Mentor Program

A great way to strengthen and develop professionals.

The Mentor Program

AFP Golden Gate's popular Mentor Program has provided one-to-one support for hundreds of professionals. Whether you wish to learn more about a specific area of fundraising, are new to, curious about or experienced in the profession, or simply enjoy sharing your expertise with others, you'll find the Mentor Program rewarding. In 2018, we once again welcome the partnership of the Northern California Planned Giving Council (NCPGC) in the program.

Mentors are senior fundraising professionals who volunteer their time. They commit to a minimum of two hours per month to mentor their Fellows, assisting with specific fundraising and career development issues.

Fellows represent a wide range of experience, organization type, and budget size. Some are development directors who work alone in a small office. Others are executive directors who spend a large amount of time fundraising. Fellows may be seasoned or new to the field. What they share is an idea of where they can use support from a Mentor.

Full and Flex Mentor Programs

This program supports one to one Mentor--Fellow/Protege relationships. Invaluable! Applications for the Full Mentor Program are open in January and February and then matches extend through the following January. There is no cost to Mentors. For Fellows, the 2018 fee is $80 for AFP Golden Gate Members and $200 for the General Community. Read below how to register. 

It is also possible to apply for shorter terms after March (the "Flex-Mentor Program"), but the majority of the matches are made soon after the main application/registration deadline of March 1, 2018. To participate in the Flex-Mentor Program, which opens in June 2018 and runs through January 2019. Read below how to register.

Activities in the 2018 Program include:
- One-to-one Mentor/Fellow matches through January 2019.
- Three Mentor Program Online Clinics held from 9:00-10:00AM on March 21, July 20 and November 9.
- Two Mentor Program meetups at the informal Unplugged networking events (March 14 and April 11).
- NEW! Free of charge registration to AFP Golden Gate's Noon Online Series of 1.5 hour classes on relevant topics with expert presenters. There will be 6 Noon Online classes, held from 12:00-1:30PM, earning 1.5 CFRE Credit each. Mentor Program participants will be given a promo code to enter when registering to auto-receive the $0 charge.


Do I have to work for a nonprofit in order to become a FELLOW, or can I be a volunteer, board member or consultant?

We encourage applicants to be employed in a Development position in a nonprofit organization. The Mentor Program is designed to strengthen the career and professional development of fundraisers. Those working outside the profession, but acting as fundraising volunteers, can participate in a number of training opportunities offered through AFP and other organizations. The Mentor Program is intended to serve working development professionals. It is our belief that consultants can serve as valuable MENTORS, but that their seniority rules out participation as a FELLOW/PROTEGE.

Do I have to be an AFP or NCPGC member to participate? What if I am an AFP member, but from another chapter?

No, AFP or NCPGC membership is not required. However, the program fee for FELLOWS is discounted for members. Members of other AFP chapters are welcome to participate at the member rate, but should inquire before applying.

How do I apply/register?
Click here for more information and to access the Fellow application, Mentor registration and the 2018 Mentor Program Guidelines & Sample Agreement.

Contact Jim Armstrong, CFRE
Co-Chair, The Mentor Program