Mentor Program

Connect and develop your career through mentorship.

AFP Minnesota members who are emerging fundraisers are matched with seasoned professionals for a mutually beneficial exchange of advice, information and inspiration.

• Set your own agenda, together with your mentor or mentee. Coaching for specific skills, problem solving or information sharing — it’s up to you.

• Get your questions answered or concerns addressed.

• Volunteer to pay it forward by mentoring another member.

• The Mentor/Mentee program is an annual program which runs October through June each year. 

No matter how knowledgeable I may think I am on a given subject, there is always something to be learned. As a mentor, I have an opportunity to continually evaluate methods and reinforce my knowledge base because I am sharing ideas and explaining techniques to someone else. Being a mentor also gives me a sense of fulfillment … it’s such a wonderful feeling to help another person succeed.

— Susan Wineland, CFRE
Mentor, AFP MN member

I have felt very supported by my mentor around some key decisions as I grow my small organization’s development department. Just having someone external from my organization who understands the unique pressures of fundraising at a small agency has been invaluable. I am so grateful for this mentorship program and highly recommend it to others.

— Maryrose Dolezal
Mentee, AFP MN member

I felt intimidated to participate in the mentorship program, but several months in, I have nothing but good things to say. I’ve explored career possibilities within philanthropy through introduction to other fundraisers, discovered different types of analysis and approaches, and learned to advocate for myself in the workplace. The relationship I’ve built with my mentor has been informal and relaxed – I’ve gained confidence and connections, not to mention a friend.

— Clara Bergan
Mentee, AFP MN member

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