Small Can Be Big

Make a big difference
with a small donation.

Help a local low-income family in crisis.
With 100% of the money going to their needs.

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How It Works

Our charitable partners identify low-income families in need.

Our partner charities find people in need of urgent help, and refer them to us.

100% of your donation goes directly to helping these families.

Since we’re powered entirely by volunteers (and specific donations to our General Fund), when you donate to a family the money goes straight to helping them.

We follow the outcomes together.

We keep track of the families we’ve helped and how they’re doing, so you know how you’ve made a difference.

How It Will Make A Difference

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All our operating costs are covered by donations to our General Fund. Volunteers do all the rest – so 100% of your donation can go directly to helping people in need.

So far, over $900,240 has been raised through

We’ve helped families with everything from a health crisis, a mortgage or a utility payment, to helping a spouse and children escape domestic violence.

Hundreds and hundreds of families have been helped.

And with your help, we’ll keep making a difference together. Because sometimes all a family needs to avoid a big catastrophe... is a little help.

Pooling Small Contributions, Hoping for Big Results

From the Blog

A Farewell...A Thank You...and Some Cake!

We recently bid farewell to Maria E. from Boston College School of Social Work. This past year she led several key initiatives here at SCBB, from family referrals to so much more. Thank you, Maria!

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A New Way to Help

Sponsor a family. Spread the word.

Create a custom sponsorship page for a SCBB family and leverage the power of your social network.

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Ready to help? Great.

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See the families near you that are in need of immediate help.

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At Small Can Be Big, failure isn’t an option: all of the families profiled on our web site receive help from us. So when a fundraising goal is not met in time, we draw on the General Fund to make up the shortfall. Any size gift will help.
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Become a volunteer

Help us continue passing on 100% of donations to those in need: join us as a Small Can Be Big volunteer.
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Our Story

Learn more about how Small Can Be Big got started.

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