IoF South West Mentoring Programme 2021

One of the key objectives of the Institute of Fundraising is to support its members through the provision of personal development opportunities. 10 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 - regardless of the stage at which you are in in your career - 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 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, some come to the scheme with little or no experience of mentoring. However, the programme includes the opportunity for a free training day for new mentors, delivered by Dr Mark Hughes of MCH Consulting – a highly experienced trainer and well-respected in his field of work. (Please note that there are limited places for Mark’s course and are allocated on a first come first served basis – however, due to the number of return mentors we receive we do now envisage that we will be able to accommodate most new mentors)

Mentors will also be given the opportunity to attend one IOF SW conference throughout the year for only £10 (which covers the costs of refreshments) as a thank you for giving up your time to help others develop.

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. We do ask that your invoice is paid before you commence on the programme.

Everyone who is accepted on to the scheme will be matched with a mentor/mentee.

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.

More information will be available about the scheme soon but if you have signed up to our e-news we will be emailing everyone about as soon as we have confirmed dates.