Mentoring Program


Calling all fundraising professionals!


Fall 2020 Mentor Partnership Program announced!


We are happy to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Fall class of the AFP-HR Mentor Partnership Program.


Any AFP-HR member can apply for the five-month mentor program, which pairs fundraisers seeking advice with seasoned professionals.  Discussions are completely confidential, providing a safe place for fundraisers to explore their challenges and opportunities.


The 2020 Fall session will run for five months – September through January. We hope during that time our mentees and mentors will meet regularly (at least monthly) to develop a strong relationship and 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 September 15, 2020
  • Be open to frank discussions and constructive advice
  • Be committed to maintaining professionalism in the field of fundraising
  • Be willing to make a five-month commitment to this program


One of the many perks of being an AFP member is the AFP Mentor Program. The AFP Mentor Program connects fundraisers seeking advice with seasoned professionals. 


Here is what our past mentees have said about their experience with the AFP Mentor Program:


“The opportunity to establish a relationship with a professional with far more experience is a great opportunity, particularly with the “safe space” approach that allows for addressing concerns and questions full and honestly without fear of being incorrect or speaking out of turn.”


“It was nice to be able to connect with someone at a senior level of the profession about the specifics of my current position and in what ways I might increase the positive professional impact that I can have at my organization.”


“The Mentor Program is a valuable part of the AFP membership and something positive would be garnered by anyone who was connected to a mentor.”


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 are eager to provide you with the guidance and support you are looking for.


If you have any questions, please contact:


Virginia Thumm at 0r (757)377-2822





Click Here to download the application and submit to by September 15, 2020 for the Spring Session