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

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

For several decades, the Central Ohio AFP Chapter has been leading a vibrant and impactful mentorship program. The Mentorship Program aims to strengthen our sector by educating emerging development professionals and nonprofit leaders in best practices in fundraising and applying the high standards of the AFP Code of Ethics. This program is a one year peer-to-peer program that pairs fundraising professionals who have less than five years of experience with seasoned fundraising practitioners who have five or more years of experience.

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Interested mentors and mentees must meet program requirements and expectations in order to be eligible to participate in the program. There is no charge for all accepted program participants. We ask all of our Mentorship Program mentors and mentees to make every effort to attend the kickoff event, where mentor/mentee pairs will be introduced to one another, along with other programming. Throughout the year, mentor/mentee pairings are encouraged to meet at least eight times.

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Pairings are made based on skill set and areas of expertise. Each pair decides its own meeting schedule and agenda of topics to cover throughout the year. Should we continue to experience a need for social distancing midst COVID-19, Central Ohio AFP strongly encourages meetings to be held virtually, unless both parties feel comfortable meeting in person and following the recommendations of the local, state, and federal guidelines.

Applications for the 2022 Mentorship Program is now closed.

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