Mentor Program

Guiding Nonprofit CEOs with Vision to Grow Resources and Revenue

Mentor Program for Individuals

Karen’s mentor program is a six-month experience for individuals who want to improve their work-life balance and be more productive. Your fee provides the mentee with access to Karen by email, telephone, fax, and snail-mail. Mentees may decide to call daily, weekly, or monthly. Or, as mutually convenient, Karen meets one-on-one as well. Mentees choose the method and frequency. Karen responds to telephone within 24 hours and email within 48 hours or less.

Karen’s mentor program allowed me to access her expertise and create custom tools to solve my biggest challenges. She helped me slow down and focus to achieve more. The outcome? Among other accomplishments, with Karen’s help, I increased my key result by 87 percent over the previous year.

Michelle Cyr
AARP Florida

How Does Karen’s Mentoring Program Work?

At the beginning of this six-month program, you and Karen will reach a joint decision about whether this program will help you. If we agree, then you will be asked to provide appropriate background information that Karen will examine. You might, for example, provide your current fundraising plan, draft materials of annual appeals, strategy outlines, or other materials. Together, with this in hand, we set specific goals for our time. This program is to help you meet your professional and personal goals. It’s so powerful many folks sign up more than one-time.

What Are Some Examples of Projects People Tackled?

Examples of mentoring results include helping individuals with the following goals:

  • Streamlining a $100,000 sponsorship program that was taking more and more time every year
  • Engaging a board in growing donated income
  • Obtaining fifteen items on a wish list and adding five more mid-way
  • Developing multiple income streams to fund a fledgling nonprofit, now celebrating its tenth anniversary
  • Mastering the transition from sitting in a staff chair to the CEO seat

Karen’s mentoring has been extremely valuable. Our conversations always led to practical, applicable recommendations thanks to her gift of immediately generating great ideas. Working with Karen boosted my confidence and helped me think outside the box when approaching new problems or issues. Most importantly, our organization’s revenues increased by 84 percent over the same time last year.

Barbara Richards
President/CEO
Project 180

How Does the Mentor Program Support My Goals?

Besides providing accountability, which is priceless, Karen guides you to find new options to streamline your operations, increase your revenue, and improve your life balance, such as:

  • Identifying open or promising revenue niches
  • Assessing your competitors and connecting with new partners
  • Positioning yourself to take advantage of opportunities
  • Growing your brand and your nonprofit’s capacity
  • Engaging your board in fundraising
  • Confidential listening to challenges (board, staff, donor) you can’t share in-house
  • Generating practical solutions when you’re stuck
  • Investing your time in the most productive activities
  • Growing a more balanced, more productive life

Karen guides to ferret out your best practices and offers practical advice you will use today to sleep better tonight. You don’t need to re-invent the wheel, but you do need to discover wheels that fit your needs.


Working with you over a period of months exceeded my expectations. Learning want I need to learn was hard and a cumulative process. Some of it I had to do over three times to get it. Your personnel manner, positive attitude, and relationship skills are excellent. We built trust and it allowed me to be vulnerable and lean on you.

The Rev. Dana Horrell
Executive Director
Faithful Citizen

I Have a Long List of Projects Will the Mentor Program Work for Me?

Yes. During a mentor session, an executive director of a nonprofit organization accomplished the following. His goal was to help his group access to income. During his experience, he:

  • Identified fifteen donors and a half dozen grant sources
  • Brainstormed matching projects to appeal to each source
  • Completed and submitted two proposals with detailed project budgets for two donors
  • Followed-up with the donors to answer additional questions and hosted a site visit
  • Grew annual income by 25 percent.

So, yes, you don’t need just to have one goal. Karen will help you with whatever you bring to the table or what comes up during your experience.

I just wanted to THANK YOU so much for your mentorship, guidance and coaching during these past few months. I definitely feel more confident in my position leading a team and product launches.
Kimberly DiVito
Digital Strategic Manager
Creative Pinellas

What is the Fee?

With Karen’s help, you can get what lies ahead of you into practical, actionable steps. The fee is $3,500, payable in full when you begin the process — paying upfront guarantees that you have Karen’s full attention and time. Although the cost is nonrefundable, you may wish to “halt the calendar” once during the session until you are ready to begin again. To serve you well, Karenlimit the number of people whom she mentors at any one time.

What Value Can I Expect from the Program?

Most mentees request weekly meetings, receive multiple reviews of drafts, resources from Karen’s treasure chest, and tips on emerging issues. The value you obtain is up to you, but the market value easily exceeds $7,500 and often much more for most mentees.

Does Karen Offer Discounts?

Many people continue beyond one session. If you re-enroll, you receive a $500 fee reduction.

I Have More Questions.

Great. Call 941-924-4860, email today, or set a time to talk with Karen, use this link.

I Am Ready to Go. Sign Me Up!

Follow this link, to sign-up for the mentor program, today.

 

Because of Karen’s advice, I immediately sent a personal thank you to a donor who gave us $7,500. When I ran into her over the weekend—she said I was the only one who contacted her out of all the many organizations she funded.

Kathleen M. Tunney, MS
President, Associates for Human Services, Inc., Inc.


The best part of working with you as a mentor was using you as a Lifeline—like in Who Wants to be Millionaire. I got a lot of helpful, reliable, constructive, and objective feedback. It was a huge confidence assist. It saved me lots of time and sometimes sanity. We covered a lot of ground.

Jedediah Shoemaker
Sarasota Film Festival


Karen’s mentoring guided me to reduce a large-scale and overwhelming project to educate the Pinellas County hospitality industry into bite-size actions. As I worked, the accountability she provided, and her expertise were invaluable. With her direction, I created a fun and useful end-user experience to help visitors to the area discover Pinellas County’s arts and culture.
Leigh K. Davis
Creative Pinellas