Mentoring Program

PROGRAM GOALS:

In advancing Philanthropy through education, training and advocacy, the Fort Lauderdale/Broward Chapter aspires to the following:

•  Promote collegial relationships between seasoned professionals and mentees;

•  Assist fundraising professionals in developing a network for professional guidance and creative fundraising;

•  Strengthen the skills of mentees through identification and focus on specific areas of practice;

•  Enhance the professional abilities of both the mentor and the mentee through shared effort;

•  Offer an adaptable, responsible and accountable program;

•  Respect confidentiality;

•  Promote fun through shared experience and practice.

 

Benefits

AFP Mentors help up and coming fundraising professionals by:

  • Bringing clarity to a personal or professional issue through focused conversations
  • Challenging individuals to go beyond where they would go themselves
  • Being available as a sounding board
  • Creating a personal or professional career plan and providing support and assistance along the way
  • Sharing their fundraising secrets and tips only learned through experience
  • Offering suggestions to help the individual advance in life by sharing experiences, or a personal or professional contact
  • Advice on career path options and CFRE credentials

Associate/Mentor Match

Mentor/Associate match will be based on:

  • Particular needs of the Associate
  • The area of expertise of the Mentor
  • The type of organizations for which they both work
  • Budget of the organizations for which they both work

 

Program Roles & Responsibilities 

Requirements: Mentor

  • Five or more years of fundraising experience
  • AFP member in good standing
  • Complete program application and submit to Chair
  • Agreement to a six month partnership
  • Attend Orientation Program
  • Ability to make time for Associate meetings
  • Complete an evaluation at the end of the six month period

 Requirements: Associate

  • AFP membership required
  • Complete program application and submit to Chair
  • Agreement to a six month partnership
  • Attend Orientation Program
  • Ability to make time for Mentor meetings
  • Complete an evaluation at the end of the six month period

Procedures

  • The Mentorship Committee recruits and matches Associates and Mentors
  • It is the responsibility of the Mentor to contact the Associate
  • The Mentor is asked to apprise the Committee when the initial contact is made
  • At the end of a six month period the match will be discontinued however, both parties can agree to renew for an additional six months or meet informally following the program term
  • If the match is not successful, either person may request it be discontinued by sending the Chair of the Mentorship Committee a letter and evaluation form

Guidelines

  • Meet within the first month to develop a relationship and plan
  • Arrange a minimum of one contact per month during the six month period
  • Arrange to meet and sit together at one AFP program
  • Complete a written evaluation and return to Chair
  • Mentors should encourage Associates to attend AFP programs, particularly the Fundamentals of Fundraising program
  • Mentors are not responsible for assisting Associates in a job search
  • Mentors are not responsible for reviewing written fundraising materials

 

Are you interested in becoming a mentor or associate?  Please contact :

 

Diane Smith, Mentorship Program Chair

dsmith@impactbroward.org

954-484-7117 ext. 118

 

 

The Fort Lauderdale/Broward Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals provides suggested guidelines for the establishment of mentoring relationships. Individuals who enter into a Mentor/Associate relationship do so at their own discretion and are responsible for tailoring the relationship to meet the needs and expectations of both parties.

Mentors/Associates may sever an ineffective relationship in a manner that is acceptable to both parties and both parties shall hold the Fort Lauderdale/Broward Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals blameless for unsatisfactory results and/or damages that may result to either party.