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Dream Big!

 281 Needham Street, Suite 202
 Newton, MA 02464
[P] (857) 404-0124
[F] (888) 291-7664
www.dream-big.org
[email protected]
Linda Driscoll
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INCORPORATED: 2010
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 27-2204294

LAST UPDATED: 08/11/2015
Organization DBA Dream Big!
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of Dream Big! is to help low-income and homeless girls achieve their dreams by providing the basic items necessary to enable them to participate in sports and physical activities helping to lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles and quality learning experiences.
 

Mission Statement

The mission of Dream Big! is to help low-income and homeless girls achieve their dreams by providing the basic items necessary to enable them to participate in sports and physical activities helping to lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles and quality learning experiences.
 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2013 to June 30, 2014
Projected Income $330,000.00
Projected Expense $316,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Dream Big! Empowering Big Dreamers
  • Dream Big! Equipment Grants & Program Scholarships
  • Dream Big! Leadership Conference

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Overview

Mission Statement

The mission of Dream Big! is to help low-income and homeless girls achieve their dreams by providing the basic items necessary to enable them to participate in sports and physical activities helping to lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles and quality learning experiences.
 

Background Statement

Organizational Background and Programs

Dream Big! was founded in 2010 in Newton, Massachusetts by Linda Driscoll, a non-profit and sports management leader for the past 24 years, in order to provide low-income and homeless girls with the basic items necessary for them to participate in sports and physical activities, thereby helping to lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles and quality learning experiences while working to combat childhood obesity related medical diseases.


Impact Statement

Over the past three years Dream Big! has partnered with over 55 Greater Boston and Lawrence girl-serving organizations and schools to provide equipment, footwear, uniforms, training clinics, camp scholarships and program fees impacting over 3500 girls from low-income situations, nearly 800 of whom were participating in a specific sport for the first time. 

In addition Dream Big! held its 3rd Annual Dream Big! Leadership Conference for middle and high school girls at U.Mass Boston. The Dream Big! Leadership Conference provided an opportunity for middle and high school girls from economically disadvantaged communities to meet and interact with accomplished women on a college campus while learning about the wide range of career, educational and athletic opportunities that are available to them in today’s society. Girls heard from former collegiate, Olympic and professional female athletes who went on to become presidents, doctors, lawyers, financial advisors, professors, scientist, non-profit leaders and coaches. Attendees heard true-life accounts about how the presenters involvement in sports – and the mentors and friends they found through those efforts – laid the foundation for phenomenal success later in life.
 
Another conference high light was that fifty five middle school girls participated in an Anti-Bullying interactive training session at the conference. The workshop raised awareness about the severity of bullying in our schools, opened dialogue among the student leaders, challenged their thinking, and inspired their leadership in preventing the devastating effects bullying has on young lives.

Top goals for 2013:

1) Provide over 2500 low-income and homeless girls with the basic items  and fees needed to enable them to participate in sports and physical activities; this will be done through the Dream Big! Equipment Grants and Scholarship programs. 

2) Develop partnerships with medically supervised, childhood obesity-related exercise treatment programs to identify low-income girls in need of equipment, footwear, sports attire and program fees. 

3) Expand partnerships with colleges, community organizations and businesses that will donate new equipment, host equipment drives and/or conduct sports clinics for girls from economically disadvantaged communities.


Needs Statement

  1. Financial contributions
  2. Office space with 2 offices and small warehouse/storage room
  3. Corporate equipment drives: Donations of new sports equipment, uniforms, sneakers and/or program fees for an individual girl or girls team.
  4. Upgraded web site to allow for the following: a sponsor an athlete program for donors; on-line donations; a program wish list request page and a page to promote in stock equipment and items available to girl serving programs from economically disadvantaged communities. $10,000
  5. Program Manager - to manage equipment donations and distribution, administrative duties and volunteers. $30,000

CEO Statement

“Unfortunately, poverty can severely limit a young girl’s involvement in physical activity and sports, most of which have associated costs including program fees or the cost of equipment, uniforms and sneakers. At Dream Big!, we believe that the key to helping young girls become physically active is allowing them to pursue their interests—whether those interests involve basketball, tennis, dance, double-dutch, soccer, running or any other activity that gets girls moving. By providing low-income and homeless girls with the items and program fees needed to pursue the sports and activities they enjoy, Dream Big! can complement the important work that is currently being done by our youth-serving partner organizations and can ensure that young girls have the opportunity to participate in activities regardless of their socioeconomic backgrounds,”  Linda Driscoll, Founder & CEO


Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
STATEWIDE
City of Boston- Charlestown
City of Boston- Chinatown/ Leather District
City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- Downtown
City of Boston- East Boston
City of Boston- Fenway/ Kenmore
City of Boston- Hyde Park
City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- Mission Hill
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- South Boston

Massachusetts with an major emphasis in Greater Boston and Lawrence  

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Children's and Youth Services
  2. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  3. Recreation & Sports -

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

No

Programs

Dream Big! Empowering Big Dreamers

Dream Big! Empowering Big Dreamers:

The “Dream Big! Empowering Big Dreamers” All Star Student Athlete Program will select from a pool of applications to determine female student athletes that Dream Big! will work with for one full year to provide the basic equipment, athletic footwear, training expenses, program fees and summer camp scholarships. Student athletes must meet the following criteria:

•Minimum GPA: Honor Roll
•Participates on a minimum of two school or community based sports teams
•Is low-income
•Letter of recommendation from coach required

Process:

Dream Big!will accept nominationsin the fall fromindividual female athletes, parents, coaches and program leaders. A selection committee will review applications and select amaximumof 10 athletes per year.

Budget  $20,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Females Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 
Two of the three student athletes that participated in last years Dream Big! Empowering Big Dreamers program graduated high school and are not playing sports and succeeding in college. The third athlete is in a new high school and is continuing her great success both in the class room and on the court.
Program Long-Term Success 
To provide successful student athletes from low-income situations with the basic items, fees and mentors needed to help them achieve success in school, sports and in life.
Program Success Monitored By 
Number of student athletes that we are able to support beginning in middle and high school that maintain honor roll status, play sports and go onto to college.
Examples of Program Success 
All three athletes that were part of the program in the first year were in the national honor society last semester showing success both on and off the field. The two seniors both graduated high school and are now attending college, both earning scholarships. Dream Big! has provided all three athletes with the equipment, footwear, sports attire, leadership conferences, summer sports camp scholarships and for the college students text books to help them continue their great success.

Dream Big! Equipment Grants & Program Scholarships

Dream Big! Equipment Grants & Program Scholarships:

Dream Big! partners with organizations, schools and community health centers to identify and fulfill the equipment, uniform, footwear sports attire, training and program fee needs of girls from economically disadvantaged communities to enable them to participate in sports and physical activities helping to lay the foundation for healthy active lifestyles and quality learning experiences.

Dream Big! Equipment Grant & Program Scholarship Requests Goals:

To provide girls from economically disadvantaged communities with the items needed for them to actively participate in sports and physical activities to ensure that economics is not a barrier to girls being able to participate.

In partnership with community health centers, hospitals and medical staff Dream Big! will provide fitness equipment, sports attire and/or fitness program fees for girls in need of treatment in weight or other obesity related medical programs.

To bring the life changing experience of sports and physical activity into the lives of low-income girls to ensure they adopt healthy behaviors, remain active, stay in school and develop confidence.

Budget  100,000
Category  Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Females
Program Short-Term Success 

 

Program Long-Term Success  Long Term: All girls intrested in participating in sports and physical activities in Massachusetts will no longer be faced with the economic barrier of equipment and sports attire costs, nor program fees as they will be able to turn to Dream Big! for support.
Program Success Monitored By 
  • Number of new athletes competing in Dream Big! supported programs
  • Coach and athlete feedback
  • New programs created due to financal support from Dream Big!
  • Individual athletes attending sports/fitness programs funded by Dream Big! Program Scholarships
  • Number of athletes attending Dream Big! sports clinics
  • Number of hours athletes/ teams are training and competing that have received Dream Big! support.
Examples of Program Success 
In the past year, Dream Big! has provided support to more than 1200 girls from Greater Boston and Lawrence
 
Testimonials:
"Dream Big! has provided a tremendous boost to our young nonprofit. They have helped us meet our ever growing equipment needs, including cleats, uniforms and soccer balls, that make year round travel soccer a reality for more than 60 low income girls from Lawrence, MA. Our girls represent the first travel teams from the city. We plan to expand each season and engage more deserving girls. Thank you Dream Big for your support. You are really helping make dreams come true!

Stephanie McArdle, Director, Beyond Soccer


Dream Big! has been an easy partner for Beyond Soccer. Not only has Dream Big provided critical equipment support, but has also thrown our girls a lifeline around which to build their lives. The Dream Big! Leadership Conference athletes and their stories will continue to be a source of hope and encouragement for our girls.

Ellen McArdle, Volunteer Coach

 

Dream Big! Leadership Conference

The Dream Big! Leadership Conference is held annually to provide opportunities for middle and high school girls to meet and interact with accomplished women (former collegiate, Olympic & professional female athletes) while learning about the wide range of educational, career and athletic opportunities that are available to them in today’s world.

Girls hear from women who have participated in sports and went on to become engineers, presidents, doctors, financial advisors and broadcasters to teachers, non-profit leaders, scientist, musicians and coaches.

Conference Goals:
1) To enable girls to be better equipped to choose a career path and provide professional mentors to counsel and advise them along their way to success.

2)To provide middle and high school age girls the opportunity to interact with accomplished women leaders and learn about the positive impact sports has had on their lives and how participation has assisted them in their careers and in life.
Budget  16,000
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Females Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success 
2nd Annual Dream Big! Leadership Conference is once again full to capacity.
 
100% of girls in attendance will learn about numerous educational paths, careers and sports programs while being inspired by former female athletes and role models.
Program Long-Term Success 
  • Girls will be better equipped to choose a career path
  • The conference provides professional female mentors and role models to counsel and advise the girls as they begin to think about college and careers.
Program Success Monitored By 
All middle and high school girls that attend the conference fill out a two page evaluation form.
 
100% of all girls that attended last years conference, which was full to capacity in three days, noted on their evaluations that they wanted to attend again next year; that they would recommend the conference to their friends; that they learned  about many new career paths and that sports has many off the field benefits that will help them in life.
Examples of Program Success 

The 1st Annual Dream Big! Leadership Conference was presented in June by Dream Big! at Northeastern University more than 150 girls, coaches and teachers from a dozen Boston public schools and the Beyond Soccer Program in Lawrence heard true-life accounts from former Olympic, professional and collegiate female athletes about how their involvement in sports and physical activities – and the mentors and friends they found through those efforts – laid the foundation for phenomenal success later in life.

 

Emphasizing the equally crucial ‘off-the-field’ benefits, the conference speakers shared insights about how their participation in athletics paved the way for careers as doctors, lawyers, financial advisors, probation officers, teachers, non-profit leaders, business leaders and coaches. Importantly, the women answered questions and provided advice to the students about what they could do themselves to make their own dreams come true.


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Linda M Driscoll
CEO Term Start Jan 2010
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Linda brings to Dream Big! more than 25 years of experience in business, sports, events and non-profit management. From 2002-2009, she served as the Senior Director of Area Operations, and previously, the Director of the Metro-West Area for the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay. During this time Linda increased the area offices capacity to respond to clients’ needs, launched new and innovative fundraising programs to gain additional resources, built strong leadership councils to assist with fundraising and community relations and helped to develop a strong local presence for the American Red Cross throughout Eastern Massachusetts.
Prior to founding Dream Big! and working with the American Red Cross, Linda has held a number of executive positions including Community Relations Director for the Women’s Sports Foundation GoGirlGo! Boston; Executive Director for the Massachusetts Amateur Sports Foundation – organizers of the Bay State Games; Director of Sports Management and Program Development for Massachusetts Special Olympics; and a Sports Management Consultant for Special Olympics International in South Africa and Unified Sports Internationally. Linda has also been active in many community organizations and has served as the Past President of the Board of Directors for the New England Women’s Fund and a past member of the NCAA Boston Local Organizing Committee, where she served as the Special Events and Hospitality Chair for the Women’s Final Four in Boston in 2006. Linda’s leadership at Dream Big! has been recognized by the Oprah Winfrey Show, she is the recipient of the 2010 New Initiatives Activating Confidence Award presented by the Women's Sports Foundation GoGirlGo! Boston and Boston Sports Woman and the 2011 Women's Initiative Live United Award presented by United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley. In 2012 Dream Big! was recognized by Boston Magazine as one of Boston's "Best Businesses.
 
In just four years Linda has taken Dream Big! from an idea to a great non-profit that has directly impacted over 3500 girls in need in economically disadvantaged communities in Massachusetts through Dream Big! Equipment Grants, Program Scholarships, Sports Clinics and the Dream Big! Leadership Conferences.
Co-CEO M
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Linda Driscoll Founder, President & CEO --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Boston's "Best Businesses" Boston Magazine 2012
2011 Women's Initiative - Live United Award United Way of Massachusetts Bay 2011
New Initiatives - Activating Confidence Award Women's Sports Foundation, GoGirlGo Boston & Boston Sports Woman 2010

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 200
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 1
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 1
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Exempt

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A Annually

Governance


Board Chair Ms Angela Hucles
Board Chair Company Affiliation Up2Us
Board Chair Term Sept 2010 - Nov 2013
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Chris Carleton CHEN PR Voting
Ms. Linda Driscoll Dream Big! Exofficio
Mr. John Gallant IDG Voting
Mr. Matthew Henschel U.S.D.A. Voting
Ms. Angela Hucles NBC Sports Group Voting
Ms. Megan Leo M.D. Boston City Hospital Voting
Ms. Bridget Mackey D.D.S. Dr. Chang Dental Group Voting
Ms. Helen Williams Harvard Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Connie Bauman Wellesley College NonVoting
Ms. Bridget Belgiovine Wellesley College NonVoting
Ms. Judy Blinstrub Babson College NonVoting
Ms. Christine Burke Esq. Christine Burke Esq. NonVoting
Ms. Marsha Florio UMass Boston NonVoting
Ms. Cicley Gay National Cares Mentoring NonVoting
Mrs. Kate Green Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation NonVoting
Mr. Steve Hocker Special Olympics - District of Columbia NonVoting
Mrs. Sarah Keohane - Williamson Wellington Management Company NonVoting
Ms. Carolyn McGovern Ivy League NonVoting
Mrs. Colleen McKenna Cannon Design NonVoting
Ms. Jody Mooradian Boston College NonVoting
Ms. Candy O'Terry Magic, 106.7 NonVoting
Mr Jonathan Paris Massachusetts Sports Partnership NonVoting
Ms. Whitney Post Eating for Life Alliance NonVoting
Mr. David Shapiro Mentor NonVoting
Ms. Rebekah Splaine-Salwasser Boston Scholar Athlete NonVoting
Ms. Sandy Vivas Athleticlinks.com NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 5
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Advisory Board / Advisory Council

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2013 to June 30, 2014
Projected Income $330,000.00
Projected Expense $316,000.00
Form 990s

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990N

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $277,328 $164,049 $112,387
Total Expenses $257,362 $167,929 $113,223

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- $10,855
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $200,571 $103,537 $26,284
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $3,653 -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $45,930 $27,844 $23,179
Revenue In-Kind $27,174 $32,668 $52,069
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $209,639 $128,834 $91,755
Administration Expense $13,639 $17,752 $10,734
Fundraising Expense $34,084 $21,343 $10,734
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.08 0.98 0.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses 81% 77% 81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 14% 16% 18%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $68,124 $30,182 $34,484
Current Assets $67,234 $11,684 $2,897
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $20,000 $3,000 $3,421
Total Net Assets $48,124 $27,182 $31,063

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 3.36 3.89 0.85

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Dream Big! was founded in January 2010, thus the first fiscal year was only a 6 month period requiring only a 990N return and the second and third year (FY 2011 and FY 2012) required the 990EZ form but no audit.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s. The organization provided additional revenue breakout details for fiscal years 2013 and 2012, as well as expense allocation details for administrative & fundraising categories. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.
 

Impact

The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.


1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Dream Big! has Three Primary Goals: Ensure that all girls, regardless of socio-economic background, have the equipment, athletic footwear, uniforms, program fees, training opportunities and supplies that they need to participate in sports and physical activities that contribute to their overall health, fitness, and well-being. Create opportunities for girls to develop social connections with peers and mentors; maintain healthy, active lives; assume leadership roles; and grow physically, emotionally, and socially through sports, physical activities, college partnerships and the Dream Big! Leadership Conference. Combat the risk of obesity-related medical issues by promoting healthy, active lifestyles for young girls and teens.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

Expand partnerships with colleges, community organizations and businesses that will donate new equipment, host equipment drives and/or conduct sports clinics for girls from economically disadvantaged communities.

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

Dream Big! has recently partnered with 9 colleges and 20 new businesses that can provide support next year to help Dream Big! impact over 5000 girls in need.

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

1) Number of athletes we serve 2) Number of athletes that participate in a sport or physical activity for the first time. 3) Number of Elementary Schools we provide P.E. and recess equipment to in order to get children active in economically disadvantaged communities.

5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

Dream Big! has impacted over 5000 girls from low-income situations in just four years and we are on track to impact 4000 children in 2014.