IoF South West Mentoring Programme 2019

One of the key objectives of the Institute of Fundraising is to support its members through the provision of personal development opportunities. 7 years ago, IoF South West introduced a new scheme which addressed this through an innovative mentoring programme which proved to be so successful that it has subsequently been replicated, equally successfully, elsewhere in the country.

The IoF South West Mentoring Programme is a voluntary scheme which takes place over a twelve month period and is open to all individual members of IoF based in the South West. The scheme provides a wonderful opportunity for anyone involved in fundraising at junior or at middle management level to gain from the knowledge and experience of more experienced professionals who have been involved with fundraising over a longer period of time.

How the programme works 

The mentoring programme focuses on less experienced members of the Institute who have identified a need or a desire for personal development. The scheme aims to meet their needs by encouraging experienced professionals to participate in the scheme as volunteer mentors. 

At the start of each annual mentoring programme, prospective mentees and mentors who have been offered places on the programme attend a matching session at which all mentees have the chance to meet and talk with all the mentors. Feedback from the session enables the programme co-ordinators to identify an appropriate mentor for each mentee. If both the mentee and the mentor are happy with the pairing, they will embark on a mutually agreed development programme, comprising a combination of face-to-face meetings, emails and telephone support of approximately four hours per month for a period of twelve months.

Whilst all of the scheme’s previous mentors have had significant experience and expertise in the sector, many of them came to the scheme with little or no experience of mentoring. However, the programme includes a free training day for all the mentors, delivered by Dr Mark Hughes of MCH Consulting – a highly experienced trainer and well-respected in his field of work.

Download a full copy of the programme prospectus here.

Recruitment to this year’s programme has begun and key dates are as follows:

·         Call for mentors – Friday 25 April

·         Mentoring programme launch -  Wednesday 1 May at IoFSW spring conference

·         Deadline for applications – Friday 28 June

·         Assessment of applications – Tuesday 2 July

·         Informing successful and unsuccessful applicants – by Friday 12 July

·         Mentor and mentee matching day – Wednesday 11 September (tbc)

·         Mentor training day (Mark Hughes) -  Friday 20 September (tbc)

There is a flat fee for mentees of £100 which covers the administration of the scheme, however, if you are from a small charity (with fundraising income less than £100,000), please contact us for information about concessions that could be made available. 

Why take part?

You may be new to fundraising…. you may have embarked on a new, and unfamiliar, area of fundraising - you may be struggling with difficult situations within the workplace that are creating barriers to your personal progress. There are many different reasons why this programme would be appropriate for you.

I was a mentee on the first IoF SW Mentoring Programme in 2010. At that time I was new to the sector. I was a lone fundraiser, thrown in at the deep end and struggling to encourage other staff to engage with fundraising. The Mentoring Programme was, quite simply, a lifeline that gave me the confidence and skills to achieve personal and professional progress…since then I have held a number of senior fundraising roles in the sector and have mentored some incredible people from health care to arts sector, I cannot recommend it enough” Aimee Davies – Mentee 2010-2011 (Mentor 2019)


Apply now to become a mentee or a mentor (or both!) on this year’s programme

If you would like to participate in this year’s programme, please complete an application form by clicking on the relevant link:

Mentor application form.

Mentee application form.

To obtain more information and to apply to for this year's scheme, please contact the programme Administrator, Kim de Beaumont (Swift Fundraising Ltd) by email at or call on 01803 866930.