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May 20, 2012
Daniel Bassill commented on Michael B. Romain's blog post Consistency in Funding: Toward a New Funding Model
"Fund raising is all about selling, story telling and relationship building...and perserverence.  Here are some ideas to consider. 1) look at this organizatoin and see how they support social entrepreneurs. Could a few of you put together a T/MC…"
Feb 22, 2011
Joseph Kreul commented on Michael B. Romain's blog post Consistency in Funding: Toward a New Funding Model
"I know I'm a little late to replying to this forum thread, but at the time I first read it, I had little experience and very little understanding of this program as a whole.  It is diheartening when you send out e-mails that you crafted…"
Feb 22, 2011
Daniel Bassill commented on Michael B. Romain's blog post The Measure of a Mayor
"Thanks for adding another article to the Ning site. I hope all is going well and you'll continue to contribute articles.  We've launched a Cabrini Madness fund raising campaign, with teams of volunteers and students competing to see…"
Feb 22, 2011
Michael B. Romain posted a blog post

The Measure of a Mayor

The New York Times: "When voters go the polls Tuesday to pick Chicago's first new mayor since the 1980s, they can reflect on a lively campaign that featured topics ranging from education and crime to whether one of the mayoral hopefuls had smoked crack. "But one issue dwarfs all the others: like most local and state governments, City Hall is facing a gaping budget deficit with few…See More
Feb 22, 2011
Jay Marinus Nalini van Amstel left a comment for Michael B. Romain
"Hi, We are developing an environmental education project for children and tennagers. We are looking for internacional partners, watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfW1ElpIT_k access our game blog: http://ehcos.blogspot.com thanks, Jay van…"
Jan 16, 2011
Michael B. Romain commented on Michael B. Romain's blog post Consistency in Funding: Toward a New Funding Model
"Karina, Bradley, and Dan thanks for the thoughtful input. I'm actually working on establishing some relationships w/ potential small businesses that might be able to invest in the long-term.  What I've noticed with government and…"
Dec 22, 2010
Karina Walker commented on Michael B. Romain's blog post Consistency in Funding: Toward a New Funding Model
"Hi Michael, I echo Bradley and Dan's sentiments about your thoughtful and insightful observations. Since I am also new to the non-profit industry, I can certainly relate to the learning-curve of figuring out how to approach getting funding,…"
Dec 22, 2010
Bradley Troast commented on Michael B. Romain's blog post Consistency in Funding: Toward a New Funding Model
"Michael, you've done an excellent job of succinctly describing your observations. I completely agree. I think nonprofits inherently think in a "if you build it, they will come" sense. They are passionate about their work and feel…"
Dec 8, 2010
Daniel Bassill commented on Michael B. Romain's blog post Consistency in Funding: Toward a New Funding Model
"Michael, you're absolutely correct. So what are the ways T/MC could generate revenue, and achieve its mission? This brainstorming can take place in this forum, or elsewhere. Some examples that you and I have talked about. a) create…"
Nov 17, 2010
Michael B. Romain posted a blog post

Consistency in Funding: Toward a New Funding Model

These past few weeks of soliciting donations for TM/C's Mapping Solutions event have been an education of sorts. At times, it's seemed that my attempts to spread the word, in person and through mail, add up to nothing more than exercises in preparation for future failures. These weeks have illustrated why perseverance is a necessary trait for anyone who wants to get into the nonprofit business.But along with perserverance, this experience has also taught me a fundamental lesson about the…See More
Nov 17, 2010
Daniel Bassill commented on Michael B. Romain's blog post The Discipline of Mentoring (Part I)
"I created this graphic a couple of years ago and included it in this blog article to illustrate the work and planning that supports an on-going students and tutor/mentor relationship. Finding and sustaining a flow of operating resources and talent…"
Oct 30, 2010
Michael B. Romain posted a blog post

The Discipline of Mentoring (Part I)

“There must always be room for judgment, but judgment aided—and even enhanced—by procedure.” Dr. Atul Gawande, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things RightAny individual or organization planning a mentoring program should first read the report commissioned by The Mentoring Center in 2000, which found “two distinct areas of challenge within the general field of mentoring and the mentoring agencies that make up the field.” The first, which essentially leads into the latter and is the most…See More
Oct 29, 2010
Daniel Bassill commented on Michael B. Romain's blog post Senator Moynihan's Redux
"Michael, this is a thoughtful article. Thank you. We need to stimulate thinking around this on many forums, not just here. I'll try to help do that. I hope others will also. I encourage you to try to develop a follow up article that shows the…"
Oct 21, 2010
Michael B. Romain posted a blog post

Senator Moynihan's Redux

Like other intellectuals whose legacies have been marginalized, even mired, when the conditions of the world proved not very amenable, or outright hostile, to their theories, Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan spent some time in the valley of misunderstanding, the fear of which, for most thinkers, is overshadowed only by total irrelevance. His 1965 study on black poverty prepared for the Johnson administration, in which he attributed the disintegration of the black family as a primary factor in black…See More
Oct 20, 2010
Daniel Bassill commented on Michael B. Romain's blog post Strained Suburbs
"Leaders in many cities ringing Chicago should be providing resources to support the T/MC, so they can use the T/MC resources to support the growth of tutor/mentor programs and other needed services in their own communities. We have people from many…"
Oct 8, 2010

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Hometown:
River Forest, IL
About Me:
I am a burgeoning nonprofit analyst and public policy maker with a passion for economic equity and environmental sustainability and everything in between (and even outside).
What do you hope to learn, or share, on this forum?
I hope to learn about ideas for generating a tutor-mentor tipping point, so that the concept of pairing economically disadvantaged children with positive tutors and mentors will grow to scale and become apart of our culture.

Michael B. Romain's Blog

The Measure of a Mayor

The New York Times: "When voters go the polls Tuesday to pick Chicago's first new mayor since the 1980s, they can reflect on a lively campaign that featured topics ranging from education and crime to whether one of the mayoral hopefuls had smoked crack.

 

"But one issue dwarfs all the others: like most local and state governments, City Hall is facing a gaping…

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Posted on February 22, 2011 at 3:05pm — 1 Comment

Consistency in Funding: Toward a New Funding Model

These past few weeks of soliciting donations for TM/C's Mapping Solutions event have been an education of sorts. At times, it's seemed that my attempts to spread the word, in person and through mail, add up to nothing more than exercises in preparation for future failures. These weeks have illustrated why perseverance is a necessary trait for anyone who wants to get into the nonprofit business.

But along with perserverance, this experience has also taught me a fundamental…

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Posted on November 17, 2010 at 1:04pm — 6 Comments

The Discipline of Mentoring (Part I)

“There must always be room for judgment, but judgment aided—and even enhanced—by procedure.” Dr. Atul Gawande, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right…

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Posted on October 29, 2010 at 5:07pm — 1 Comment

Senator Moynihan's Redux


Like other intellectuals whose legacies have been marginalized, even mired, when the conditions of the world proved not very amenable, or outright hostile, to their theories, Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan spent some time in the valley of… Continue

Posted on October 20, 2010 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

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At 10:38am on January 16, 2011, Jay Marinus Nalini van Amstel said…

Hi,

We are developing an environmental education project for children and tennagers. We are looking for internacional partners, watch:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfW1ElpIT_k

access our game blog: http://ehcos.blogspot.com

thanks,

Jay van AmstelAmbiente em Movimento Institutehttp://pt.wiserearth.org/organization/view/c6f107f1ce89a1dd43dd44cc11529b7d/section/main#

At 9:11am on August 24, 2010, Daniel Bassill said…
Hi Michael. Thanks for joining the group. As you browse around and begin to tell the story of what the Tutor/Mentor Connection and Cabrini Connections are trying to accomplish, I hope you'll also connect with the others who are part of this group, and encourage them to take more active roles in sharing information, and working together to expand the resources we each need to operate.
 
 
 

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