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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 and young women from low-income situations achieve their dreams by providing them with the equipment, sports attire, training and program 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 42,000 girls and young women in-need Since 2010.

Target demographics: girls and young women 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: 8000 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

64 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Linda and Dream Big were able to provide my scholar-athletes batting gloves, composite bats, pitching machine balls and practice softballs. We felt extremely fortunate and were able to parlay these items into a successful season. Our girls were very exited putting on their batting gloves and hearing the distinct crack of a their composite bat as they sprayed line drives all over softball field. Thank you Linda and Dream Big!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As the Track & Field Coach at Boston Latin Academy, I can honestly say that Linda Driscoll and Dream Big! were instrumental in our team's success this past year. Forty female athletes received Asics Gel Lyte training shoes at the start of the season. Most of these athletes were training in casual canvas sneakers without support before this, and were unable to purchase a real running shoe on their own. Linda's organization made a significant difference in that it increased the athletes' confidence as well as performance over the course of the season. THANK YOU to both Linda Driscoll and DreamBig!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Linda Driscoll and Dream Big! helped me continue a girls high school hockey program by donating brand new goalie equipment! This will facilitate in the recruitment process of goalies in the future.
Thank you so much, Linda!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Linda Driscoll and Dream Big! helped jump start Beyond Soccer, the organize I run in Lawrence, MA. In late 2010, we were in desperate need of equipment/supplies for our first girls travel soccer team, the Wolves. She quickly answered our call. Since her initial 2010 visit north (I still have the photo of Linda with the girls on my wall), Linda and Dream Big! have been supporting, encouraging and providing important mentoring and leadership opportunities for our middle and high school girls, most recently through the 4th Annual Leadership Conference at UMass Boston. Dream Big! has enabled us to reach so many deserving low-income girls through the sport of soccer. We would not be where we are today without partners like Dream Big! and visionaries with big hearts like Linda Driscoll.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Linda Driscoll reached out to our organization during the Women's Final Four that was held in Nashville, TN. Through a partnership with Dream Big foundation & the NCAA they were able to donate equipment to our organization that will help us achieve our goal of teaching young student athletes the game of basketball and life skills. Dream BIg provided Nashville Youth Basketball Association with many basketballs, ball racks, coolers, water bottles, and more! The contribution was a great boost to our program and is utilized daily. Dream Big was even able to provide about 10 young female athletes with tickets to the NCAA Women's Championship game, which I am sure will be something they remember the rest of their lives.

3 Mitchell N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I coach high school track with students that have low income households. Linda Driscoll and dream big allowed our students to compete with everyone else. They provided us with the opportunity to succeed in a situation where our students would have failed in the past. With your help out girls finished #2 in the city of boston, the highest finish in school history. Thank you Dream Big

2 Beantown J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Linda Driscoll and Dream Big have been fabulous to Beantown Jumpers Double Dutch team. The support has been so helpful . Linda has generously offered to help with buying uniforms and equipment for our teams. We were offered support to pay for the registration fees for the World tournament in South Carolina last year. It is wonderful to have this support. We are very grateful.

We have Dream Big t-shirts with our Team name on them. The girls and I wear them proudly when we perform at various venues. We recently performed at the DB Annual Gala at Fenway Park. We have performed at this event each year. It has been a great place to feature our team. We are reenergized by the crowd and their positive affirmations for us. Thank you for giving us this opportunity.

Thank you so much Linda for making us feel very special and for putting Girls First!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined Dream Big! first as the Board President and have continued my service as a member of the board. This organization is unique in many ways, however one of the driving forces of Dream Big! is that it is led by those who believe and represent the mission and vision of dreaming bigger for a brighter future. I've been a part of other organizations in the past that had some elements of Dream Big! but I love that they offer NEW sports equipment to those girls in need. I remember when I was a young athlete and one of my favorite memories was going to the store with my dad to pick out new cleats for my soccer season. Not everyone has the means or are as fortunate to have brand new sports equipment, or even any type of equipment. And there is absolutely no reason why a child should be told they can not participate in sports because of where they come from, or because a parent has to choose to put dinner on the table for their family instead of buying a basketball. Dream Big! provides opportunities where they did not exist previously. And it's these opportunities that allow young girls to continue to Dream Big for themselves.

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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?

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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!

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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.