Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC was created in July 2011 to support the continued operation of the Tutor/Mentor Connection in Chicago, and to help similar intermediaries grow in other cities of the USA and the world. Prior to 2011 (1992-2011) the Tutor/Mentor Connection was part of a 501-c-3 local-global strategy, with it's primary focus being the Cabrini Connections tutor/mentor program located in Chicago. When the Board decided to no longer support the T/MC strategy, a new 501-c-3 to continue the Tutor/Mentor Connection as a stand-alone 501-c-3 was not created. To provide an organizational structure to move forward, Daniel Bassill, founder of the Cabrini Connections and Tutor/Mentor Connection in 1992, created the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC structure.
Volunteers are needed to help create a business plan and revenue generating structure, while others are needed to help update this information and create streamlined communications materials.
The big question: How does one generate revenue for sharing ideas? Read this article about thought-leadership, titled "5 Reasons Why Thought Leaders Should Never Charge for their Time." These are challenges I'm facing and have not found answers for.
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Donation page and Membership Strategies
This study of open government/civic tech, democratic participation/inclusion, and journalism includes a section discussing funding of these efforts. The ideas should be considered by those attempting to fund the Tutor/Mentor Connection strategies.
Articles to be used in fund raising, planning and future program development
The documents listed below were used in planning and building the Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) organization from 1992-2011. Much of what the T/MC was doing in the past is still being done and still requires investment to reach full effectiveness. While these documents attempt to summarize our vision and the strategies that will achieve the vision, this entire wiki should be considered a strategic plan, since it is organized in sections that are covered in the papers below.
As we find partners, writers and editors, we use these documents to define and communicate the strategies the Tutor/Mentor Institute will develop to grow its support for the T/MC in Chicago and tutor/mentor programs throughout the region, including Cabrini Connections.