The London Region Mentoring Scheme 2014 - 2016

Are you looking to develop your career through one-to-one guidance and support from a senior fundraising professional? Or are you a senior fundraising professional looking to share your experience and skills with the sector?   

The mentoring scheme has now been expanded thanks to generous support from the City Bridge Trust and we are recruiting mentors and mentees for June and September 2016 (see dates below).

What is the London Mentoring Scheme?

The IoF’s London region mentoring scheme is a unique opportunity for mentees to access fundraising expertise tailored to their individual development needs, and for mentors to develop their management and leadership qualities. Here are 10 good reasons to be a mentor, written by a current mentor on the scheme.

The commitment

Mentors are required to attend a full day of mentor training and a full day of matching. Mentees are required to attend a full day of matching. Dates for these can be found under the dates and deadlines header.

The mentor/mentee relationship lasts 12 months, with mentor/mentee pairings to meet regularly in London - usually around two hours per month. The dates and times of the mentor/mentee meetings are to be agreed between each mentor/mentee pairing.


Mentors: You must be a member of the IoF to apply as a mentor

Mentees: Priority will be given to mentee applicants working for a small organisation 


Dates and deadlines for 2016:

September intake Application deadline, 17:00 on 26 August 2016 

  • 9th September 2016 – full day of matching (mentors and mentees)
  • 23rd September 2016 – full day of training (mentors only)


Mentors and mentees are required to ensure their availability for the matching day (full day). Mentors are additionally required to be available for mentor training (full day). Applicants will not be able to take part in the scheme if they are unable to fulfill this requirement.


  • Mentors - no fee
  • Mentees from small charities (annual turnover of £2mil or less) - no fee
  • Mentees from large charities (annual turnover of more than £2mil) - £250 fee


Priority will be given to small charities. You will not be required to pay a fee until we have contacted you with confirmation that you have been selected for the scheme.


  • Mentors MUST be members of the IoF to take part in the scheme.
  • Mentees SHOULD be members of the IoF.


It is acceptable for applicants to have one of the following membership types:

  • Individual membership
  • Organisational membership
  • Corporate membership


The first year of IoF Individual membership is being offered to successful mentors and mentees applicants at the reduced rate of £80 (usually £123).

Further information

Before completing an application form, it is advised that potential applicants read the materials in the below links.


How to apply

Please contact us, letting us know if you would like to apply to the scheme as a mentee or a mentor.

Do not hesitate to contact the London Mentoring team at  if you have any further questions.

Please be aware that due to the high levels of applications, we are unable to contact unsuccessful applicants.

We still need any help you may be able to give in identifying mentors - Please email the London Mentoring team at if you are interested.

Supported by the City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust 

City Bridge Trust