Professional Mentor Program

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The AFP Desert Communities Chapter offers you an exciting opportunity to transform your fundraising career through its highly valued Professional Mentorship Program. The AFP Professional Mentor Program provides professionals new to fundraising or interested in professional growth with mentoring opportunities from seasoned fundraising professionals. (5+ years’ experience).

The Professional Mentorship Program formalizes a mentoring relationship in a structured project design that offers one-on-one coaching sessions committed to meeting your personal and career goals. Our Chapter’s program is known for its personalized approach and organized structure, resulting in a mutually beneficial relationship for both mentee and mentor. .  For both Mentors and Mentees, this is an exceptional opportunity to share expertise, network with and learn from colleagues, and ultimately, ensure the strength of the Coachella Valley’s philanthropic community.

Mentors and mentees actively participate in the nine-month project driven program, committing two interactions per month as they work together on a development project and key issues that are important to the mentee's success and the success of the organization they serve. The program will commence in March with a kickoff meeting and end with a program celebration in December.

Why apply to be a Mentee?

•             Receive thoughtful individualized coaching from seasoned development professionals towards the completion of a fundraising project for your organization

•             Expand your fundraising knowledge and skill sets

•             Network with other incredible and supportive fundraising professionals

Why apply to be a Mentor?

•             Give back to our community by nurturing the talents of future fundraising leaders

•             Share your experiences and insights

•             Network with other incredible and supportive fundraising professionals



Each spring we launch a new class of mentees and mentor pairings.  We hope you will participate.

All participants must be current members of AFP Desert Communities Chapter. Click here for qualifications.


To apply, simply download and complete the application and email it along with your project proposal to