Mentorship Program

Mentorship Program Goes Virtual!

The AFP Silicon Valley Chapter offers you an exciting opportunity to transform your fundraising career through its acclaimed Mentorship Program.

In light of the shelter in place, we paused the Mentor program’s kick off in April. We are planning to start the program next month, with a virtual kickoff.

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 two interactions per month as they work together on key issues that are important to the mentee's success and the success of the organization they serve. The program will commence in April with a kickoff luncheon and end with a program celebration in November.

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

MENTEES Applications Are Closed.

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

MENTORS should apply by clicking here: Mentor Application Form

This program is offered at no cost to current members as a membership benefit. If not currently a member, we encourage you to join now to enjoy this program. If you would like to participate as a non-member, there is a $199 fee. Once you are selected and paired with a mentor, payment will be requested.


  1. It's best to review the online application form and have your responses ready before starting to enter data.
  2. The system will allow pasting from other programs into the application's text fields.
  3. 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 this online application will be shared with your mentor.
  4. You will receive a confirmation of your participation and match prior to the start of the program.

Questions? Please contact or (408) 744-0412

This Program is sponsored by Heritage Bank of Commerce

Heritage Bank of Commerce