Financial support for AFP Central Ohio’s  Mentorship Program is provided by the

Dale Abrams and Elliot T. Fishman Fund of The Columbus Foundation.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Central Ohio Chapter’s Dale Abrams and Eliot T. Fishman Mentorship Program has supported the professional development of local fundraising professionals in central Ohio for several decades. The Mentorship Program is a one-year program that pairs new and emerging fundraising professionals with seasoned fundraising professionals and is open to AFP Central Ohio members at no cost. Mentorship pairings are established based on the professional development interests of each mentee and the professional skill sets of each mentor. Both emerging and seasoned development professionals who participate in the program are exposed to fundraising best practices, the high standards of the AFP Code of Ethics, and both the hard and soft skills needed to be successful as a fundraising professional. 

The Mentorship Program seeks to provide all program participants with a safe, inclusive, and impactful mentorship experience. Program participants will have the ability to strengthen professional relationships and networks, engage in meaningful professional development experiences, participate in AFP programming, and uphold AFP’s commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) and AFP’s Code of Ethics. 

Individuals applying to participate in the program as a mentor or mentee must meet program requirements and expectations, adhere to AFP Central Ohio’s IDEA statement, complete an application, and be an AFP Central Ohio member. While there are no fees directly associated with participation in the Mentorship Program, all program participants are expected to maintain an active AFP Central Ohio membership for the duration of the program. All mentors and mentees who are accepted into the program are required to attend the program kickoff event in January 2023, where mentor-mentee matches will be introduced along with additional program requirements, expectations, guidelines, etc., meet with their match partner at least eight times throughout the year, and attend the program wrap up event in December 2023. Each mentorship pairing will decide on its own meeting schedule, how they will meet (in person or virtually), and agenda of topics, including agreed-upon professional development goals. If necessary, AFP Central Ohio will provide recommendations for social distancing requirements based on local, state, and federal guidelines and AFP Global guidelines. 

Applications for the 2023 Mentorship Program will open Monday, October 31, 2022 and close on Thursday, November 24, 2022. Please use the below links to submit your mentor or mentee application. Information sessions will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, November 8 at 12:00 PM or Monday, November 14 at 4:00 PM. While these sessions are not required to submit your application, they are available to address questions and/or concerns applicants may have. To participate in an information session, please RSVP here

Financial support for AFP Central Ohio’s Mentorship Program is provided by the Dale Abrams and Elliot T. Fishman Fund of The Columbus Foundation.

If you have questions about the Eliot T. Fishman Mentorship Program, please email Christina Patel (she/her) at [email protected].

2022 Mentorship Pairings

Alexandra Greene (She/Her/Hers)

Co-Founder, Inspireducation

Mentee

Erika Gable (She/Her/Hers)

Associate Vice President for Development, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD)

Mentor

Richard Albeit (He/Him/His)

Co-Founder, Inspireducation

Mentee

Emily Campbell (She/Her/Hers)

Director of Development, Columbus Academy

Mentor

Nora Lyons (She/Her/Hers)

Director of Resource Development, Charitable Healthcare Network

Mentee

Dana Mack (She/Her/Hers)

Director of Development, The Ohio State University

Mentor

Jordan Mock (She/Her/Hers)

Development Operations Specialist, Columbus College of Art and Design

Mentee

Betsy Gillespie (She/Her/Hers)

Charitable Giving Director, Friendship Village of Dublin

Mentor

Kimberlee Goodman (She/Her/Hers)

Director of Development, Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington

Mentee

Courtney Ross (She/Her/Hers)

Senior Director of Development for the College of Engineering – The Ohio State University, The Ohio State University

Mentor

Kelli Bates (She/Her/Hers)

Development Coordinator, Columbus Metropolitan Library

Mentee

Boomer Schmidt (He/Him/His)

Senior Director of Development, Wexner Center for the Arts

Mentor

Sondra Kay Downs (She/Her/Hers)

Development Manager, Community Housing Network

Mentee

Shiloh Todorov (She/Her/Hers)

Development Director, Move to PROSPER

Mentor

Claudia Lutz (She/Her/Hers)

Development Assistant, Franklin Park Conservatory

Mentee

Shane Peterson (He/Him/His)

Director of Development, Ohio State Wexner Medical Center

Mentor

Matthew Schott (He/Him/His)

Director of Development and Programming, Harmony Project

Mentee

Laura Baker (She/Her/Hers)

Chief Development Officer, WOSU Public Media/The Ohio State University

Mentor

Patrick “PJ” Gamble (He/Him/His)

Senior Director of Development, South Side Early Learning

Mentee

Christina Patel (She/Her/Hers)

Director of Development, The Ohio State University

Mentor

Jensen Hykes (She/Her/Hers)

Mentee

David Precise (He/Him/His)

Mentor

Mentoring Chair

Christina Patel CFRE (she/her/hers)

Senior Director of Development for the College of Engineering - The Ohio State University - The Ohio State University

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Position Title: Mentorship Chair

Capacity: Board Member

Reports to: Vice President of Professional Development

Key Responsibilities:

  • Organizes and chairs Committee meetings
  • Recruits and enlists committee members; monitors the work of volunteers to ensure timely completion of assignments
  • Provides Chapter members the opportunity to be a mentee for a one-year commitment focused on one-on-one relationship with a more experienced development professional
  • Program will enhance mentee skills and knowledge as development professionals as well as be an enriching experience for the mentors
  • With Volunteer Coordinator, track Committee involvement of all mentees
  • Recruits qualified mentors and eligible mentees to participate in the program
  • Reviews and modifies, as needed, application and evaluation forms
  • Communicates requirements of mentor/mentee relationship including length of pairing, number of meetings and goals/objectives
  • Regularly communicates with and serves as an advisor to mentors and mentees to facilitate successful pairings
  • With Vice President of Membership and Marketing Chair, promotes the mentoring program to Chapter membership
  • Develops and submits a budget to the Treasurer by designated deadline; monitors committee income and expenditures
  • Provides timely and up-to-date content to Chapter Administrator and Marketing Chair for website and digital publications
  • Works to successfully achieve goals outlined in Chapter Strategic Plan
  • Identifies successor to chair position
  • Celebrates success; ensures that celebration includes expressions of gratitude to volunteers
  • Adheres to policies and Board responsibilities as adopted by the Board of Directors
  • Upon leaving office, transfers all records to successor