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AFP Diverse Communities Scholarship Program Overview & Criteria

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November 1, 2022

Advancing Diversity by Establishing a Diverse Profession
A Joint Strategic Initiative of AFP and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy

As a community of inclusion, the Association of Fundraising Professionals seeks, embraces, and engages diverse individuals, groups, and organizations with a broad representation of experiences, perspectives, thoughts and cultures within the fundraising profession. Through this strategic initiative, AFP is committed to activities that increase awareness of diversity issues. As part of this commitment, AFP Global and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy have created a diversity scholarship program to provide financial assistance for the professional development of fundraisers who are themselves members of one or more diverse communities, or are employed by grassroots organizations that primarily serve diverse populations.

The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy invites all AFP members to support diversity within the fundraising profession through the Diversity Scholarship Campaign. Contributions to this campaign will fund scholarships to support registration and travel costs to attend the annual AFP ICON (International Conference on Fundraising).

2023 Scholarship Process - Deadline 12/1/22

The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is pleased to once again offer the Diverse Communities Scholarship program for members of diverse communities to attend AFP ICON in New Orleans, LA, 2023.

The application process will be open in fall 2023.  AFP is pleased to offer full conference registration fee plus some travel expenses for diverse communities scholarship recipients. THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the diversity scholarship campaign for your generosity and for helping to ensure the success of this program. Deadline for application submission is December 1, 2022. Selected candidates will be notified by email.

Should you have questions about the AFP Diversity Scholarships Campaign, please contact

About the Diverse Communities Scholarship


  • Fundraising professional who self identifies as being part of a marginalized community (Aboriginal person, Black/African-American, Alaskan Native, Arab, Asian, Asia Pacific Islander, Faith-based, First Nation/Inuit/Metis, Hispanic/Latinx, LGBTQ+, Person with disabilities, Jewish, Rural, or Another underrepresented community.)


  • Never attended an NSFRE/AFP International Conference on Fundraising (ICON).
  • Understand that this may be a partial scholarship (conference fees and some travel support only) and that scholar may be required to find additional funds needed to attend this conference (such as travel expenses).
  • Understand that their name as an AFP Diverse Communities Scholar may be listed/promoted in AFP communications.
  • Understand that if selected as a 2023 Diverse Communities Scholar, that scholar will attend all required sessions at AFP ICON and complete an evaluation.

Should you have questions about the AFP Diverse Communities Scholarship, please contact Allison Sedwick

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