Mentor and mentee Al Hove and Jennifer Wolbrecht didn’t know each other before being paired through the AFP South Sound members-only mentorship program, but through the program, they not only found out they graduated from the same small Midwestern college (!), but also found new insights into themselves and their professional relationship.
They recently shared what the mentorship program has meant for them.
From the Mentor Perspective
"I believe this is an important program for AFP South Sound and its membership as we grow and support the pipeline of development professionals in our industry. The mentorship program is a tangible way to make a positive difference by sharing knowledge, building relationships and strengthening the culture of philanthropy in our community and in the workplace. Like our work with donors, it's about building meaningful relationships. In my case, I loved working with my mentee, becoming better acquainted, providing fundraising 'tips' and sharing experiences. What I saw was a talented person who wanted to serve her community, become the best development professional she could be, and to be an effective leader in her organization. Not only did she accomplish this, I too benefited, in both practical and intangible ways in our work. It's certainly a two-way street, one that runs between mentor and mentee.
– Al Hove, Principal at Phoenix Risen Consulting
From the Mentee Perspective
The mentorship program has been an extremely valuable experience and I'm grateful for it! I’m not new to the fundraising field, but I am new to higher education fundraising. My mentor has loads of experience working in Higher Ed and his advice and feedback on how to traverse internal and external relationships in this realm is priceless. Plus, I now have someone I can call on and count on to talk through any career questions or challenges!
– Jennifer Wolbrecht, Pierce College
To learn more about the AFP South Sound mentorship program, including how you can participate as a mentor and/or mentee, visit the mentorship program page on the AFPSS website.