Mentor Partnership Program


*NEW and IMPROVED* 2021/2022 Mentor Partnership Program announced!


We are happy to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2021/2022 AFP Mentorship class. 

Any AFP-HR member can apply for the nine-month mentor program, which pairs seasoned fundraising professionals with applicants who want coaching, guidance, or just someone with which to share ideas.  Discussions are completely confidential and provide a safe place for fundraisers to explore their challenges and opportunities. 

The 2021/2022 session will run for nine months – September through May. 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
  • Submit an application by September 3, 2021
  • Be open to frank discussions and constructive advice
  • Be committed to maintaining professionalism in the field of fundraising
  • Be willing to make a nine-month commitment to this program 

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 our co-chairs: 

Virginia Thumm at

Amy Walton at




Click Here to download the application and submit to by September 3, 2021 for the 2021/2022 Session.