Building Your Board of Advisors: Effective Career Mentoring

We talk about how mentoring is the key to a successful fundraising career, but we don’t actually teach how to do it. That changes today.

Two Businesswomen Working On Computer In OfficeIn leading the 2017 AFP Leadership Academy session Building Your Board of Advisors: Effective Career Mentoring, Kenneth C. Frisch and Benjamin Mohler explore effective ways professionals can engage in mentoring as part of their personal fundraising toolkit and how chapters can engage members in a formal mentoring program.

Career Mentoring Challenges

  • Mentoring is undervalued and underutilized as a method for professional development.
  • Mentoring is seen as something for the mentees, not also for the mentors.
  • If you’re the average of your five closes friends, shouldn’t our professional networks mirror this?
  • For the sake and future of the profession, reinvestment is critical and should be intentionally used by leaders (both up and downstream).

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Burning Bridges, a Two-way Road

burning bridges

Opting to burn bridges does not give license to name, blame, and shame. We've all heard the adage "don't burn your bridges." As you leave positions for new opportunities in your career, don't fear the specter of burning bridges. Sometimes they're a … [Continue reading]

Fundraisers Toast: Raise Your Glass

In 2008, at an event honoring a colleague, I was asked to say a few words to mark the occasion. On a whim I raised my glass and offered up what I referred to as the "Fundraisers Toast." The goal of the Fundraisers Toast is simple... be deliberate … [Continue reading]

5 Ways Fundraising is Like Baseball

Fundrasiging is like Baseball

Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too. - Yogi Berra As I entered my current role at Eastern Kentucky University, I knew it was important to lay the groundwork for the new team. To do this, we took a trip to … [Continue reading]

Titles for Fundraisers Revisited

Not long ago I bookmarked a blog posting by David Lawson asking the question, "philanthropy, when did it become about fundraising?" In his post on Working Philanthropy, Lawson correlates the role of fundraising and a healthy nonprofit organization to … [Continue reading]