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Diversity in Fundraising

AFP Diversity and Inclusion Philosophy Statement

AFP believes that diversity and inclusion create a strong, vital and unified force for the effective pursuit of an organization’s mission and achieving philanthropic success.

AFP Definition

Diversity and Inclusion in Fundraising – seeks to achieve a broad representation of experiences, perspectives, and cultures to ensure that the best possible thinking, ideas, opportunities and solutions are considered; intentionally creates a respectful and welcoming environment that is open to all; and appreciates the unique contributions of every member of the community. 

AFP Diversity and Inclusion Summit Report 
In October 2013 AFP, the D5 Coalition and the Joint Affinity Group (JAG) co-convened a Diversity and Inclusion Summit in Pittsburgh, PA. The attached report are suggested considerations and action steps for the fundraising profession to take over the next five year period. There were six areas of focus which included:
1. Research
2. Staffing/operations/administration
3. Governance
4. Education/Professional Development
5. Terminology/Definitions
6. Marketing/Communications

AFP African American Community of Fundraising Professionals Page
Welcome to the AFP African-American Community of Fundraising Professionals Webpage. Here you will find information and resources of interest to African-American fundraisers and those who work with organizations with an African-American audience.

AFP Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender (GLBT) Page
Welcome to the AFP Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender (GLBT) Webpage. Here you will find information and resources of interest to GLBT fundraisers and about GLBT donors.

AFP Diverse Communities Scholarship Program Overview & Criteria
The mission of the AFP Diverse Communities Conference Scholarship Fund is to help ensure that AFP programs are inclusive and supportive of diversity-related issues and concerns, to provide financial support for activities that increase understanding and awareness of diversity issues within AFP, and to provide financial assistance for professional development for AFP members who self-identify as coming from a diverse community and/or who are employed by grassroots organizations that primarily serve diverse populations.

2015 Friends of Diversity Designation
AFP’s Strategic Plan is the blueprint for organizational growth and success in the future. For the strategic plan to be effective, it must be implemented through a partnership between the International Headquarters and the local chapters. As each chapter contributes its part to the overall Strategic Plan, AFP will meet its goals and continue to advance philanthropy and the fundraising profession around the world. The Friends of Diversity Designation recognizes those chapters who have accomplished many of the key objectives outlined in the Advancing Diversity goal. Learn more | 2015 Application

Published four times a year, Kaleidoscope supports AFP’s strategic goal of connecting communities around the world by promoting diversity to donors, boards and fundraisers.

Diversity Discussion Lists
The AFP Diversity Discussion Lists are a benefit for AFP members only.  See the lists and other information here.   

Te Informa
Te Informa is AFP's Spanish-language e-newsletter covering issues of fundraising pertinent to Mexico and other Latin American countries. It is available to anyone who signs up for the mailing. 

Board Resolution on Diversity
Follow this link to read the Board of Directors' resolution.   

AFP Diverse Communities Program
A brief description of the AFP Diverse Communities Program.   

Forming a New Community
Here is how AFP membrs can create a new community.   

The AFP Diversity Summit
Follow this link for a summary of the AFP Diversity Summit of 2005.  This includes information on how to form a new Diverse Community in Fundraising.    

Resource Papers - Diversity Essays
Traditions of giving, philanthropic motives of America's diverse ethnic and culture groups.   

Charles Stephens Excellence in Diversity Award
The Charles R. Stephens Excellence in Diversity Award is named for the 1992-1993 AFP Chair Charles R. Stephens, CFRE, and recognizes his efforts in bringing AFP’s diversity programs to the forefront. This award honors the year’s most outstanding demonstration by AFP chapters of leadership, creativity and initiative in building diversity in membership or programming.   

Philanthropy Journal Offers Special Report on Engaging Diverse Donors
(Feb. 5, 2007) Identifying and cultivating diverse donors is both an internal and an external undertaking, according to a series of articles by the Philanthropy Journal that focus on diversity and fundraising.   

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