AFPWM positively impacts our philanthropic community by connecting and educating people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising.

AFPWM positively impacts our philanthropic community by connecting and educating people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising.

Become a Mentor or a Mentee!

AFPWM Chapter Mentorship Program

West Michigan is home to a community of fundraisers and Development Officers that have seen tremendous growth in the nonprofit sector. To strengthen our profession and continue to build relationships in our field, AFPWM has launched our NEW Members-Only Mentorship Program.

Program Purpose

This program is designed to pair new development professionals (Mentee) with one of the chapter’s seasoned development professionals (Mentor) in a one-year relationship to train and advance the career skills of the Mentee and provide an opportunity for Mentors to share their experience and knowledge with those newer to the profession.

Objectives

To strengthen the Chapter and the fundraising profession, and thereby the non-profit sector, through:

  • furthering the skill base and proficiency of professional fundraisers in the West Michigan Chapter of AFP
  • re-engaging senior-level fundraising professionals
  • increasing interaction between different experience bases in the Chapter
  • building strength within the Chapter through education and development of future leaders

Criteria

There is no charge to participate in the Mentorship Program. Both participants must be current members of the AFP West Michigan Chapter, work in the nonprofit sector as development professionals and be in good standing in our community. All communications within the Mentee/Mentor relationship should be respectful and confidential.

Mentees and Mentors must complete an application to participate in the program. Applications must be submitted by December 31, 2016 to ensure the Mentorship Committee has time to review and pair Mentees with Mentors. Returning Mentors need only complete the application one time.

Mentors will be eligible to receive Service Learning points toward CFRE recertification.

Participant Requirements and Responsibilities

Mentees:

  • Submit Mentee application online under Mentee Application on the left of this page.
  • Must be employed for at least one year in the nonprofit fundraising field or relevant experience before being admitted to the program.
  • Commit to participate in the program for one full year.
  • Be available by phone, email and face to face. Return calls and communication promptly with mentor.
  • Commit to communicating goals and areas of focus to the mentor.
  • Meet with the assigned Mentor regularly as mutually agreed upon (minimum of six times per year).
  • Adhere to the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice when working with a Mentor. 
  • Be respectful of the Mentor’s time and scope of service.
  • Complete any assignments as agreed with the Mentor.
  • Attend the Kick-Off Orientation.
  • Complete a six-month and closing progam evaluation. 

Mentors:

Mentors need a minimum of five years of full-time experience in the development field and limit their participation to only one mentee at a time. CFRE Certification preferred.

  • Submit Mentor application online under Mentor Application on the left of this page.
  • Commit to participate in the program for one full year.
  • Be available by phone, email and face to face. Return calls and communication promptly with Mentee.
  • Attend one AFP event with your Mentee, introducing them to other AFP members.
  • Commit to assist the mentee in accomplishing agreed upon goals.
  • Provide advice, instruction, feedback and encouragement using the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice 
  • Willingness to share information and colleague network with Mentee.
  • Meet with the assigned Mentee regularly as mutually agreed upon (minimum of six times per year).
  • Attend the Kick-Off Orientation.
  • Complete a six-month and closing program evaluation.

Relationship

The relationship is meant to be career specific and is not to be used or construed in any way as a consulting relationship. Mentors are encouraged to recommend appropriate resources i.e. courses, workshops, educational opportunities, vendors or consultants.

It is recommended the Mentor and Mentee advise their employers that they intend to participate in the Program. Mentors and Mentees will recognize that some information they share about their organizations is confidential in nature.

The Mentorship Chair and Committee will assign pairings, taking into consideration the goals and objectives of the Mentee and the professional expertise of the Mentor. The effectiveness of mentoring is linked to the amount of time that a Mentor and Mentee work together. The proximity of Mentor and Mentee will be considered when matching so that every effort can be made to meet face-to-face.

Timeline

December: Applications Due.
January: New Mentorship Orientation Kick off.
March- May: Meet regularly, attend AFP workshops, events and meetings as schedule permits.
June: Complete six-month evaluation.
July- October: Meet regularly, attend AFP workshops, events and meetings as schedule permits.
September: Applications due for following year Mentorship Class. Mentorship Committee to review.
November: Wrap up meetings and complete program evaluation.

Termination of Relationship

The Mentorship Chair will check in at three months to ensure both parties are meeting and that the match is a good fit. If at any time during the Mentor/Mentee relationship it is determined by one or both parties that the match should be terminated for any reason, neither party will be found at fault and both may reenter the Mentor/Mentee pool to be matched with another party. Either party is expected to submit a letter of resignation to the Mentorship Chair if they are no longer able to continue with the program.

Applications are available under Mentee or Mentor above. Application deadline is December 31, 2016.

Questions can be directed to the Mentorship Committee Chair, Suzie Blake at blakesuzie@gmail.com or 616-930-5686