Boys & Girls Clubs CEO Wins Regional Award
(Bloomington, IL) – Boys & Girls Clubs of America hosted its annual Midwest Leadership Conference October 13-16 in Schaumburg, Illinois at which Grant Anderson, chief executive officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington-Normal, was presented with the Vision and Spirit Award.
The Vision and Spirit Award is presented annually to a Boys & Girls Club professional who has served in the movement less than five years and who has provided impetus for the advancement of the movement.
Since joining Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington-Normal in July 2013, Anderson has led a remarkable turnaround for the organization. After only two years of his leadership, the Club just completed its second annual campaign and raised $118,000 – 57 percent over goal. In addition, he has developed a strong Board of Directors and staff, opened a second location at Bloomington Junior High School and increased average daily attendance by 60 percent his first year and 23 percent his second year.
“Although Grant’s tenure with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington-Normal is less than five years, the positive impact he has had on the Club members, the Club itself and our community is that of a seasoned individual,” said Shelleigh Birlingmair, president of Boys & Girls Clubs’ Board of Directors. “We are honored to have him as our Executive Director, and were thrilled to learn he had won this prestigious award.”
Boys & Girls Club has been providing a safe after-school environment for hundreds of kids in Bloomington-Normal since 1992. Ninety-three percent of Boys & Girls Clubs members receive free or reduced lunch at school while 80 percent of Club parents are in the workforce. The average daily attendance between both locations is 162, with 396 youth total registered as members of the Club. The annual membership fee is just $25 per child. Dues are low so no child is turned away, yet it costs the Club more than $500 per member per year to keep the Club open; this is why raising funds is crucial.