By Billie Graham on 30 Mar 2017
Mentoring someone involves more than just the transfer of advice and information. Those willing to invest their time in developing another fundraising professional get substantial benefits from the partnership. Here’s why…
1. It gives you an opportunity to review your own practices
An opportunity that gives you insight into the ideas and approaches of other organisations in the sector is always going to be helpful. Talking things through with your mentee gives you exposure to fresh perspectives and is a great opportunity to review your own goals and methods.
2. It helps build your professional network
The fundraiser you are mentoring today could be a really valuable contact in the future, and someone who will always be favourably disposed towards you! Mentoring also enhances your own reputation with your peers, as it provides recognition that you have expertise within your subject with opinions and advice worth sharing.
3. It provides great personal satisfaction
Most people who work in the third sector are highly motivated by personal satisfaction; that feeling of ‘giving something back’. Supporting the professional development of others can provide great personal satisfaction, as well as providing a welcome break from the day-to-day routine.
4. It builds interpersonal and management skills
Many of the skills you use in mentoring an individual are the same as you’ll need to manage and motivate a successful fundraising team. Active listening, problem solving, the ability to set goals and encourage others to achieve them are all key skills you need to be able to demonstrate as you move up the career ladder.
TPP’s Fundraising & Development team run a highly successful scheme matching fundraising mentors and mentees.Find out more about the TPP Fundraising Mentoring scheme here.
A note from our CEO, Jayne Morris, on her recent mentoring venture:
“Are you thinking about mentoring but not sure what you can bring to the table?? Having recently attended the WOW London event at Royal Festival Hall this was a question I asked myself preparing to dive into the unknown and mentor four individuals from totally unidentified backgrounds. It is natural to question yourself and what value can be derived however I fully support this initiative and encourage anyone thinking about mentoring to give it a go. It was enlightening to experience once again the power of the mentor-mentee relationship. Mentoring gives you the opportunity to share knowledge you have gained through experience, my personal experience may come significantly from recruitment however during the event I met individuals who faced challenges we all face whilst building our careers. In the charity sector we talk a lot about “giving back” what better way to influence the future of fundraising than to help shape the future of the next generation of fundraisers!”