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Mentorship Program

AFP First Coast Chapter Mentoring Program

Mentoring - The greatest thing we give each other is encouragement!

The AFP First Coast Chapter is excited to provide its members with the opportunity for one-to-one mentoring as a part of developing the best professional fundraisers.  The Mentoring Program is designed to help new or less experienced development staff increase their skills in major gifts, planned giving, donor relations, annual campaigns, and much more!  The Mentoring Program, a member’s only benefit, is one of the best tools we know of to strengthen and develop the fundraising profession.

The Mentoring Program follows a cohort model, accepting new participants at the beginning of the year and continuing through that year. No new participants will be accepted after February 12, 2018 but are encouraged to apply in the 2019 cohort year. Past participants from the 2016-2017 cohort may choose to continue with their mentoring partner, apply for a new partner, or end participation in the program.

Mentors are senior fundraising professionals who volunteer their time. They commit to approximately two hours per month to foster the developmental growth of their Mentees, assisting with specific fundraising and career issues.

Mentees represent a wide range of experience, organization type and operational budget size. Mentees could include development directors, grant writers, event coordinators, prospect researchers, and others. 

Goals

  1. To strengthen the skills of the Mentee and support professional and career development.
  2. To enhance the Mentor’s professional abilities through efforts in guiding, sharing and coaching.
  3. To foster collegial relationships between seasoned development professionals and novice development professionals.
  4. To provide mid-level professionals with the opportunity to expand their skill set to new areas of development and leadership

Roles and Responsibilities – Mentors

  • Have a minimum of five years fundraising/development experience
  • Make the program a priority for the year you have agreed to participate
  • Build a relationship with your Mentee and establish agreed upon goals
  • Commit to two hours per month for one year (on average/estimate - it could be more or less depending on need)
  • Correspond regularly with Mentee via in-person, phone, video conference or email
  • Complete Mentoring Program evaluation at the end of the program’s year

Roles and Responsibilities – Mentees

  • Currently working for a nonprofit in a development or fundraising capacity
  • Make the program a priority for the year you have agreed to participate
  • Soon after learning who your Mentor is, contact he/she to introduce yourself and establish agreed upon goals
  • Commit to two hours per month for one year (on average/estimate - it could be more or less depending on need)
  • Correspond regularly with Mentee via in-person, phone, video conference or email
  • Complete Mentoring Program evaluation at the end of the program’s year

Important Dates

  • February 12, 2018 – Online application due
  • February 21, 2018 – Mentors and Mentee matches are announced
  • February – December 2018 – The Mentoring Program Cohort 2 is officially underway
  • December 2018 – Holiday Social
  • December 31, 2018 – Mentoring Program Evaluations are due

To participate, please fill out the online application by clicking here or copy and paste the link: https://unf.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2hsFQ5ccxNgDvhz&Q_JFE=0

Questions? E-mail afpmentoring@yahoo.com.