T/MC launched a small survey of Chicago tutor/mentor programs in August 09 and Nicole White has summarized the results on her blog.
We launched a broader survey in August 2008 to understand what we have in common and how we differ. You can still take it at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=Fc0avXYOPKbbkwDnIQi38A_3d_3d
Editor note, Feb. 2014: The results of this survey no longer are showing on the SurveyMonkey page. Here is the blog article showing results, as of Sept. 2009.
I created this image to illustrate the infrastructure needed in a non profit tutor/mentor program. Is this true for your organization? Do you have all of this in place? What ways can we work together to make such support available to more of the organizations providing tutoring/mentoring?
I encourage new people to take the survey, and to encourage people in your own networks to participate. Then, I'd also like to find people will will lead discussions to help us all gain meaning from the responses, and to look for areas of common need where we can work together to solve those challenges.
Joe, you make a good point. At Cabrini Connections, I'd say 95% of our volunteers find out about us on the web (a lot of our students do, too). We have a lot of information on our web site which attracts them, along with clear ways to contact us. We also get a lot of referrals from idealist.org. Then, in turn, over time, a lot of our volunteers are the ones who contribute to or put us in touch with fundraising opportunities. I guess it's part a "chicken or the egg" situation, but I think there is great value in investing in technology, specifically a web site, for nonprofits.
Illinois Mentoring Partnership "State of Mentoring In Illinois, 2014" report shows funding greatest need of Illinois mentoring programs. Tutor/Mentor Connection surveys and feed back from program leaders have identified this as an urgent need since the mid 1990s.
What's needed is consistent leadership from business, philanthropy, elected officials, faith leaders and others to draw volunteers and donors to all tutor/mentor programs on a consistent basis, just the way corporate office teams of big companies use advertising to draw customers to stores, or web sites, on a regular basis.