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.
In 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).
Professional Advantages to Career Mentoring
- Reinvestment in the success of the next generation of fundraising professionals
- Gain insight on trends and professional innovation emerging from new professionals.
- Know your role: coach, facilitator, advisor, sounding board, learner
- Conduct thoughtful self-assessment to decide where can you grow.
- Gain perspective from seasoned professionals to guide career path and growth plan
- Know your role: learner, doing, teaching
For AFP Chapters
- Can increase membership rolls
- Provides value and new opportunities for existing membership
- Engages seasoned professionals beyond chapter meetings
Helpful Resources to Start a Chapter Mentoring Program
- AFP Leadership Academy 2017 Presentation Slides
- AFP Northwest Ohio Mentoring Program Application
- AFP Northwest Ohio Mentoring Committee Co-Chair Job Description
- AFP Northwest Ohio Mentoring Program Guidelines
- AFP Charlotte Mentoring Orientation and Guidelines
- AFP Chapter Mentoring Certificate Template
- Building Your Board of Advisors