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Local Non-Profit Adopts the Great Game of Business to Maximize their Impact in the Community

Feb 5, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, MO – 1983 marked the birth of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks (BBBSO) and Springfield Remanufacturing Company’s (SRC) Great Game of Business (GGOB) in Springfield, Missouri.  While each organization has individually made a significant impact on the community, 31 years later they are creating a strong partnership to make an even bigger impact on the local community.  SRC has been a longtime supporter of BBBSO by raising over $110,000 for the agency in the last 7 years through Bowl for Kids’ Sake, which the GGOB culture strongly supports.  In addition, SRC employees have supplied countless volunteer hours by providing board members, committee members, and mentors to BBBSO.  “GGOB is thrilled to be continuing our commitment to BBBSO and our community by helping their staff harness their collective wisdom” says Patrick Carpenter, Vice President of GGOB. Carpenter continues, “We believe BBBSO has a direct impact on the lives of kids who represent our future workforce and community.  BBBSO’s mission is directly aligned with GGOB’s stated mission of impacting lives as well as organizational results”

Four years ago BBBSO began learning about the GGOB and embracing open book management; however 2015 marks the first year that BBBSO will fully implement the Great Game in order to maximize the utilization of community resources toward strengthening mentoring programs for local children.  BBBSO CEO Katie Davis, remarks “We have been fortunate to receive so much support from SRC in the past and implementing the GGOB in our organization will have a long lasting impact on the organization.”  She goes on to say, “I hope that we can be an example for other nonprofits that the Great Game is not just for private companies, but they can use it as well to increase financial stability and enhance their services to the community.”

BBBSO is projecting that in 2015, revenue will increase by 13% and the number of children served will increase by 11%.  Through the support of The Great Game of Business, Inc. the employees of Big Brothers Big Sisters will be engaged in ongoing weekly staff huddles in which financial and program related statistics will be shared and discussed.   Employees will be reporting on the financial and program figures that they impact.  By increasing employee awareness of the day-to-day metrics of the organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters expects to optimize its resources towards directly serving more youth.  “In order to ensure that donor funds are used as effectively as possible we feel that it is necessary for all staff members to understand the finances of the organization and how they are impacted,” stated Tyler Moles, Director of Development.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and United Way partner agency that has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life.  Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in single-parent and low-income families or households where a parent is incarcerated.  As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (Bigs) and children (Littles).

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides a system of ongoing evaluation and support, which is proven by independent studies to help families by improving the odds that Littles will perform better in school and avoid violence and illegal activities, and have stronger relationships with their parents and others. In 2013, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks supported over 700 matches in southwestern Missouri.  Learn how you can positively impact a child’s life, donate or volunteer today at  For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks, contact Tyler Moles at


Great Game of Business In 1983, Springfield Remanufacturing Company (SRC) was faced with no money, no resources and little hope for the company to survive. Everyone had to learn the game of business, or it was game over.   Jack Stack, a green manager at the time, realized that they could teach business through the analogy of a game. Business has all the elements of a game: rules, a scorecard, a reward for winning. The purpose of playing The Game was to save jobs. The result was a company that not only saved jobs, but also created wealth and shared that wealth with the entire team.  Good to Great author Jim Collins says, “The whole concept of The Great Game of Business is beautiful –consistency, alignment, and transparency, infused with core values and brought to life with powerful mechanisms. It is inspired and inspiring.”  BBBSO joins Paul Mueller, Marlin Network, Greene County and others in Springfield, MO who leverage GGOB to drive results in their organization.

For more information about The Great Game of Business for Social Sectors, contact Katie Davis at

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