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Mentorship Fellows Program

Join AFP Austin's Mentorship Fellows Program!  We offer the opportunity to learn through interaction with peers that have significant fundraising experience.  Mentors offer guidance to fellows to help grow our field.  The Mentorship Fellows Program is intended to further the career skills and objectives of beginning development professionals or members new to the area.

  • Learn more about resource development as a career
  • Seek advice on career goals or problem situations
  • Grow professionally
  • Take time out for self-assessment

In order to be matched with a mentor or fellow, please see the below links which will provide you with an overview and guide of the program. Also listed below are forms for both Mentors and Fellows to complete in order to be appropriately matched.

"Access to a colleague with which to share experiences, bounce ideas off of, celebrate successes and cry over failures bolsters the courage of those new to the profession to commit to a long-term career in development.  Access to the wisdom of colleagues who have “been there” helps others find success. And, it may provide a key strategy to breaking the cycle of turnover to which our profession is plagued.  AFP Austin’s Mentorship program seeks to meet this need.” - Lisa Avra, CFRE

At the June luncheon we discussed the important role that mentorship can play on a fundraiser’s career - both the mentor and the fellow.  Please join us in this journey to help create space for these relationships to begin and flourish. 

Enroll today as a mentor or a fellow - don’t wait! 

By participating in the program, you will receive ongoing support regarding topics to discuss and check in’s throughout.

Don’t let this pass you by! 

The application deadline has passed.  Please email with questions.

Fellow Electronic Application

Mentor Electronic Application

Fellow Downloadable Application

Mentor Downloadable Application

Timeline of Events:

June - Mentorship Presentation
August 1, 2016 - Applications due
September - Happy Hour pairing and presentation on how to be a mentor/fellow
November - Happy Hour and discussion
April - Happy Hour and discussion
May - Program evaluation

If you have any questions, please email