Mentorship Program

2023 Mentorship Program

Applications for the 2023 mentorship program are now open. The deadline to apply to be a mentor or mentee is Friday, March 31, 2023.

The AFP Silicon Valley Chapter offers you an exciting opportunity to transform your fundraising career through its acclaimed Mentorship Program. The Mentorship Program formalizes a mentoring relationship in a structured program 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.

Mentors and mentees are requested to actively participate in the six-month program, committing to at least two meaningful interactions (in person, virtually or by email) per month as they work together on key issues identified at the beginning of the program that are important to the mentee's success and the success of the organization they serve. The program will commence in April with a Kick-Off event and end with a program celebration in October.


Why apply to be a Mentee?

  • Receive thoughtful individualized coaching from seasoned development professionals
  • Expand your fundraising knowledge and skill sets
  • Network with other incredible and supportive fundraising professionals

“We've talked about the work that I'm doing, some of the challenges, and brainstormed different strategies... It's helpful to have another professional to bounce things off of, especially someone that knows my organization and the community I'm approaching for funding” - 2018 Mentee

“I’m grateful that my mentor volunteered her time and made herself available. I enjoyed our conversations and appreciated having someone I could reach out to with questions” - 2018 Mentee

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

“The mentorship is going well!... She called me to ask advice on a situation with a donor – I was flattered. She took my advice on two strategies I suggested for major gifts – and they paid off. I’m also learning from her: she has an excited and fresh approach to donors which is helping me as I plan ahead.” - 2018 Mentor



  1. Complete the online application by answering all the questions.

  2. Please note, matching will be completed to the best of the Chapter’s ability based on mentee’s areas of development and mentor’s expertise. The information in the mentee application will be shared with your mentor.

  3. You will receive a confirmation of your participation and match prior to the start of the program in early April.

Questions? Please contact or (408) 744-0412

Please Access the Applications Here:

2023 Mentorship Program - Mentor Application

2023 Mentorship Program - Mentee Application

Our mentorship program is proudly supported by our generous sponsor