By Emily Birch on 16 Feb 2015
We launched our fundraising mentoring scheme last year and have since
built several successful mentoring partnerships. Both parties commit to meet at agreed times to discuss ideas, progress, and networking and set goals to for the next meeting.
One of our Fundraising mentors recently shared their experience with us:
When Emily asked me to be a mentor I wasn't sure if I would have much to offer, or even worse that I was about to divulge all my trade secrets! I was matched with Becky, who is just starting out and works in a different sector for a much larger charity. We had a lot to talk about. I started by brainstorming all the characteristics and skills a fundraiser needs to attract funding from different sources and we talked through them, identifying skills that could be developed or practiced so that Becky had a greater chance of achieving her goal - a role in corporate fundraising.
I learnt a lot too, and have extended my network to include a very competent and enthusiastic fundraiser who I wouldn't have met without the TPP mentoring scheme. '
Here are some of the main benefits to mentoring:
As a mentee:
- Developing strengths and overcoming your weaknesses within fundraising
- Support on professional development to help progress your career
- Generate new ideas/approaches to fundraising
As a mentor:
- As a mentor an opportunity to reflect on your own career goals
- Recognised as an expert within fundraising
- Can generate new ideas and approaches to fundraising
You can view further information on our fundraising mentoring programme here. If you are interested in becoming a mentor or mentee and looking to develop your fundraising career please contact our fundraising team on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7198 6040.