Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa

Social Service


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa enables life-changing mentoring relationships to ignite the power and potential of young people facing adversity. We carefully and intentionally place an additional, consistent and supportive mentor in these young people’s lives.

Volunteer mentors are intentionally recruited based on the needs of local youth and are professionally screened. The mentor, mentee, and family receive training and are monitored and supported by a designated professional caseworker. Youth and their families also receive access to opportunities through BBBSO supporters such as new running shoes, outdoor clothing, technology, and holiday hampers.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa has been creating youth mentorship matches in the Ottawa community for over 50 years, and in Renfrew County for six years. Our programs have grown from the traditional Bigs 1:1 program to include programming for elementary and secondary school students, youth in care, and young adults aged 18-24 with a focus on diversity and inclusion.

Our Impact

An incredible transformation takes place when a young mentee is matched with an adult mentor who expresses care, challenges their growth, provides support, shares power, and expands their possibilities. These mentees build the life skills they need to be successful. We also see positive changes to their mental health, wellbeing, educational engagement, and employment readiness.

For every $1 invested in mentoring by Big Brothers Big Sisters, there is a $23 social return on investment to the community, as the child grows up and becomes an adult who gives back by becoming a volunteer or donor themselves.

In 2020, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa and Renfrew County mentorship programs impacted more than 4,000 individuals within the community.

How your gift will be used

You can ensure that our vision ‘Every Child Realizes Their Full Potential’ becomes a reality. Your gift will continue to change lives and create opportunities; building a brighter future for children and youth in our community.

Add to my charities list

Save to a list that you can send to your lawyer or notary, or just to yourself.

Contact your lawyer or notary

Send a note to your lawyer or notary saying that you want to add this charity to your Will.

Charity details

Legal Name

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa

Charity Number

10679 4431 RR0001

Calculate your potential gift

Your potential gift


Charity gift

% of your estate


Gift to loved ones

% of your estate

Privacy questions

Nothing you enter here is stored or recorded, it is just displayed for you. For more information see our privacy policy.

Disclaimer: The figures provided in the calculator above are only general estimates based on the information provided by you. These figures, and the amount available for charitable giving through a Will, will differ according to each individual person’s financial situation and other factors. Will Power, CAGP and the CAGP Foundation make no guarantees or assurances as to the accuracy of these estimates or their appropriateness in particular circumstances. This information is not intended as a substitute for financial or estate planning advice given by a professional advisor, and users should consult a professional financial advisor for advice pertaining to their particular circumstances.

Talk to your lawyer or notary about adding Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa to your Will.

We can help you instantly send a note to your lawyer or notary saying you want to leave a gift in your Will.