Monday, March 29, 2010

We're Poor, But we're not Broke

My book keeper was here this morning and I'm not sure where I'll get the money to meet this week's payroll. One payment we expected last week was delayed. The money from the Cabrini Madness won't come till next week. Thus, we have a problem.

We'll get over it. We have had this problem over, and over, for the past 16 years because as a non-profit, we've never been able to build funding partners who share the same long-term commitment to tutor/mentor programs that we have, and who will demonstrate that with their funding.

Some of those who did have that commitment have been lost due to economic downturns, company failures, and changes in leadership.

Yet, we're not broke.

I encourage you to visit the Cabrini Blog and read stories of how our volunteers and kids are working together in arts, technology, writing and video clubs. Read about Cabrini Madness where more than 100 of our students, volunteers and friends have raised over $16,000 in the past two months.

Then read Bradley Troast's article about the way interns are helping us.

I posted four comments on the Tutor/Mentor Connection OHATS today, showing work that three additional groups of interns/volunteers are doing to help us.

One group of Net Impact Service Corps Volunteers is doing a review of T/MC and other mentoring partnerships and citywide program locators to show strengths and compare funding.

A group of students in a technology class at Loyola is rebuilding the database on the Tutor/Mentor Conference web site.

A third group is developing expertise in Social Network Analysis, showing how the Tutor/Mentor Connection is connecting people and organizations who would not know each other otherwise.

We're stretching the dollars we have as though they were rubber bands. Yet we could sure use a few more dollars. If you'd like to help us send donations to

Cabrini Connections
Tutor/Mentor Connection
800 W. Huron
Chicago, Il 60642

We're a 501-c-3 non profit, FEIN 36-3893431

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