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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. One of the specific goals in the plan is AFP will embrace and engage diverse individuals, groups and organizations within the fundraising profession.


Friends of Diversity 2013 Logo

Program Mission
The Friends of Diversity Designation recognizes those chapters who have accomplished many of the key objectives outlined in the advancing diversity strategic goal. This designation encourages chapters to perform specific activities designed to increase diversity within fundraising and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy in all cultures.

AFP International Headquarters will publish a list of ten chapter goals. Chapters that successfully accomplish six of those goals during the year – and submit a nomination form – will be honored with the Friends of Diversity Designation.

The Friends of Diversity Designation can be earned by all AFP chapters. Once a chapter fulfills the necessary six goals, it becomes eligible to receive the award. The chapter award nomination form is due by January 31 each year, for activities completed during the previous calendar year. The application must be signed by the chapter president and the chapter’s diversity chair.

The goals may change every year, reflecting adjustments in the Strategic Plan and in AFP itself, although some goals may be constant year-to-year. Five goals will be required of all chapters participating in the program.  The one other goal may be chosen by the chapter from the list of optional goals.

The AFP Diversity Committee reserves the right to confirm goals on a nomination-by-nomination basis as it deems appropriate. 

If your chapter needs any additional information about completing any of the goals, please refer to the Chapter Diversity Resource Guide

Presentation of Designation
AFP will award chapters that have accomplished the necessary goals to earn the Friends of Diversity Designation and will be recognized at the AFP International Conference each spring.

Friends of Diversity chapters earn the privilege of displaying the Friends of Diversity logo on their chapter’s page on AFP’s website and may use the logo on their own websites, newsletters and stationery. Chapters will be listed in the Diversity section of the AFP website and on signage at the AFP International Conference on Fundraising and at the Leadership Academy.

Application and Deadline
Chapters must submit the nomination form by the January 31st deadline. If mailed, the form must be postmarked on or before January 31. If sent by fax, chapters shall be responsible for obtaining a fax confirmation indicating receipt by AFP by close of business on January 31. The sender will be notified via email that the nomination form has been received by AFP.

Send nominations to:

Association of Fundraising Professionals
Attn:  Lori Gusdorf, CAE
Friends of Diversity Designation
4300 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300
Arlington, VA  22203-4167
Fax: 703-684-0540

Congratulations to the following 2013 Friends of Diversity Chapters! 

AFP AB, Calgary & Area Chapter
AFP AB, Edmonton & Area Chapter
AFP Alaska Chapter
AFP Alabama Chapter
AFP AR, Northwest Chapter
AFP AZ, Greater Arizona Chapter
AFP AZ, Southern Chapter
AFP BC, Vancouver Chapter
AFP BC, Vancouver Island Chapter
AFP CA, Golden Gate Chapter
AFP CA, Greater Los Angeles Chapter
AFP CA, Orange County Chapter
AFP CA, Silicon Valley Chapter
AFP CA, Yosemite Chapter
AFP DC, Washington DC Metro Area Chapter
AFP DE, Brandywine Chapter
AFP FL, First Coast Chapter
AFP FL, Indian River Chapter
AFP FL, Miami Chapter
AFP FL, Palm Beach County Chapter
AFP FL, Suncoast Chapter
AFP GA, Greater Atlanta Chapter
AFP HI, Aloha Chapter
AFP IL, Central Chapter
AFP IL, Chicago Chapter
AFP KY, Bluegrass Chapter
AFP LA, Baton Rouge Chapter
AFP LA, Greater New Orleans Chapter
AFP Massachusetts Chapter
AFP MA, Western Chapter
AFP Maryland Chapter

AFP MI, Greater Detroit Chapter
AFP Minnesota Chapter
AFP MN, Southern Chapter
AFP Mississippi Chapter
AFP MO, St. Louis Regional Chapter
AFP NC, Triangle Chapter
AFP ND, Northern Plains Chapter
AFP New Jersey Chapter
AFP New Mexico Chapter
AFP NV, Las Vegas Chapter
AFP NY, Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter
AFP OH, Greater Cincinnati Chapter
AFP OH, Greater Cleveland Chapter
AFP OH, Greater Dayton Region Chapter
AFP OH, North Central Chapter
AFP ON, Greater Toronto Chapter
AFP ON, Ottawa Chapter
AFP Oregon & SW Washington Chapter
AFP PA, Greater Philadelphia Chapter
AFP PA, Western Chapter
AFP SC, Central Chapter
AFP SC, Lowcountry Chapter
AFP SC, Piedmont Chapter
AFP TX, Greater Austin Chapter
AFP TX, Greater Dallas Chapter
AFP TX, Greater Houston Chapter
AFP TX, San Antonio Chapter
AFP VA, Hampton Roads Chapter
AFP Washington Chapter
AFP WI, Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter



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