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There are so many great stories of mentoring matches and graduating students, thanks to your many generous gifts.

  • Graduating Seniors -- Our May 2013 scholarship recipient, Shalonda, shared that her mentor helped her see that “education is the key to getting out of my situation,” which for Shalonda was homelessness and transitional housing. She became focused on school, achieved honor roll grades, and “with desire, determination, and dedication,” enrolled at North Carolina Central University for Fall 2013.  Shalonda could not contain her tears when she accepted our River Road four-year scholarship, and the laptop computer, printer, and carrying bag to help power up her college experience. 
  • Matching Eighth Graders – We piloted a mentoring program at the Kelly Miller Middle School, because the transition to 9th grade is when most teens drop out.  We had high hopes for those seven students -- all of them bubbling over with enthusiasm about entering high school -- and as of 2016, all but one have been promoted to the 11th grade!

Students with mentors are more likely to have positive outcomes, like graduating from high school and continuing on to college -- which is great for all of us! Your gift this season will enable many more D.C. students to have the positive influence of a mentor in their lives, and our mentored students continue their tradition of achievement:

  • At least 90% of our seniors graduate from high school compared to 60% of their D.C. peers.
  • At least 80% of our graduates enroll in post-secondary education, compared to 29% in D.C. 
  • At least 60% of our pairs’ relationships last at least a year, compared to 38% nationally.  According to leading studies, a year or more of mentoring can have a significantly more positive effect on students than relationships lasting less than a year.

Mentoring works.  You can help!  As always, may your gifts to others return to you in abundance.

     Deirdre Bagley, Executive Director

When you give money to Mentors, Inc. (which you can do using the DONATE button) you are investing in the lives of D.C. youth.  Your support enables us to serve the many students who come to us seeking the guidance of a mentor.  We do not charge our teens or their mentors a fee to participate in our program; instead, we raise funds year round to make mentoring and support services available at no cost to them.  

Find ways to give:

Workplace Giving:  Mentors, Inc. is a proud participant of both United Way and Combined Federal Campaigns. You can choose to designate Mentors, Inc. as the recipient: United Way 8328/CFC 98400.

Matching Gifts:  If you are employed by, retired from, or a board member of a business or organization with a matching gift program, you may be able to double your donation to Mentors, Inc.  Please forward the appropriate paperwork to Mentors, Inc. so that we may follow up on your behalf.

In-Kind Donations:  Mentors, Inc. welcomes the donation of products and services such as event tickets that we can use to enable pairs to experience cultural, educational and fun events, office items such as laptop computers, PDAs or furniture to support operations, "off to college" gifts for our graduates, or adopt a family commitments for the holidays.  Such gifts offset various costs and often help us conduct our business more effectively. Mentors, Inc. can provide documentation for in-kind contributions to ensure that the donor receives appropriate tax benefits.

Donations of Stock or Other Assets:  These donations provide the donor with additional tax advantages.  For more information, please speak with your financial advisor.


Looking to get your organization involved in a substantive way?  Consider these examples for making a contribution, or suggest your own way to help Mentors, Inc. change students’ lives.  Let us help you count the ways:

  1. Host informational sessions to build a mentor corps among your employees
  2. Host a fundraising breakfast, lunch, dinner or happy hour for your colleagues and friends
  3. Commit to several years of fund collection at the holidays
  4. Let us place a free ad in your newsletter, magazine, or web page to recruit mentors
  5. Offer your restaurant or space for a Mentors, Inc. event
  6. Host career day demonstrations at your workplace
  7. Provide pro-bono professional services around technology, social networking, public relations/marketing, accounting, or other area of need
  8. Sponsor a social event, college tour, or named scholarship
  9. Adopt-a-school/class of 15 or more students for one year
  10. Make a financial donation (Click on "DONATE")