Mentorship Program

Overview

AFP South Sound (AFPSS) offers its interested members the opportunity to learn and grow through a chapter-based mentorship program.

The mentoring program matches knowledgeable, well-rounded mentors with individuals who are relatively new to development or are interested in learning more about a particular area in fundraising. One-on-one matches provide opportunities for focused discussions, problem solving and sharing the trials and tribulations of working in this dynamic (yet sometimes challenging) industry.

These relationships are meant to be career specific and not used or construed in any way as a consulting relationship. Mentors are encouraged to recommend appropriate resources (i.e., courses, workshops, educational opportunities, vendors and/or consultants). The mentoring program is not a job placement service.

Watch this video to hear from a mentor and mentee about their experience in the AFP South Sound Mentorship Program:



Application to the Program


The 2020 Application cycle is now closed.

  • Mentor Application: Next available in May 2021.
  • Mentee Application: Next available in June 2021.
If you are not already on the AFP mailing list, sign up to for additional future information about the mentorship program.


Meet the 2020 Mentor-Mentee Cohort

In addition to several pairs formed in earlier years who are continuing to meet informally, we are pleased to announce this year's mentor-mentee pairs.

- James Greenfield and Diane Lyons
- Jennie Griek and Ramone Gagner
- Pam Leazer and Mary Davidson
- Marion Sharp and Jennifer Dotson
- Cindy Niemi and Mary Brickle
- Sally Glover and Kaisa Lightfoot
- Sue Loiland and Anne Eugenio
- Kari Young and Emily Mendez-Bryant (peer mentors)

Follow this link to read bios for this year's mentors



Participation Requirements 

Mentee requirements for participation:
  • Active membership in AFPSS.
  • A minimum of one year of development experience (volunteer fundraising counts).
  • An interest in learning from an experienced fundraising professional.
  • A commitment to working with your Mentor for one year.
  • Minimum of four face-to-face meetings, in addition to phone calls and emails.
  • Joint attendance in one or more AFPSS or other fundraising continuing education course (in-person, webinars, conferences, etc.).
  • Joint attendance at a local service club, chamber or networking event.

Mentor requirements for participation:
  • Active membership in AFPSS.
  • A minimum of five years of experience in various areas of fundraising.
  • Adherence to the AFP Ethical Principals and Standards.
  • A desire to share development knowledge and build mentoring skills.
  • A commitment to working with your Mentee for one year.
  • Minimum of four face-to-face meetings, in addition to phone calls and emails.
  • Joint attendance in one or more AFPSS or other fundraising continuing education course.
  • Joint attendance at a local service club, chamber or networking event.

Our matching process

  1. Mentor/Mentee pairs will be assigned by the membership committee based on the Mentees’ needs and Mentors’ experience. We will make every effort to pair Mentees with one of their choices submitted in the application.
  2. Mentors and Mentees must be current AFPSS members, and Mentees must be in an active development role
  3. Workplace locations are taken into consideration when matches are assigned so that every effort can be made for the pairs to meet face-to-face.
  4. In mid-June the membership committee will do their best to match mentors and mentees based on the needs
 of the mentee and the experience of the mentor within the number of applicants received. Mentor matches will be revealed at the AFP South Sound All Member Virtual Gathering on July 14, 2020.
  5. The pairs will be monitored by the committee, with check-ins at least quarterly, and modifications will be made as needed. An end of year, a survey will be conducted to assess success/effectiveness of the program.

Questions

For questions about the AFPSS mentorship program, please contact Sue Loiland at 253-381-4868 or loiland@plu.edu.