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BBBS Director Of Development Recieves Forty Under 40 Award

Shelley Schwab, Director of Development for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana (BBBSNEI), has been named a “Forty Under 40” award winner by Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly. Schwab was one of 40 young professionals chosen by a panel of distinguished judges for her determination to make a difference on the job and in the community. The winners were honored at an awards dinner on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at the Memorial Coliseum in the new Conference Center.

In her eight years with BBBSNEI, Schwab has helped lead the Big Brothers Big Sisters team towards exponential growth and increased $1.4 million in revenue and 1,300 matches to $2.3 million and 2,020 matches in 2014. Schwab has also implemented her expertise in marketing, branding and media relations to cultivate a distinct brand and message that is highly recognizable in the nonprofit sector. Under her leadership, the agency has been recognized and awarded nationally for “Agency of the Year,” “Volunteer of the Year” and “Board of the Year” multiple times in the last five years.

Prior to her work as the Director of Development, Shelley served as the Special Events Coordinator for BBBSNEI and was responsible for the planning and implementation of the organization’s five signature events: Bowl for Kids’ Sake, Gourmet Dinner, Volunteer Recognition Dinner, Brad Miller Gala, Auction & Golf Outing and the Women’s Champagne Brunch. In this position, she increased annual event revenue from $400,000 to $800,000 and increased event attendance four-fold.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana is a nonprofit organization that serves children in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells, and Whitley counties in Indiana and Branch, Hillsdale and St. Joseph counties in Michigan. Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported one to one relationships with measureable impact. To learn how you can positively impact a child’s life, donate or volunteer at