Tutor/Mentor Connection

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Are you looking for more ways to get involved? Are you tired of just sitting behind your desk all day? Well, do I have an offer for you! Start a fundraiser at your workplace for Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Connection. More and more companies now allow donor choice as part of their annual workplace fundraising campaigns. Companies such as Abbott Labs, Allstate, Microsoft, Schwarz, Sargent & Lundy, LLC and GE have used donor-option to support Cabrini Connections and the Tutor/Mentor Connection for many years.

All you have to do is find out if your company allows donor choice. Then (if they allow donor choice) you can support us from any city in the country!

Dollars raised from workplace fund raising are among the most important dollars any charity can have. A small donation of $2 per week, less than a cup of Starbuck’s coffee, can add up to a $100 annual donation. If ten associates do this, that’s a $1,000 donation. These are flexible dollars that can pay rent, hire staff, or provide bus passes to events for kids.

If you are looking for ways to help fundraise for Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Connection visit a few of the sights listed below:


Most workplace fund raising campaigns will start in September. If you send this information to friends, family, co-workers, etc. you can help mobilize an army of workplace donors who support Cabrini Connections and Tutor/Mentor Connection. This will help us serve the teens at Cabrini Connections, while helping us support a growing number of tutor/mentor programs in all parts of Chicago and in other cities.

Also, you can make an online donation at http://www.cabriniconnections.net/

We are a 501-c-3 non profit. Our FEIN is 36-3893431.

Mail donations to: Cabrini Connections, T/MC, 800 W. Huron, Chicago, Il. 60642

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Comment by Daniel Bassill on January 27, 2010 at 6:28pm

Thanks for writing about workplace fund raising. There are two different areas of workplace campaigns. One includes the campaigns that run in private sector corporations and small businesses. The other is the campaigns that take place in Federal, State and Municipal organizations. Getting into company campaigns is something our volunteers can help us do.

However, we're already in the Combined Federal Campaigns which reach government employees. If someone works for the Post Office, a Public University, or the CTA or Chicago Public Schools, they will receive a booklet listing all of the non profits that they can donate to. If people look up Cabrini Connections or the Tutor/Mentor Connection in the index, they can find the CODE that they would use on their pledge form to designate money to us.

The Tutor/Mentor Connection is raising workplace dollars through the campaign organized by Community Shares of Illinois and Cabrini Connections is listed with the Black United Fund of Illinois.

However, there is another form of workplace giving. When someone makes a donation to us, they should ask if their company matches that donation. Many companies do this. Some double the match. I just received $300 today from HP.

In addition, many companies have Dollars for Doers programs where employees who log a specified number of volunteer hours can submit a form that generates a donation to the charity. This also can be substantial. We just need to educate more volunteers to look for these opportunities. In many cases, they are already giving the required number of hours.

Many volunteers focus totally on the youth they mentor, and this is great. However, if we can help those volunteers think about the infrastructure that enables them to connect with the youth, and that supports the youth when the volunteer is not there, or with other learning and enrichment, then more will begin to think of ways to help the organization find the resources to do this work.

As that happens, workplace giving, matching gifts, dollars for doers, and corporate sponsorships become more and more available.

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