Make a difference, mentor a colleague

Advancement Northwest Mentorship: Community, Collaboration, and Engagement.

Are you looking for someone with whom you can brainstorm new ideas? Do you want to be a part of a thriving nonprofit community?  Do you want to share your skills with newer development officers?  Then you should be a part of Advancement Northwest’s Mentoring Program!

Our Mentoring Program’s mission is to create and cultivate a thriving nonprofit community and foster new leaders through rich and meaningful relationships.

Wonder what a mentor pairing looks like? Meet Kate and Jerry, Christine and Samantha, and Colleen and Shannon.

Or hear from member Mary Bristow about why she decided to become a mentor.

Program Highlights:

  • Creates a mutually beneficial mentor program for both mentors and mentee
  • Builds a stronger fundraising community in the Northwest
  • Fosters AFP ethics and incorporates AFP programs and services
  • Provides tips, guidance, and structure for mentor relationships to thrive

Advancement Northwest mentors guide protégés (mentees) by:

  • Providing one-on-one guidance via in-person, telephone, or e-mail meetings monthly
  • Being a good listener and sharing positive reactions and constructive criticism
  • Providing resources and guidance for training and development opportunities
  • Encouraging mentee’s participation within the professional community
  • Creating a relationship that can be both personally and professionally rewarding

Mentor Qualifications

  • At least five years of experience as a fundraiser
  • Embraces and upholds the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards
  • Has the time, ability, and availability to support a mentee effectively

To become a Mentor, please complete the online survey. 

Mentor Survey

Mentees benefit from Advancement Northwest mentors though:

  • Meeting one-on-one with a mentor via in-person, telephone, or e-mail contact monthly
  • Identifying goals and communicating them as clearly as possible to mentor
  • Gaining new perspectives, suggestions, and development opportunities from a mentor
  • Participating in AFP mentor-mentee networking and educational events
  • Broadening your professional networks within the field
  • Making a lifelong friend!

Mentee Qualifications

  • A current member of Advancement Northwest
  • All levels of experience are welcome
  • Embraces and upholds the AFP Code of Ethical Principals and Standards
  • Has the time, ability and availability to commit to a year-long mentorship

Time Commitment

Mentees commit to a 12-month relationship with their mentors and will meet monthly with in person or via telephone or e-mail. Please don’t request a mentor unless you are sure you can fully participate. There is a waiting list for mentor pairings and the expectation is that you are ready to take advantage of the benefit right away.

To become a Mentee, please complete the online survey.

Mentee Survey

If you have questions or need more information about this program, please email Alison Driver.