The Gift of Big isn’t just volunteering your time, The Gift of Big gives the world what it needs most — the potential of America’s youth. At Big Brothers Big Sisters you don’t need to give the biggest gift, but everyone has the chance to give the gift of BIG

Ways to give



Your financial support helps us provide our programs to children in our community who need it the most! Your donation helps us develop more college grads, community leaders, and entrepreneurs.


BBBSSEM serves 500 school aged youth in match programs (52% girls and 48% boys) between 7 to 18 years of age whose parents/guardians have entrusted BBBS to support their child’s learning and growth to reach their potential. In our Community Based Mentoring (CBM) program, 87% of our Littles’ household incomes fall below, or just slightly above the federal poverty limit, which in 2023 is $24,860 for a parent/guardian with two children (Family of 3). 75% of Littles are African American, 10% are White, 13% define themselves as other or mixed race, and 2% are Hispanic. From a geographical perspective, 100% of  BBBSSEM participants reside in Washtenaw, Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties and 79% live in ALICE–Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed  (designated by zip code) communities which have been identified as under-served communities).

Link to Make a One Time Gift–Your gift will help recruit Bigs, cover background checks and provide ongoing match support. (Donate Now)

Become a Matchmaker

Your monthly gift of at least $25 will introduce one waiting Little with a Big each month.

Match Makers is BBBSKC’s monthly giving program.

Each month your contribution will introduce a new waiting Little to their Big. Monthly contributions of $25, $35, $50, $100, or an amount of your choice will automatically be deducted from your debit or credit card, each month. You will receive a welcome pack, monthly stories about the life-changing friendships you are creating in Southeast Michigan, discounts, invitations to events and fun social opportunities and recognition in the BBBSSEM’s website, annual report and materials. This is an easy way to make a BIG impact.

For more information about our Major Gifts Program contact Amy DeWys, Development Director at 313-330-8324 or

Leave a Legacy

There are several ways you can defend potential for children and teens for years to come.


Including a provision for Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeast Michigan in your estate plan is the ultimate way to continue investing in your values even after you’re gone. You can find a charitable plan that lets you provide for your family and create a legacy of defending the potential of Southeast Michigan’s youth. Below are a few easy options to structure a charitable estate gift:


Name Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeast Michigan as a beneficiary in your will. Your bequest can be for a specific dollar amount or a percentage of your estate.


Naming Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeast Michigan as a beneficiary on your life insurance policy is as simple as filling out a form with your plan administrator. And it is easy to change later if your needs evolve.


Designating Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeast MIchigan as a beneficiary on your IRA, 401k, or other retirement plan is another simple way to leave a lasting impact. 

Donations of Stocks 

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southeast Michigan accept donations of stocks as ways to give and support our mission, programs and impact! Please contact Jennifer Spitler, President & CEO directly at