The PNC Financial Services Group
Proctor & Graves Service
David & Stephanie Richardson
Sam’s Wholesale Club #6447
Sertoma Club of Nashville
SMS Holdings Corporation
Mary Scott Thorne
United Way of Robertson
Robert & Lea Van Cleave
The Windrow Group
WiseHeart Sensing Foundation
John & Erin Zappin
Zoom Auto Finance
$1,000 - $1,999
Big Brothers Big Sisters
of Middle Tennessee
1704 Charlotte Ave., Ste. 130
Nashville, TN 37203
800 M. S. Couts Blvd., Suite 3
415 North Maple St., Ste. 301
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615) 890-8868, ext. 10