Mentor-Mentee Program


Mentoring Program

The AFP DC Mentoring Program offers Chapter members with the opportunity for a one-on-one relationship that enhances the knowledge and skills of new and experienced fundraisers alike.

Mentors offer guidance, support and a listening ear to new fundraisers starting out in their career, while mentees provide experienced professionals with an opportunity to reflect and develop new relationships. Successful relationships are challenging and mutually beneficial, with both parties developing an enhanced self-awareness, satisfaction, and new skills.

Mentoring enables you to achieve:

Maintain or Build a Professional Network Excel in all that you do Noteworthy accomplishments To Care and show Compassion for your cause Organize and Plan your career Redesign, rededicate, reeducate oneself

How Does it Work?

The AFP Mentoring Program is designed to take place over a period of one year, with the details of the interaction determined by the mentor and mentee. Mentees are matched with seasoned professionals based on areas of interest and expertise. A mentorship typically involves monthly contacts with opportunities for in-person meetings at AFP DC chapter events throughout the year. While there is no charge for this membership benefit, at the conclusion of the mentorship, both parties are asked to complete and submit an evaluation of the Mentoring Program.

What are the Mentor/Mentee Application Requirements?

Participation as a mentee in this program is available to members of the AFP DC chapter who have worked as a full-time paid development professional at a nonprofit organization for a minimum of one year. Participation as a mentor is available to members of the AFP DC chapter with demonstrated expertise in one or more areas of fundraising. CFRE certification is preferred. A person serving as a mentor may apply the time towards the service learning/volunteering portion of the CFRE application/recertification.

Due to overwhelming interest, we currently have a wait list for the mentor program and therefore will not be taking further mentee applications until Spring 2020. If you would like to be added to our wait list, please contact Heather O’Malley at Thank you!

Apply to be a Mentee or Mentor