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Spring 2016 - Vol. 10 No. 1

AFP Diversity and Inclusion Survey Report Provide Baseline for Future Work

AFP partnered with several other organizations to launch a survey to establish a baseline of information on diversity in the fundraising profession. The AFP Diversity and Inclusion Research Task Force created the report to summarize the survey findings.

Important Year for Diversity and Inclusion at AFP

Diversity and inclusion are important topics every day for organizations, but 2016 is shaping up to be especially critical for AFP, as a variety of projects and goals are coming together.

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Top Stories

Mississippi Chapter Wins Charles R. Stephens Diversity Award
The Mississippi Chapter has just about 75 members, but it did an extraordinary job of developing a diversity conference that is worthy of any chapter size. That extraordinary work led it to being selected as the recipient of the 2015 Charles R. Stephens Award for Excellence in Diversity.

Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy Program

A few months ago, the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy–Canada launched a first-of-its-kind program in Ontario, the Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy Program ( This program was developed as a result of some pointed questions being asked in regard to the fundraising profession and cultural diversity: Who is missing from the picture? What would enrich the work further?

Artwork from the Diversity Art Showcase
One of the best parts of the AFP International Fundraising Conference is the Diversity Art Showcase, which has been supported for 17 years by The Alford Group. The showcase features artwork by AFP members, a professional artist and young kids expressing what diversity, inclusion and philanthropy mean to them.

2015 Friends of Diversity Chapters Announced
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. Here are the 2015 chapters who earned the Friends of Diversity designation!

It Isn't Enough to Talk About Diversity: 4 Ways to Tell if You're Doing Enough
Nonprofit and philanthropic organizations have long valued diversity, economic development, and equity. We write about those principles, campaign for them, and incorporate them into our goals. We talk a good game. But do we go far enough to carry out those goals? Here are some questions to help your organization think that through. (The Chronicle of Philanthropy)

Why Aren't We Engaging More Diverse Donors?
Susan Ragusa writes that we live in a time when conversations about diversity issues can become flashpoints. But she believes strongly that this is an important and necessary discussion—not only for her corner of the nonprofit world, but for all. As a sector, we can demonstrate in uplifting ways how diverse people come together around common causes and missions. (Inside Philanthropy)

Diversity at the Foundation: Important Enough to Measure
The California Endowment recently completed and posted its annual Diversity Audit. This post explains why and how they share the information. (Glasspockets)


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