FIA National Mentoring Program

Program Timeline

The FIA National Mentoring Program is a 9-month program that starts in September each year. All meetings between mentees and mentors are decided and scheduled by each pair to better suit participant schedules. During the program FIA will also schedule a few webinars and workshops for both mentees and mentors to help guide participants through the program. Below is a list of some key program dates for the 2022-2023 program.

Key Dates

16 May 2022Applications open
1 July 2022Applications close
September
2022
Program starts
2 September 2022Mentor/Mentee Match Email Introduction, applicants are notified of their matches
7 September 2022Mentor/Mentee Guide Email
12 September 2022Welcome Session for FIA National Mentoring Program Mentors/Mentees (Online Zoom)
29 September 2022How to get the most out of a mentoring program – Mentees/Mentors (Online Zoom)
30 November 2022Fundraising-Focused Mentoring – Mentee Workshop/Q&A (Online Zoom)
1 December
2022
Fundraising-Focused Mentoring – Mentor Workshop/Q&A (Online Zoom)
Early February 2023Check-in with mentors and mentees
17 March 2023Personal Effectiveness & Wellbeing – for Mentors & Mentees (Online Zoom)
22 May 2023Program Close (Online Zoom)

Any Questions?

If you have any questions about the FIA National Mentoring Program, please contact the team at training@fia.org.au or 1300 889 670. 


About

The opportunity to participate in FIA’s National Mentoring Program is a major benefit offered to all FIA members. It is an aspirational program that seeks to provide an avenue for professional fundraisers to gain advice, offer support and improve their understanding of the not-for-profit sector. The mentoring program is for mentors and mentees, so whether you want to contribute to the sector, or you want to grow your knowledge and skills, the FIA National Mentoring Program can help you.

During the nine-month program, we ask that mentors and mentees meet for a minimum of four 90-minute sessions which can be either face-to-face or online. Each partnership is unique and can be customised to suit the busy schedules and communication styles of each pairing. FIA will provide a toolkit with resources to help establish the partnership and also tips along the way to support both the mentor and mentee as they work on their professional goals together. The terms and conditions for participating in the program can be found here.

Expand your network

Connect with someone outside your usual working network and gain access to new ways of thinking and working.  Both mentees and mentors benefit from exchanging ideas and exploring different approaches to problems and the changing fundraising environment.

Professional Development

Tailor the program to help with professional goals specific to you and the current stage of your fundraising career. From event planning to transitioning to management, the FIA National Mentoring Program offers the opportunity to grow  within the sector.

Give back to the Sector

Gain personal satisfaction and give back to a sector full of passionate individuals. Mentoring can be an enriching experience that contributes to the future of the fundraising profession.


Mentees

Why become a mentee?

  • Acquire a sympathetic ear to hear your triumphs as well as your frustrations
  • Develop your skills as a “planner” – obtaining a sharper focus on what’s needed for professional development
  • Develop your skills as a “learner” – discovering new ways to acquire new skills
  • Develop your skills as a “communicator” – improve your ability to express goals, concerns and expectations
  • Drive your own development and gain honest feedback
  • Learn what it’s like to be in different roles or higher-level positions.


Who is eligible?

The mentoring program is FREE and only open to current FIA professional members and staff of organisational members. Members participating in the mentoring program must also be FIA Code compliant. If you have not already done so, you must complete the  FIA Code Course by 31 August 2022.

Note: Places are limited for mentee applications for organisation members. Please click here to see more information.

Applications

The application form will take about 10 minutes to fill in, please have your CV ready to upload before you start. Applications close on 1 July 2022


Mentors

Why become a mentor?

  • Gain personal satisfaction in helping someone grow professionally
  • Share your insights, stories, experiences and life lessons with your mentee
  • Develop your skills as a “teacher – assisting someone clarify their career goals
  • Hone your skills as a “guide” – helping someone navigate the industry as a whole
  • Refine your skills as an “advisor” – supporting someone to find their strengths and weaknesses
  • Have the opportunity to learn from your mentee.


Who is eligible?

The mentoring program is FREE and only open to current FIA professional members and staff of organisational members. Members participating in the mentoring program must also be FIA Code compliant. If you have not already done so, you must complete the  FIA Code Course.

Note: Places are limited for mentee applications for organisation members and there is no limit for mentor applications. Please click here to see more information.

Applications

The application form will take about 10 minutes to fill in, please have your CV ready to upload before you start.


Full participation in the FIA National Mentoring Program is applicable for up to 6 continuing education points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.