Towards more sustainable mentoring initiatives: tool

As mentoring to work organisations often rely on project-based funding and have little expertise in the development of sustainable business models, we found it important to develop a tool to help steer the way.


This tool helps organisations to reflect on how they can become more sustainable in the (near) future. The tool encourages and guides organisations making a shift towards a more socio-entrepreneurial approach. 


The tool consists of 15 dimensions 


Take a look at the tool, download the complete tool or download the separate dimensions to work with.

Dimension 1


Good knowledge of the social problem you address. For what social problem is mentoring to work a solution? 

Dimension 2


Know the environment your mentoring to work initiative is part of. What features and tendencies do you observe? How does this influence how your mentoring initiative works?  

Dimension 3


Have a clear purpose. Develop a strong sense among all members of your mentoring initiative of why your mentoring initiative is relevant. What is your unique contribution to society?

Dimension 4


Develop a strong public narrative. What is the story you tell about your mentoring initiative to the companies you work with, your partners, the mentors, and the mentees? How can you tell a story that engages? 

Dimension 5


Good governance. What are the systems and processes in place to ensure the overall direction, effectiveness, supervision and accountability of your mentoring initiative? How does your governance model support collective leadership? 

Dimension 6


Collective leadership. A culture of collaboration and collective leadership is an important success factor for thriving social enterprises. Research on leadership in mentoring initiatives shows similar results. How to develop practices for collective leadership? 


Dimension 7


Organisational structure for effectiveness and agility. What kind of organisational structure or practices can be developed to be able to react in a flexible, human centered and effective manner on the challenges and the opportunities you encounter? 

Dimension 8


Develop a marketing strategy and communication plan. How will you communicate your value proposition to your different target audiences? What is in it for them to work engage with your mentoring initiative?  


Dimension 9


Human resources. How will you stimulate social intrapreneurship of your employees, a hidden capacity that often has to be unlocked when organisations make a shift from a project based existence to a social enterprise. 


Dimension 10


Financial sustainability planning.  It requires a lot of time, persistence and enthusiasm to seek, secure and maintain financial resources. How can you develop a clear financial plan that supports your sustainability? 

Dimension 11


Financial management analysis. How do you plan, monitor and evaluate all financial aspects of your mentoring initiative? 


Dimension 12


Operational processes, systems and infrastructure. In the early stages attention for efficient and effective operational structures is often minimal. Once the amount of mentors, mentees, funders, ...  you work with grows, you will need to put transparent processes and effective systems in place.

Dimension 13


Create dynamic partnerships. The social challenge of mentoring initiatives is often complex. It requires cooperation and partnerships among multiple stakeholders. How to weave networks to raise capacity and create more positive impact? 






Contact: Valérie Carrette

Dimension 14


Quality of mentoring to work. Discover the 11 dimensions and critical success factors for successful mentoring to work initiatives. 

Dimension 15 


Social impact. There are a million reasons to measure and learn more about the social impact you have, and what you can do to improve. Start now!