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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Youth Development Programs

Mission: The mission of Dream Big! is to help girls from low-income situations achieve their dreams by providing them with the basic items and fees needed to enable them to participate in sports and physical activities that contribute to their health, education and overall well-being..

Results: Dream Big! Equipment Grants, Program Scholarships, Leadership Conferences and Sports Clinics have had a direct impact on over 30,000 girls in-need Since 2010.

Target demographics: girls from low-income situations get the necessary items and fees needed for them to participate in sports and physical activities that contribute to their health, education and overall well-being.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 6000 girls and young women from low-income situations.

Geographic areas served: Massachusetts

Programs: Dream Big! Equipment Grants Dream Big! Program Scholarships Dream Big! Leadership Conference "Dream Big! Empowering Big Dreamers" All Star Student Athlete Program

Community Stories

56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Rope Burners Double Dutch team has been very fortunate to receive all of the tremendous support that Linda Driscoll and Dream Big has given to us. We have received 100 % of our equipment and T shirts from Dream Big. She has also sponsored the teams that qualified for the ADDL national tournament so that they were able to compete. I am truly thankful for Linda and Dream Big.
Angela Franci

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was excited to work with Dream Big! as part of the 2013 Boston Marathon team. From the beginning, Linda was helpful and supportive. Dream Big!'s specific purpose of providing sports equipment, scholarships and support for girls in athletics is clear and makes a huge impact.
I am honored to continue my support this year and look forward to seeing the myriad ways the girls and young women in our area will be helped by this great organization.
Great communication, clear vision, and wonderful support. What more could you ask for in a charity?

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

America SCORES Boston has received an incredible number of donations from Dream Big over the last few years. Linda Driscoll is a pleasure to work with and is always looking to help us and our young soccer players! We have started a new program in Boston with the U.S. Soccer Foundation called Soccer for Success and Dream Big was a great contributor when it came to getting Soccer for Success off the ground at the beginning of this fall. Thank you Dream Big!

- Mark Moniz, Program Manager, America SCORES Boston

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What a great organization, doing great things and really making a difference. very proud of the work this group does. Athletics can create change and energy in women and girls.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined Dream Big! as a board member because I share Linda's belief in the power of athletics. We both believe that participation in physical activity can transform a kid's life; be it organized sports or physical education. And no caregiver should have to choose between paying a bill and buying equipment for their daughter to play a sport. Linda works nonstop to make sure that girls from low income and homeless situations get the opportunities that many of us take for granted. Dream Big! has made a huge impact on the community in just a few years. I am privileged to be a part of the organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the great opportunity to receive the Dream Big! Scholarship the summer of my junior year. I was able to attend a week-long basketball summer camp, Point Guard College in Pennsylvania. All expenses paid, including the flight there and back. I would have never experienced what it truly takes to be a basketball player if it wasn't for Dream Big! PGC consisted of constant daily drills, as well as class lectures. This experience was life changing because I not only learned basketball skills, but also eating habits that I still carry on until this point. I'm grateful for my experience and for Dream Big! I believe Dream Big! is an extraordinary nonprofit organization! As a sophomore now in college, I maintain my connections with Dream Big! and volunteer at their events.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dream Big has had a tremendous impact on the girls of the Boston Showstoppers. Dream Big has allowed the young women do things and experience things in life, that they never would have potentially been able to do. For instance, Dream Big gave the girls the privilege of attending as well as play upon the Boston Celtics floor, sent girls from the inner city to prestigious basketball camps and provided adequate supplies for the girls to excel academically. For this we here with the Boston Showstoppers will forever be grateful.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've had the incredible opportunity to serve as a founding board member for this tremendous organization. To say that observing first-hand the selfless, dedicated, tireless efforts of its founder and brain trust, Linda Driscoll, has been awe-inspiring is a gross understatement. Her understanding of what was needed - yet missing - to support predominantly urban, low income girls and young women live more productive, healthier lifestyles and obtain enriching educational and social experiences is matched only by her brains and brawn to secure funding and partnerships to deliver those programs and services. More than 3,500 girls and young ladies have benefited to date...and Linda is only just getting started. That's such a great thing for so many! I'm fortunate to play even a small role in this life-changing effort -- life-changing for the girls/young ladies and me alike! Thank you Linda!

Previous Stories
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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've had the privilege of working with the founder, board of directors and related organizations to help establish Dream Big! Under the direction of its tireless founder, Linda Driscoll, this group seeks to fulfill a critically important mission and to provide much-needed support and direction to girls and young women. In just the short time it has been in operation, Dream Big! has changed the lives of hundreds of kids who've benefited from its efforts.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Last year an angel fell out of the sky and landed on my shoulder, it was Dream Big!. When Dream Big!'s CEO saw my request on Donor's Choose, about building a volleyball court for our Dorchester team she contacted me and asked what we needed. A week later she came in saw the condition of our court which consisted of roll away cement base polls that did not allow us to host any home games, she said she was going to help. A year later we have a proper Jaypro Net System, a referee stand, a ball cart and even new volleyballs. Last week we hosted our first home, it was amazing. The girls have never had fans before and couldn't believe how many people showed up. It was an amazing sight that only made our school community stronger. Now we have so many students coming out for the team that next year we will have an official JV team. We owe it all to them.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm involved in a youth sports foundation that also works with under-served girls. DreamBig! steps in and provides the equipment most young athletes in the suburbs take for granted. DreamBig! is doing much more than leveling the playing field. It builds the playing field.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Witnessing and supporting the development of Dream Big has been a most rewarding experience. Critical to one's commitment to financially contribute to a nonprofit organization is knowing that the dollars are linked directly to its mission. That is absolutely the case with Dream Big! The founder's vision for Dream Big, to provide support for girls to learn and participate in sports in the Greater Boston area, was developed and is being executed with amazing success! In just three short years, Dream Big! has impacted over 3500 girls. I am proud to be among those that has helped advance the mission!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Women's Sports Foundation's support of Dream Big came as a no-brainer. The leadership of the organization is experienced, passionate, and committed. I am proud to support this organization and they girls that they serve.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Dream Big is puting dollars to work quickly for kids who really need support to get involved in sports, which has such a positive impact on their lives. I've been really proud to be involved with the group and to see how quickly founder Linda Driscoll has been able to deliver on the promise she made in launching Dream Big. There are so many positives to having underpriveleged kids involved with sports and the long-term impact of this involvement is incredible. Linda has made it possible for those who need help to quickly define a need and get it fulfillfed. Donors see very quickly that they are having a very positive influence on kids and the future.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Dream Big! since it was first founded in 2010, and I am amazed at all that CEO and Founder Linda Driscoll has been able to accomplish in such a short period of time. Dream Big! is truly making a difference in the lives of young girls in Greater Boston by providing them with the support they need to participate in physical activities and lead healthy lives! I encourage everyone to visit the organization's website at www.dream-big.org to learn more about the programs Dream Big! is supporting.