Fundraisers, participating as both mentors and mentees, will benefit from this local year-long program. Here at AFP Greater Madison, we want to facilitate meaningful connections between seasoned professionals and new-to-the field professionals from the Madison non-profit sector.
AFP Greater Madison will determine your suitability for the Mentorship Program based on the information you provide below. Mentees and Mentors are expected to commit a minimum of 1 hour per month. The program begins in May 2023 and runs for 1 year. We recommend that both partners advise their employer if they intend to participate in this program.
Applications are due by Friday, March 31, 2023. Please email a copy of your current resume to Mike Sweitzer-Beckman at after submitting your application and contact Mike Sweitzer-Beckman with any questions.
Mentor and mentee candidates should complete the application form providing background information about themselves and indicating the practice areas in which they are able to offer guidance and/or in which they are seeking advice. Applications will be reviewed by the mentorship committee, candidates will be approved, and then matches made.
Mentor and mentee matches will be made based on a careful review of the applications, professional experiences, mutual interests and compatibility in knowledge areas. Some candidates may not be approved or matched in an application cycle and they will be notified of the status or ineligibility of their application.
If a suitable match cannot be made, then the committee will help the applicant re-examine their preferences and needs in pursuit of the best match relationship.
Processed applications will be kept on file for one year and must be updated annually thereafter.
A professional with a minimum of 5 years work experience in fundraising. Ideal candidates will possess comprehensive knowledge of fundraising principles, best practices and will have well-rounded career experience. Additionally, they will demonstrate a willingness to contribute to the profession and the professional development of fellow practitioners.
Able to promote a positive and educational relationship with mentee
Helps strengthen the mentees skills through mentor/mentee joint identification and focus on specific areas of practice
Committed to a minimum of 1 hour contact per month with mentee either face to face, phone and/or email over a one year period.
The mentor is to provide the mentee with advice and information. The advice will be limited to career advice and/or specific fund-raising advice to be used to enhance the fundraising program of the charitable organization with which the partner is associated. The relationship is meant to be career specific and is not to be used or construed in any way as a consulting relationship.
A new or intermediate level professional with less than 5 years experience in fundraising
Able to promote a positive relationship with mentor
Seeking to strengthen their skills through mentee/mentor joint identification and focus on specific areas of practice
Committed to a minimum of 1 hour contact per month with mentor either face to face, phone and/or email over a one year period.
The mentee must be able to articulate the areas of focus to work on with the mentor to achieve personal growth in the profession. The advice will be limited to career advice and/or specific fund-raising advice to be used to enhance the fundraising program of the charitable organization with which the partner is associated. The relationship is meant to be career specific and is not to be used or construed in any way as a consulting relationship.