One of the benefits of membership in the AFP Greater Cleveland Chapter is our mentoring program.  Members have the opportunity to sign up for a mentor for a one year relationship.  The next mentoring session begins in March 2022. Mentors and mentees determine how often they would like to meet (a minimum of four meetings during the relationship is required) and topics for discussion.  The program has been a huge success with both mentors and mentees pleased with their new relationships.

The program is not intended to replace current educational opportunities or to serve as a substitute for professional consulting services.  However, it is an opportunity to develop a relationship with a more experienced professional in our chapter, learn from that person, ask questions, and get some guidance on your projects and career.

Applications are due by January 31. Mentees and Mentors will be informed of their status by March 1.  POSTPONED

Goals and Objectives for the Program:

  1. One-year commitment (March 2023 –March 2024)
  2. Strengthen the skills of any one who is new to the fundraising profession or to their specific position
  3. Provide a member benefits by supporting professional career development
  4. Help mentees learn the ropes faster to avoid setbacks/mistakes that come with inexperience
  5. Build a foundation of professional practice and ethical standards
  6. Build confidence and knowledge
  7. Foster collaboration between seasoned professionals and emerging leaders

Mentee Eligibility:

  1. Members who have five or less years of experience in fundraising
  2. Members who are changing their focus area of fundraising or are working in a new area
  3. Members who want to move ahead in their careers and would like some help in strategizing and planning
  4. Members who want to become a CFRE/ACFRE

Requirements for Mentee:

  1. AFP member with a minimum of one year paid development experience
  2. Meet with assigned mentor as mutually agreed upon
  3. Commitment to participate for one year
  4. Be mindful of mentor’s time and commitment (the mentoring relationship is not a substitute for a paid consultant)
  5. Complete and submit an evaluation form upon completion of mentoring program
  6. Mentee Application Form

Requirements for Mentor:

  1. AFP member with minimum of five years of development experience; CFRE’s are encouraged to apply
  2. Commitment to participate for one year
  3. Meet with assigned mentee as mutually agreed upon
  4. Assess mentee’s ability and help steer him/her in right direction
  5. Complete and submit an evaluation form upon completion of mentoring program
  6. Mentor Application Form

For further information, please contact Jessica Kanelos, Chair, Mentoring Committee at