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Diversity Summit to Gather Fundraising, Philanthropic Leaders from Around the World

September 16, 2013

Representatives from fundraising and philanthropic organizations around the world will come together on Oct. 2 in Pittsburgh, Pa., for the first Diversity and Inclusion Summit, co-hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the D5 Coalition and JAG (Joint Affinity Groups). 

The purpose of the diversity summit is to develop a strategy and action plan for the charitable sector leading to greater inclusiveness in fundraising and philanthropy. The discussion at the summit will focus on three questions:

  • How can fundraising professional groups ensure that the profession and their memberships reflect all of the diversity and richness in the communities they serve?
  • What can the fundraising community do to ensure that all who want to be a part of the profession feel welcome and engaged?
  • How can the entire philanthropic community feed the pipeline of future fundraising professionals to ensure that the profession continually strives to reflect the communities they serve and welcomes all who want to be a part of the profession?

Approximately 15 participants, including representatives from organizations in the U.S., Canada and Brazil, will discuss and exchange ideas with a facilitator, concluding with the development of a collective action plan for the profession and the entire philanthropic community. Observers are invited to watch the proceedings, and members of the media are invited to attend.

“The fundraising profession cannot adequately serve the causes in our communities unless we understand and reflect all of the people who make up those communities,” said Andrew Watt, FInstF, president and CEO of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. “The summit will be an important step in gathering together the best knowledge and ideas available about fundraising and inclusion and help point the sector towards a plan that will both increase diversity within the profession and improve how charities reach out to underserved and underrepresented groups.” 

The Diversity and Inclusion Summit is a program of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy–Canada and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy, and is sponsored by the AFP Washington D.C. Metro Area Chapter; the AFP Western Pennsylvania Chapter; the AFP Greater Philadelphia Chapter; the AFP Oregon and SW Washington Chapter; the D5 Coalition; and Highmark Health Services. The summit will take place before AFP’s Leadership Academy (Oct. 3-5), which draws hundreds of leaders from AFP’s chapters around the world. 

“Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion is critical to advancing the common good, increasing the effectiveness, and enhancing the impact of philanthropy,” said Kelly Brown, director of the D5 Coalition. “This summit is an excellent opportunity for organizations to learn how the broader field of philanthropy and non-profits are successfully advancing diversity, equality and inclusion so that they can do the same in their own institutions."

For more information about the Diversity and Inclusion Summit, contact Lori Gusdorf, CAE, AFP Vice President of Membership & Chapter Services at

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