AFP Mentoring Pilot Program 2022

The AFP Central PA Chapter realizes the importance of developing and maintaining strong fundraising relationships for the continued success of the nonprofit sector. We are excited to offer a pilot mentoring program that engages fundraising professionals as mentees, by providing a transfer of knowledge and professional development through a structured relationship with a seasoned and experienced fundraising mentor.

Participation as a mentee is available to anyone who is currently working in the development profession. The program is free for current AFP Central PA Chapter members and $100 for nonmembers.

Please see below about the four mentors who have committed to the program and will each mentor one mentee during this first program of 2022.

With this program, mentees and mentors are asked to agree to participate in all of the following scheduled activities: Virtual Kick-off on Wednesday, April 13 at 4:00pm (45 Min.); In-person AFP Central PA Chapter Event on Wednesday, May 18 from 4:00 to 5:30pm in York; In-person AFP Central PA Chapter Mini-Conference on Wednesday, June 1 from 8:00am to 1:00pm in Mechanicsburg; and Virtual Wrap-up in mid-June on a date agreed upon by all mentors/mentees (45 Min.). The May and June Chapter events will be free or at a discounted registration fee for mentees.

In addition to these events, mentees are expected to develop a regular communication schedule and goal-setting plan with their mentor, be proactive and identify areas of focus to work on with their mentor to achieve personal growth in the profession, prepare questions and work for review in advance of meetings to make the most of the time the mentor is sharing with them, be respectful of all meeting dates and times scheduled, and help the AFP Central PA Chapter by completing a thoughtful evaluation at the end of the program.

Mentees must complete this online application by Friday, March 31, 2022. The AFP Central PA Program Committee will vet the applications and make recommendations for the pairings. Mentees will be notified about their mentor the week of April 4, 2022.

Barbara Gallen of Inspired Action Coaching & Consulting has been a Chief Development officer as well as a coach & consultant. She's built development offices from the ground up and facilitated successful capital campaigns. She provides hands-on help with fundraising for her clients, as well as 360 reviews of their organization’s systems and practices. She brings a focus on leadership development & team building to her fundraising engagements. She believes that this approach and coach training with the Martha Beck Institute are unique skill sets that she brings to the process, and has found these to be the foundation for creating sustainable funding in a thriving organization.
Renny Magill, CFRE is a seasoned fundraising general practitioner with experience in environmental and long-term care sectors. His career started working for a local land trust, and then he worked for a state-wide environmental advocacy organization. In 2007 he transitioned to long-term care and has worked for two local single-site retirement communities. He has extensive experience with annual giving and events, and is currently in the midst of his second capital campaign. He has established legacy giving societies and promoted and secured planned gifts. He serves as a member of executive management at Brethren Village, and has responsibility for both the Development and Volunteer Services departments. He is past chair of Susquehanna Valley Charitable Gift Planners, has served on the board of the Senior Care Development Network, and is currently Vice-chair of the board of the newly established Manheim Township Fire and Rescue Foundation. He holds a MFA in painting, and is a working artist, and he and his wife Ingrid have two young adult children.
Eliz Nestorov is a Director of Development with MidPenn Legal Services bringing over twenty years of leadership experience and expertise in developing organizational strategies, board engagement, program effectiveness, and fundraising campaigns. In 2016, Eliz became a Certified Grant Writer with the American Grant Writers Association (AGWA), and currently chairs the Special Interest Group for the Economic & Community Development and International Programs operated by U.S. In addition, Eliz co-founded two entities, the US-Bulgarian Chamber in America, a nonprofit business membership organization that promotes, enhances, and develops American-Bulgarian economic relations, and AKAEVA Consulting, a social enterprise providing strategies for effective communication to individuals and businesses. She has been active in several local nonprofit organizations and association, serving as Treasurer with the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, Board member with U.S. Global Leadership Coalition for Pennsylvania, the International Society of Female Professionals, American Business Women’s Association, International Association of Women, Global Advisor for Sofia, Bulgaria and Central Pennsylvania and the Bulgarian Cultural Center of Central PA.
Bosler Memorial Library’s Development Officer since 2013, Molly Shane, CFRE earned her B.A. from St. Olaf College and her M.A. in Arts Administration from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. Over the course of her career, she has worked for a variety of mission-driven organizations in central Pennsylvania, Indianapolis, and Washington, D.C. Since much of her work has been in small shops, she has been responsible for everything from database management to capital campaigns, but her strengths and interests lie mostly with individual giving, donor stewardship, annual campaigns, and grant writing. She earned her Certified Fund Raising Executive credential in 2006 and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Susquehanna Valley Council of Charitable Gift Planners, the AAUW Carlisle Branch, and the West Shore Symphony Orchestra where she serves as principal cellist.