Mentoring Program for Members


That someone with so much experience, the state leader of a national nonprofit who has a million other things on his plate, would take the time to show me the fundamentals of fund development, blew me away.  Since connecting, he has tutored me on topics such as making the pitch to program officers, improving donor stewardship, coordinating grant teams, and engaging our board.  His wisdom has been invaluable and encouragement inspirational… I could sing the praises of AFP all day long.

-Ellen Wilkinson, MA, Director of Administration, St. Anthony School Milwaukee, 2017 Fall Mentee


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The chapter’s mentorship program offers new and intermediate professionals the opportunity to learn from seasoned professionals in a one-to-one matched relationship lasting nine-months. This free service is available only to members. Contact us to get more information about the Mentoring Program or to join.

Mentor candidates should be accomplished professionals with a substantial career history in fundraising and comprehensive knowledge of fundraising principles and best practices. Additionally, they will demonstrate a willingness to contribute to the profession and the professional development of fellow practitioners, and be a current member in good standing of AFP Southeastern Wisconsin.

Mentors will help mentees identify goals for the interaction and then strengthen their command of specific areas of practice.  Mentors will commit to a minimum of a 1-hour contact per month with mentee either face to face, or via phone or email over a nine-month period.

The mentor is to provide the mentee with advice and information. The advice will be limited to career advice and/or specific fund-raising advice to be used to enhance the fundraising program of the charitable organization with which the partner is associated. The relationship is meant to be career-specific and is not to be used or construed in any way as a consulting relationship. We recommend that both partners advise their employer if they intend to participate in this program.

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  • A new or intermediate level professional with less than 10 years experience in fundraising
  • A member in good standing of AFP Southeastern Wisconsin
  • Able to promote a collegial relationship with the mentor
  • Seeking to strengthen their skills through mentee/mentor joint identification and focus on specific areas of practice
  • Committed to a minimum of 1-hour contact per month with mentor either face to face, phone or email over a nine-month period.
  • Committed to initiating and scheduling meetings with the mentor.

The mentee must be able to articulate the areas of focus to work on with the mentor to achieve personal growth in the profession.  Goals should be specific and measurable and based on actual fund development practice.

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September 30, 2021: Applications due

October 7, 2021: Kick-off gathering with mentors and mentees

October 2021 - June 2022: monthly mentoring sessions

TBD June 2021: Recognition Even at Education Session

Complete the application (click to download) and submit via email to by 4:00 pm September 30.

Mentor and mentee candidates should complete the application form indicating the practice areas in which they are able to offer guidance and in which they are seeking advice.

Applications will be reviewed by the mentoring committee, candidates will be approved and then matches made.
Mentor and mentee matches are made based on a careful review of the applications, professional experiences, mutual interests and compatibility in knowledge areas. Some candidates may not be approved or matched in an application cycle and they will be notified of the status or ineligibility of their application.

If a suitable match cannot be made, then the committee will help the applicant re-examine their preferences and needs in pursuit of the best match relationship.

A maximum of ten mentors and ten mentees will be selected and matched for each session.  Mentors and mentees will be notified of their approval and match by the Mentorship Program Committee and will be invited to attend an orientation event to meet and start the relationship. Participants will be oriented to the expectations of the mentoring program and complete pre-program surveys.  They will discuss the preferred pace and contact methods, goals and set the tenor for the relationship.

The chapter mentoring committee will follow up with matches at three, six, and nine months to conduct assessment surveys and ensure that the relationship is successful. At any time during the match period, either the mentor or mentee can contact the mentoring committee to discuss incompatibility issues or other problems. The committee will seek to resolve the issues with appropriate intervention including ending the match, making reassignments, and dismissal from the program. In the rare case in which it appears either mentor or mentee needs to be removed from the program, the decision will be made at the discretion of the mentoring committee in consultation with the chapter President and VPs of Membership and Education.

Participants must notify the mentoring committee immediately of circumstances causing nonperformance issues or the need to end the mentorship commitment.

At the end of the nine-month period, the mentor and mentee will complete post-match surveys to accurately report progress, successes, and areas of improvement for the program and successful matches going forward. The mentorship relationship will formally end at this time. The mentoring committee will review these results and will make program modifications as needed.