Marjorie S. Fisher Fellows Mentorship Program

The AFP Greater Detroit Chapter’s Marjorie S. Fisher Fellows Mentorship Program is a unique opportunity to grow your expertise in the development field and network with experienced professionals. Fellows and mentees attend monthly discussions on a variety of topics, from events management, to major gift fundraising, to grant writing and more! Get inspired by passionate experts, and connect with those who share in this important work with you in Metro Detroit.

Fisher Fellows Mentors will receive the following benefits over a one-year period:

  • Membership in the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Detroit Chapter
  • Complementary registration for most chapter-sponsored events
  • Networking with fellow entry-level fundraising professionals, as well as experienced professionals in the field

A limited number of Fisher Fellows Mentorships are available. For consideration, applicants must be:

  • Currently employed in a fundraising capacity at a local non-profit organization located in Metro Detroit
  • Small organizations with limited development support will be given special consideration
  • Priority will be given to development professionals with less than three years of fundraising experience

The in-person Marjorie S. Fisher Fellows Mentorship kick-off will be held April 17 at Advantage Health (100 Talon Centre Bldg., Ste. 450, Detroit, MI 48207).

Mentee Application

Mentor Application

Application deadline is February 23, 2024. 

Please contact Lauren Christilaw at or Jasmine Valentine at with any questions.

Here's what past participants say about the program:

"The opportunity to glean tips and tactics from a seasoned fundraiser was priceless."

"I was matched extremely well with my mentor and I think this was the most beneficial part of the program."

"I want to help make the next generation of fundraisers better."

"I am always grateful to be engaged with fundraising professionals at different points in their careers. It energizes me, and helps me to be a better leader and fund raiser."

Congratulations, 2023 Marjorie S. Fisher Fellows!
Estee Alias, Brilliant Detroit
Amenia Army, Alternatives for Girls
Jessica Brasington, Angels' Place
Markuis Cartwright, L!fe Leaders Inc.
David Cipriano, Hospitality House Food Pantry
Allison Collins, Wayne State University
Audrey Cox, Life Remodeled
Michael Errickson, Wayne State University
Molly Fox, Brilliant Detroit
Natalie Giainnos, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
Jacob Harrington, Orchards Children's Services
Kerri Hill-Johnson, The Henry Ford
Kevin Lauro, Boy Scouts of America
Kelsey Martin, Leader Dogs for the Blind
Erin O'Mara, Mercy Education Project
Lauren Parrott, Autism Alliance of Michigan
Erica Rakowicz, Autism Alliance of Michigan
Amanda Resanovich, Wayne State University
Lola Rushin, Cass Community Social Services
Danielle Shields
Antonette Slobodian, A Kid Again
Brittany Thomas, Wayne State University
Jasmine Valentine, Detroit Justine Center
Rebecca Weil-Hoskins, Leader Dogs for the Blind
Angela Willis, Detroit Institute of Arts

Thank You, 2023 Marjorie S. Fisher Fellows Mentors!
Mary Barden, Wayne State University
Stephanie Maurice Beason, Psi Chi
Ida Benson, American Friends of Bar Ilan University
Kristin Benton, Volunteers of America Michigan
Marc Berke, Autism Alliance of Michigan
Patricia Brosnahan, Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan
Paula Brown, Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic
MiVida Burrus, Avalon Healing Center
Leslie Carmona, Wayne State University
Bobie Clement, Marts&Lundy
Jennifer Dale, Angela Hospice
Robynn Farkas, Art of Generosity, LLC
Shenise Foote, Horizons-Upward Bound, Cranbrook Schools
Dennis Howie, Rose Hill Center
Kimberly Kleinhans, American Indian Health & Family Services
Liz Klos, Detroit Institute of Arts
Erin Lin, Orchards Children’s Services
Peter Poulos, Retired Nonprofit Professional
Nina Sapp, Detroit Institute of Arts
Eileen Savage, Cranbrook Educational Community
Meredith Smalstig, American Thoracic Society
Katja Thomakos, Cranbrook Institute of Science
Avni Thomas, Presbyterian Villages of Michigan Foundation
Tracy Utech, Wayne State University
Melissa Weisse, Leader Dogs for the Blind
Jamie Westrick, Michigan Humane