Sunday, March 08, 2009

Changing the way philanthropy works

Chris Warren, who is serving a one year fellowship with Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Connection, has written a blog post showing how the T/MC seeks to work with teams from universities, professions, businesses, hospitals, etc.

We have many groups growing within the Tutor/Mentor Connection page, and our aim is to help each group adopt the ideas Chris is writing about, so that they innovate new ways to draw volunteers, operating dollars and other needed resources to constantly improving, volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs in Chicago and other cities.

You can learn more about this concept in discussion posts on the T/MC main web site.

As these teams form, and do their brainstorming, planning and implement their strategy via these open Ning forums, each team will learn from its own work, as well as the work of other groups focusing on the same goal in other cities. Thus, each year the impact of each team will grow based on how well the learn and innovate from the work of the entire universe of teams working toward a common goal.

As these teams learn to take on the intermediary role of helping volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs get the resources needed to grow in more places, their work will model a new way of supporting the growth of needed social benefit programs, in cases where the same type of program in needed in thousands of locations.

Changing the way non profits get resources will change the impact of social benefit organizations all over the world.

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