Mentorship Program Launches in February 2020
Tell us a little about yourselves and your roles with AFP.
Anna: My name is Anna January and I've been the Individual Giving Manager at PBS Wisconsin since May 2019. I serve as the AFP Greater Madison Young Professionals (YP) Committee Co-Chair and have just started my third and final year in that role.
Pete: And I’m Pete Schwieger, Co-Chair of the AFP YP Committee from 2017-2019 and I also work at PBS Wisconsin as the Individual Giving Manager. I'm serving as the co-chair of the ad-hoc Mentorship Committee in 2020 and plan to join the Professional Development Committee in 2021.
What inspired you to start a mentorship program for the AFP Greater Madison Chapter?
Anna: At our YP event in October 2018 - a panel discussion focused on salary and compensation - the conversation naturally made its way to mentorship opportunities. When one of the panelists asked the audience of about 25 YP's who would be interested in a mentorship program, nearly everyone raised their hands. After talking with other members of the YP Community and hearing that they were interested as well, we recognized the opportunity that we had been missing.
Pete: Armed with this expressed interest among the AFP YP community, the continued growth of the YP Committee, and a strong commitment from the larger chapter, we were spurred to act right away. We soon learned that launching a program of this level would require a bit more time, and postponed the launch of AFP Greater Madison's Mentorship Program to February 2020 to give us the time to do it right.
Who is the mentorship program for?
Pete: Fundraisers, participating as both mentors and mentees, will benefit from the program. We want to facilitate meaningful connections between seasoned professionals and current leaders in the Madison non-profit sector with young professionals— the next generation of leaders, and those who are new to fundraising as a career. However we believe that this program goes beyond the fundraising community and is more than a professional development opportunity, it helps us a fundraisers further each of our organization’s mission. This mentorship program is ultimately for all people served by non-profits in the greater Madison community.
Anna: Fundraising is a high-pressure profession and if we don’t do our job well, people could lose valuable, essential services they depend on. And of course, our colleagues dedicated to non-profits and mission driven organizations need funds to grow their programs and have a job! We want to provide an opportunity for YP’s to learn from the experience of the mentors.
What do you hope AFP members will get out of the mentorship program?
Pete: I hope YP’s and mentors alike will build lasting connections with each other. Having someone you can ask stupid questions, talk to, and bounce ideas off of is so valuable – for both mentor AND mentee!
When can we expect this program to launch?
Anna: We plan to open applications in February 2020!
How can someone find out more information if they’re interested?
Pete: If you’re interested in serving as a mentee or mentor, or if you’re interested in joining the mentorship ad-hoc committee, reach out to me or Anna for more information!
Anna: And if you think you might want to get involved with the Young Professionals or Professional Development Committee, give us a shout as well!
Pete’s contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org; 763-234-8974
Anna’s contact information: email@example.com; 608-338-9150