It has been a challenging year for all of us; especially children and youth without a community of caring and consistent adults in their lives.

Faced with these challenges, BBBST is amazed by the level astounding support our donors continue to provide. Their  contributions have allowed us to adapt how we provide life-changing mentorship programs, and ensure we continue to ignite potential in Toronto’s children and youth 

On National Philanthropy Day, we’d like to say a BIG thank you to our incredible supporters! Continue reading to learn more about how these three organizations in particular have supported our goal of providing life-changing mentorship opportunities to empower children in Toronto to thrive.  

Aubrey & Marla Dan Foundation

Thank you Aubrey & Marla Dan Foundation for gifting BBBST with a generous donation in support of the Big Brother Big Sister Program at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

During the COVID-19 lockdown we’ve been unable to run several core fundraising events, such as Big Night Out, that provide us with the funding we need to provide our life-changing mentorship programs. The Aubrey and Marla Dan Foundation’s generous donation has served as crucial support for core programming at a critical time.  

Thank you Aubrey & Marla Dan!

Ontario Trillium Foundation 

Thank you Ontario Trillium Foundation for their generous donation going towards helping us increase our presence in the community to better serve Littles and their families. 

Because of their thoughtful donation we’ve been able to decrease our waitlist of Littles, serve approximately 125 new Littles in Scarborough (and counting), and made new community connections.

Thank you OTF!


At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic Rogers generously donated devices and  sixmonths of complimentary internet to Littles without access. Rogers recently backed that up by continuing their donation of internet for 6 more months extended internet access for another six months! 

On top of this, CityLine kindly donated amazing gifts for families and children in support of our annual holiday gift drive.  

Access to internet and devices allow children and youth in Toronto to continue their education, which was vital when schools were moved to a virtual platform this past spring. Ensuring children and youth stay connected to their BIGs, extended family and friends at a time of physical distancing.

 Connection is vital to a child’s development.  

Their generous donation of gifts for our annual holiday drive takes the pressure off families at a time where financial strain is eminent. In a year that’s been challenging, it ensures that everyone, regardless of their financial situation, has the opportunity to end the year with a gift that can brighten a child’s day.