2019 Mentoring Program


Benefits of Mentoring

Everyone, regardless of years of experience in the field, can benefit from the sage advice of a mentor at some point, or several points, in their careers.
The AFP Hampton Roads Mentor Partnership Program is designed to support and nurture fundraising professionals in the Hampton Roads area by pairing advanced development professionals with those members who are new to the field of fundraising, contemplating a career change, or seeking expert guidance in order to provide one-on-one assistance that will enhance your knowledge and skills as development professionals.

These mentor partnerships will:
• Offer the opportunity to work one-on-one with seasoned professionals in the field
• Create a positive relationship with a colleague who will serve as a one-on-one mentor and professional counselor
• Provide a trusting, open and honest environment that respects confidentiality
• Foster a culture of congeniality and good will within the Hampton Roads fundraising community

Review of our 2018 mentorship program evaluations revealed that both mentees and mentors greatly valued their shared experience. What surprised us was that not only did mentees greatly appreciate the sharing of knowledge and advice, but also found that the professional support of their mentors helped to provide clarity, confidence and focus.

The 2018 program was such a success that we have extended our mentorship application period to January 2, 2019 to give everyone contemplating the mentorship an opportunity to participate. 

All fundraisers, regardless of years of experience in the field, can benefit from the sage advice and the professional support of a mentor at some point, or several points, in their careers.  Discussions are completely confidential, providing a safe place for fundraisers to explore their challenges and opportunities.

The 2019 Winter-Spring session will run for six months – January through June. We encourage our mentees and mentors to meet regularly to develop a strong relationship to meaningfully explore pressing topics.

Here are the guidelines -

To participate in the Mentor Partnership Program, you must:

  • Be a member in good standing of AFP Hampton Roads
  • Be currently employed as a fundraiser with a non-profit in the Hampton Roads area
  • Submit an application by January 2, 2019
  • Be open to frank discussions and constructive advice
  • Be committed to maintaining professionalism in the field of fundraising
  • Be willing to make a six-month commitment to this program

Interested? We’re here to help you! Our mentors have a wealth of experience in a broad spectrum of fundraising areas, and all of them will be back to provide you with the guidance and support you are looking for.

If you have any questions, please contact our co-chairs.

Anna Goldenberg at anna@trueimpactcoaching.com or call her at 757-375-6974. 

Virginia Thumm at vthumm@gmail.com.


Click Here to download the application and submit to info@afp-hr.org by January 2, 2019 for the Winter Session