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Our Mentoring Program

Learn from the Best... Sign Up for Our Mentoring Program

AFP St. Louis offers a mentoring program open to local AFP members – a wonderful benefit of membership. The Mentoring Committee recruits mentors and mentees on a continuing basis, matches them, and monitors their progress. The purpose of the mentoring program is to match experienced development professionals with those seeking guidance to promote career growth, enhance their development experience or identify a resource for general advice.

All AFP members are encouraged to submit applications to become mentors or mentees.

 

Participant Requirements

Mentees

  • AFP Member with fewer than five years of development experience (or for those with 5+ years of experience and looking for a mentor to help them grow in a specific area).
  • Commitment to participate in the program for at least one year.
  • Meet with your assigned mentor regularly as mutually agreed.  
  • Willingness to complete a program evaluation periodically. 

More suggestions about being a Mentee within a mentorship relationship can be found here.

To apply to be involved in a mentorship relationship, fill out an application today!

Mentors

  • AFP Member with a minimum of five years of development experience.
  • Commitment to participate in the program for at least one year.
  • Initiate the first contact with assigned mentee.
  • Meet with assigned mentee regularly as mutually agreed.
  • Willingness to complete a program evaluation periodically.
  • Suggested time commitment: one hour per month as jointly determined by mentor and mentee.

More suggestions about being a Mentor within a mentorship relationship can be found here.

To apply to be involved in a mentorship relationship, fill out an application today!

Roles of the mentor relationship

Successful mentoring is an evolving and dynamic process.  Participants must respect and trust each other's time commitment, expertise, and individuality.  It is anticipated that you may focus on topics such as:

  • Integrated nature of development programs
  • Board development and relationships
  • Major gifts
  • Annual giving
  • Capital campaigns
  • Planned giving
  • Event Planning
  • Volunteer Management
  • Grant Writing
  • Creating an environment for philanthropy
  • Development program evaluation
  • Career development
  • AFP Code of Ethical Practices and Standards of Professional Practice


While this advice is specific to the field of development, the conversations within your mentorship relationship may include other topics, such work life balance, changing career paths or engaging with AFP St. Louis chapter.

The Mentoring Committee will review all applications and match mentors and mentees according to common interests and skills.