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Great businesses grow from the ground up, based on their availability to attract consistent resources to fuel their growth. It takes a consistent flow of operating dollars for great tutor/mentor programs to operate in high poverty areas. Read most current blog article on this topic.
The map below shows the distribution of 31 volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs in Chicago who received $240,000 in grants in 2007 from the Lawyers Lend A Hand Program. In 2008 another $217,000 in grants was distributed to mostly the same organizations. The Tutor/Mentor Connection received $30,000 in 2007 and 2008 from LAH. The Cabrini Connections program which was part of the T/MC non-profit umbrella also received nearly $5,000 each year.
If lawyers in Chicago can provide part of the money and volunteers needed at many tutor/mentor programs, think of how much stronger volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs would be if engineers, accountants, faith networks, alumni groups, etc. were each raising similar amounts of money and distributing these resources to the same list of programs used by the lawyers.
If every industry uses T/MC maps to plan their distribution of resources, programs in every part of the city will have a more diverse corps of volunteers, and of funding. This will make every program stronger.
Introduction of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC
The Tutor/Mentor Connection was created in 1993 to help volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs grow in the Chicago area. It operated as part of the Cabrini Connections site based tutor/mentor program, a 501-c-3 non profit until June 2011.
In April 2011 the Board of Directors at Cabrini Connections decided to discontinue support for the Tutor/Mentor Connection strategy. In order to continue the T/MC in Chicago and help similar groups grow in other cities Dan Bassill created the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC in July 2011. The mission has not changed since 1993. The lack of financial resources also has not changed. However, the tax status is different. We hope that those who have supported this strategy in the past will continue to support it in the future under this new structure. Read more at http://www.tutormentorexchange.net/donations