Your Contribution Matters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northcentral Wisconsin relies on support from corporate donations, corporate sponsorships, fundraising events and private and individual donations.  Navigating through this pandemic has been a financial struggle.  Support from our community is vital to continue our youth mentoring programs.

Donating Is Easy

Another way you become a Defender of Potential!


Make a one time or reoccurring gift

Community Foundation Endowment

Donate to our endowment through the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin.

Spare Change-Round Up

Round up your change on your purchases to make a big difference.

Legacy Gift

Leave a gift for years to come to remember your loved ones

Event Sponsorship

Contribute to one of our special events

Legacy Gifts

Make us part of your trust, bequest or endowment and leave a legacy for years to come.

One of the simplest ways to leave a charitable legacy to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northcentral Wisconsin (BBBSNCW) is through a provision in your will, stating your intentions. You can bequest any of the following:

  • A gift in a specific dollar amount
  • A percentage of your estate
  • What remains after you provide for others
  • A specific item or property

A bequest of property to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northcentral Wisconsin is deductible for estate tax purposes at its full market rate and can result in substantial tax savings.

Life Insurance
A simple and inexpensive way to leave a mentoring-supporting legacy is by changing the beneficiary on a life insurance policy to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northcentral Wisconsin – particularly a policy that is no longer needed for its original purpose. This provides a tax-free gift that supports mentoring in your community.
Charitable Remainder Trust
Charitable Remainder Trusts provide both immediate tax benefits and income to the donor.

Here is an example of how it works:

Jerry had stock valued at $50,000 and wished to make a gift to BBBSNCW in support of youth mentoriong. After speaking with his attorney and investment advisor, he transferred this stock to a charitable remainder trust (CRT) – establishing an annuity that will provide him with $4,000 per year for the rest of his life. This annuity is a welcome supplement to his retirement income.

In addition, he receives a significant charitable income tax deduction in the year he creates the trust. Jerry also avoided paying an immediate capital gains tax of almost $8,000, which would have been due if he had sold the stocks.

At Jerry’s death, the remaining CRT funds will be given to BBBSNCW as his personal legacy gift.

Charitable Lead Trust
Like a Charitable Remainder Trust, a Charitable Lead Trust can also provide support for BBBSNCW and significant tax benefits for the donor. However, it differs in an important way. A Charitable Lead Trust can make financial gifts to the BBBSNCW for either a specific number of years or for the donor’s lifetime. At the end of this period, however, the assets in the trust typically pass to the donor’s children or their trusts.

Here is an example of how it works:

Beth established a Charitable Lead Trust that makes a contribution to BBBSNCW each year for the rest of her life. These contributions are funded by stocks that Beth no longer needs for her own support. Upon Beth’s death, the assets in the trust will be left to her son William.

The contributions made to BBBSNCW result in a sizable charitable deduction for Gift and Estate Tax purposes. This deduction will also result in a higher proportion of the trust assets being passed onto William with a smaller portion going to taxes.

Memorial or Honorarium Gift
When you make a gift in honor or in memory of a loved one, we will send the honoree or the family of the memorialized person a special card notifying them of your gift. Please indicate below the name of the honoree (or memorialized person) as well as the name and address to whom the tribute notification card should be mailed.

None of the above is intended as legal advice. Please consult with a competent tax and legal professional to determine the best giving strategies for your situation.

Additional Ways To Give


Give us a call at 1-715-848-7207 to make a donation over the phone.


Send your contribution to our office at 613 North 5th Street, Suite 203, Wausau, WI 54403

Program Sponsorship

Sponsor one of the many programs offered

Event Sponsorship

Please join us at our premier fundraising events.

Big Taste

Join us for an evening of delicious food and drink, with all proceeds benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northcentral Wisconsin.  Big Taste is one of two major fundraisers that are held each year.  Be a part of the fun!  Contact Linda Koepke, to learn more of the different sponsorship levels available.

Bowl For Kids Sake

Our signature fundraiser.  Held during the spring of each year, different sponsorships and corporate lane sponsorships are available.  Be a part of Something BIG!  Contact Linda Koepke, to learn more.

How We Use Your Gifts

No matter how much you donate, your contribution will improve the lives of at-risk youth who are in need of a positive role model.  Donate today and begin to Start Something Big!



Help recruit new Big Brother and Big Sister volunteers




Cover the costs of background checks while ensuring trained professionals match children to caring and responsible Bigs




Offer one-on-one, ongoing supervision and support for every match


Provide cultural and social activities to enrich the opportunities for children

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northcentral Wisconsin is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and donors generally qualify for tax deductions.

Our Mentoring Works

National research has shown that positive relationships between youth and their Big Brothers and Big Sisters have a direct and measurable impact on children’s lives.

  • Confidence 82% 82%
82% of children, reported by a classroom teacher, maintained or improved in confidence.
  • Competence 72% 72%
72% of children, reported by a classroom teacher, maintained or improved in competence.
  • Caring 71% 71%
71% of children, reported by a classroom teacher, maintained or improved in caring.

Little Brothers and Sisters in our area show results: (according to 2014-2015 Program Outcome Evaluation (POE) feedback) 2015-2016 POE Teacher Data

Have More Time Than Money?

We are always in need of volunteers: to serve as mentors, to help out at fundraisers and other events, for light office work, and the list goes on.