AFP Las Vegas Chapter Mentor Program

WHAT IS MENTORING?

Mentoring may range from answering questions related to fundraising and how to get started in fundraising, to reviewing work portfolios, to counsel on donor / board relationships, to helping a mentee find work. In such a relationship, the beginning fundraiser gains knowledge and expertise, but must also seek more training and work on his or her own.

 A mentor is an individual, usually older, always more experienced, who helps and guides another individual's development.  S/he may:

  • Serve as a role model
  • Provide  support, encouragement, and positive perspectives on their non profit focus.
  • Serve as a resource person and confidant when personal, job, and educational problems occur
  • Recommend ways for the  mentee to develop specific job skills, effective behavior, and how to function in their respective work environment(s)
  • Act as a source of information regarding careers and career development techniques in general; assists the mentee in planning a success/educational/career path
  • Give feedback on observed behavior and reported performance
  • Establish and maintains ongoing contact with mentee at agreed upon intervals to discuss their progress and elicit feedback as needed to ensure success
  • Seek information and assistance to resolve questions or problems
  • Maintain a journal of mentor activities to record mentor experiences and periodically shares this information with the AFP mentor contact / coordinator
  • Agree to a no-fault conclusion of the mentoring relationship when (for any reason) the time is right
INITIAL PROCESS
  • Sylvia Wolf is the Las Vegas AFP Chapter Mentorship Chair.  She will help connect mentees with an appropriate mentor.  Contact her at Sylviawolf@positivelykids.org
  • Sylvia serves as a broker. She cooperates in the matchmaking based on probable successful match of professional and personal relationship dynamics.
  • Both mentor and mentee must agree on the assignment; in other words – obligations and promises on both parts are to be fulfilled. 
  • Once contacts are established and there is synergy Sylvia will withdraw and leave the rest to the two principals, inviting each to contact her and let her know how the relationship is progressing.  In the absence of such contact, she will initiate a call to determine what's working, what isn't, and whether a new mentor/mentee assignment is advisable.
  • Additional or ongoing training needs must be met in some other way.