The number of mentoring schemes available to fundraisers is growing, a most encouraging development.
Here are those that I am aware of, but there are bound to be more. Feel free to add and link to others in the comments below.
Arts Fundraiser Mentoring Programme 2012/13
This one year programme from Arts & Business "offers mid-career arts professionals working in fundraising the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, and best practice advice from senior executive in the field". Mentors in the past have included those working at The National Portrait Gallery, The Sixteen, Chichester Festival Theatre, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and Kettle's Yard Gallery & House.
Institute of Fundraising London region mentoring scheme 2012/13
This will match up to 28 people. Those taking part will attend an initial introductory half day (all), one day of training (mentors only), one day of matching (mentors and mentees), and will take part in an end of scheme evaluation process. The scheme is supported by Harris Hill.
The mentoring programme has been designed to offer junior and middle management fundraisers access to the experience and knowledge of senior fundraisers and individuals to help them over a twelve month period on a range of work related issues.
In addition many of the above groups and others, both formal and informal, share advice and information online via various networks such as Yahoo! Groups and LinkedIn. This isn't formal mentoring of course, but these fora provide a useful source of advice and encouragement. UK Fundraising's forum has served fundraisers since 1996, and its LinkedIn group for fundraisers is busy with conversations amongst its 2,945 members.
I'm sure I've missed other key mentoring networks. Feel free to add them below in the comments. If there is a deadline for applications in 2012, do include that.