Learn more about the merger between Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County and Northwest Indiana

Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County and Boys & Girls of Northwest Indiana are excited to share that the Board of Directors of each organization voted to merge into one of the largest Boys & Girls Clubs in the country!


Joining forces will positively impact over 10,000 kids in our communities. The consolidation into a new entity will provide more human and capital resources through key partnership and funding opportunities. Both organizations working as one will see operating efficiencies, economies of scale, broadened outreach, and more resources allocated back into ten Clubs. New programs and services will be added and measurements reinforced to ensure positive outcomes in priority areas including Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles.

Timeline and Process

The Board of Directors voted to merge on June 19, 2017 with the goal of becoming a singe entity by January 2018. The newly combined organization will restructure its Board allowing 30 to 60 members with representation from both organizations.

The merger process will be lead by a new Board, President and CEO, Ryan Smiley, and an administrative team. A central administrative office will be decided upon through a team of volunteers from both organizations and counties.

What will be affected?

Programs will be improved and enhanced by initiatives geared toward priority outcome areas of Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, and Good Character and Citizenship. Over time, resources will also be further allocated to enhance all relevant programs with a greater emphasis on teen programming. In addition, staff training and development, along with volunteer management will become greater organization priorities.

More human and capital resources will be leveraged through key partnerships and funding resources. All Club locations will remain open and operational with anticipated additional resources to increase collective impact.

Contact Information

For questions, please contact

Ryan Smiley, 219.464.7282 x 222 (Porter County) or 219.881.1060 x 413 (Northwest Indiana)

Merger spokespersons: Bonnie Coleman and Tanya Leetz

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