Mentor-Mentee Program

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Mentoring Program

"Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward," Vernon Sanders Law.

AFP offers a number of educational opportunities, especially for the experienced fundraising practitioner. These opportunities address both the practical skills and theoretical understanding required of advanced-level fundraisers. For more information, visit the CFRE International website. There is also the CFRE Study Group.

The Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential demonstrates an individual’s mastery of the standards set for core knowledge and skills required of fundraising executives after five years of experience. This practice-based designation requires demonstration of having met these standards through both an application and a written examination. It also provides you with a recognizable demonstration of your personal and professional achievement and commitment.

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


The AFP DC chapter offers a mentoring program to provide chapter members with the opportunity for one-on-one assistance that will enhance their knowledge and skills as development professionals.

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. A mentorship typically involves monthly contacts. 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.

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 various 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.


Apply to be a Mentee or Mentor