- Charting your path – An ALDE Mentor will help you understand and appreciate the resource development profession and help you become a qualified, contributing professional able to advance the understanding and practice of Christian stewardship.
- Inspiration – ALDE’s Mentors are personally committed to the advancement of philanthropy and the development profession and want to help train and retain you – the newcomer to the profession. Many of you will provide inspiration and knowledge to your Mentors with your eagerness for learning, your technological savvy, and your commitment to your ministry and your donors.
- Mutually rewarding partnerships – Because the best learning takes place when it is reciprocal process - not a one-way street – both parties can expect to grow professionally.
As a newcomer to the resource development profession, you will work and learn from the expertise and guidance of an experienced professional. You can count on career enhancement as you learn from a leader about:
Your Chapter Mentoring Coordinator will match you with a mentor, an active member of ALDE who is professionally certified or has a minimum of five years professional experience. ALDE mentors will provide you with valuable insights, knowledge and advice leading to a greater understanding of the resource development profession (fund raising, communications and planning).
Find out more about these relationships in the Mentoring Minute.
Together, you will surface those issues that are of importance to your professional needs and interests:
- Christian stewardship, philanthropy and development
- History and trends in philanthropy and development
- Donor motivations
- ALDE’s Code of Ethical Principals and Practices
- ALDE's Donor Bill of Rights
- Work ethic and skills necessary to do the job
- Principles of resource development (planning, communications and fund raising) including information about annual giving, major giving, deferred giving, planning, and the role of communications and marketing
- Specific skills in management of the development office, volunteers and recognition programs
- Myths about the development profession
- Career opportunities for resource development professionals
- Understanding the role of ALDE and the importance of professional organizations
- Importance of career development through continuing education and certification
- Keeping a balance in life
To participate in the Mentoring Program as either a mentor or mentee, you must be a member of ALDE.
To enroll in the program, complete the application and return it to the ALDE office. Your chapter’s mentoring coordinator will be informaed of your request & will contact you.
How much time? The time involvement can be somewhat flexible; however, the most desirable arrangement should be a minimum of one to two hours per month in any configuration; e.g., lunch meetings, formal phone discussions, or correspondence.
The mentoring relationship will normally be in effect for one year, but may be extended by mutual agreement. If ended, the Chapter’s Mentoring Coordinator should be notified of the change in the mentoring relationship. If there is not a Mentoring Coordinator in the chapter, the mentor or mentee is to contact the ALDE international office.
Why be a mentor? Think you don't have what it takes? You do! Read about all the benefits of being a mentor on the ALDE blog.