About Big Brothers: Overview


Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver is a registered charity and community-based organization that has been operating in the Lower Mainland since 1957. We offer friendship-based mentoring programs for boys and girls and provide volunteer opportunities for men and women.

Traditionally, we have matched boys who have limited to no contact with their fathers with carefully screened and trained adult male volunteers.

Times have changed, as have our volunteers and the needs of our community. In response, we have developed a menu of programs to suit the diversity of our communities and the busy schedules of our volunteers.

We have also expanded our service area to include communities from across the Lower Mainland, Sea-to-Sky Corridor and the Sunshine Coast.

We currently serve the following areas: Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, Delta, New Westminster, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Surrey, White Rock, Tsawwassen, Squamish, Whistler and the Sunshine Coast.


To put a mentor in the life of every child who needs one.


We enhance children’s social and emotional development by delivering and advocating for the highest quality, prevention-based mentoring programs.


Click here to to view the 2013/14 Annual Report summarizing our last fiscal year. Click here to view the 2013 Financial Statements.

Previous years are also available: 2012/13, 2011/12, 2010/11 and 2009/10


Our Strategic Planning process was committed to being both inclusive and consultative.  This resulting plan will serve as our guide for departmental practices and program development as they relate to our Strategic Directives.  We gratefully acknowledge the input from our community of stakeholders via surveys, analysis and subject expert meetings. Click here to view the Charity's Strategic Plan encompassing 2010 - 2015. 

Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver drafted a Strategic Plan as well, mirroring that of the Charity, as a map to raise funding to support the 1,500 annual matches we strive to serve by 2015. Click here to view the Foundation's Strategic Plan bringing us to 2015.


Big Brothers embodies the principles of diversity and welcomes participants regardless of race, religion, culture or sexual orientation.

Get involved!

There are many ways to support Big Brothers. From volunteering to event participation to donating used clothing, each option is equally rewarding and beneficial to our programs.

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