2019 AFP Mentoring Program for Both New and Advanced Professionals!
Most of us didn’t grow up dreaming of being fundraisers. Or study fundraising in college. When you ask a fundraising professional how they got into the field, more often than not, you’ll hear some variation of, “Well…I just fell into it!”
So, it makes sense that most fundraising professionals learn on the job. With this in mind, 23 years ago, the Greater Arizona Chapter developed the Mentoring Program for professionals new to the field. Now adopted as a model by AFP International, this year-long program helps gives fundraising professionals the foundation they need for a successful career. This program is a good fit for professionals that are newer to the field (1-5 years) – whether a young professional or making a mid-career change!
Over the course of a year, Mentoring Program participants will:
- Take workshops in various fundraising topics (including Annual & Monthly Giving, The Case for Support, Capital Campaigns, Career Development, Donor Stewardship, Making the Ask, Major Gifts, Membership Programs, Prospect Research, Special Events, Volunteer Management and more!)
- Be matched with an experienced and certified (CFRE) professional mentorGrow their network in the fundraising community
- Plan and tackle a fundraising-related project for their organization
- Develop a solid foundation for a successful career in the fundraising field!
The Mentoring Program also offers an Advanced Program Track for more seasoned development professionals. This is the ideal program for those looking to make a change to a new specialty, or just want to learn more about one particular aspect of development. This track is a good fit for professionals with 5+ years of fundraising experience.
This customized track will allow participants to:
- Enhance and broaden knowledge and skills
- Be paired with a certified (CFRE or ACFRE) professional mentor to help them through customized skill building
- Grow their specialist professional network
- Participate in relevant class workshops, as recommended by their mentor
- Start the path towards pursuing their CFRE and publish an article