Fundraiser Bill of Rights

Enshrining the equitable rights of all fundraisers

ABOUT THE FUNDRAISER BILL OF RIGHTS TASK FORCE (FBRTF)

2020 was a pivotal year.  The world entered a global pandemic, saw the rise of the #BlackLivesMatter’s movement, and conversations on what justice and equity truly mean moved to the forefront of our consciousness.  The fundraising profession saw the rise of Community Centric Fundraising movement that questioned how we do our work as fundraisers. 

In 2020, the AFP Board of Directors asked a small working group to review the AFP Code of Ethics and see how “AFP generally and the Ethics Committee in particular can effectively participate in the current societal movements, including but not limited to, social justice, anti-racism and equity.”   Over the course of 2021, the working group met to review the Code of Ethics, and to make key recommendations to the board.   The committee consisted of:

AFP Ethics Committee Work Group 2020

  • Birgit Smith Burton
  • Marco Corona
  • Robbe Healey, ACFRE, Co-Chair
  • Liz LeClair, CFRE
  • Kishshana Palmer, CFRE
  • LaKoya Rochell
  • Tycely Williams, CFRE, Co-Chair

A key recommendation of the working group was the establishment of a Fundraiser Bill of Rights.  The goal of this Bill of Rights will be to create a sector-wide guiding document, and supplementary materials, to enshrine the equitable rights of all fundraisers.  The Bill of Rights will address the unique challenges that fundraisers face in their profession, with a focus on inclusion, diversity, equity and access as key components of the document. The goal of this work will be the creation of a comprehensive, inclusive, and collaborative process to ensure this document becomes a valued sector-wide document, embraced by fundraisers, associations, and donors.

FUNDRAISER BILL OF RIGHTS TASK FORCE – CO-CHAIRS:

In January 2022, the chair of AFP Global, Kevin Foyle recruited two chairs for the AFP Fundraiser Bill of Rights Task Force.  

Rebecca Lamb, CFRE
Senior Director of Development
Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast

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Rebecca serves as the Senior Director of Development for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, overseeing the major and planned giving programs. Previously, Rebecca served as a consultant with Dini Spheris where she partnered with a variety of nonprofit organizations in pursuit of ambitious fundraising goals and organizational best practices. Rebecca began her development career at Rice University during the school’s $1 billion Centennial Campaign.

Rebecca believes in giving back to the fundraising profession. She has enjoyed the privilege of teaching as an instructor in Rice University’s Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. She is a past president and board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Houston Chapter. Most recently, Rebecca’s commitment to AFP’s IDEA principles has led her to serve as co-chair of AFP Global’s newly created Fundraisers Bill of Rights task force with the goal of creating a sector-wide guiding document and supplemental materials to provide equitable rights to all fundraisers, to be known as a Fundraisers Bill of Rights.

Liz LeClair, CFRE
Director of Advancement, Nova Scotia SPCA
Co-Founder, Sargasso Philanthropic CIC

Liz LeClair, CFRE

Liz LeClair is proud to call herself a fundraiser and a feminist.  She brings more than 20 years of experience to her role as the Director of Advancement at the Nova Scotia SPCA in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Liz is a director with Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), a contributing editor to The Charity Report, the past Chair of the AFP Women’s Impact Initiative, and a new board member with the African American Development Officer (AADO) Network.  Liz was recently asked to serve as co-chair of AFP Global’s Fundraiser Bill of Rights task force with the goal of creating a sector-wide guiding document.

In 2019, Liz published an op-ed with CBC on her experience being sexually harassed by a donor.  She is a co-founder of the National Day of Conversation, a day dedicated to raising awareness on sexual harassment of fundraisers.

THE TASK FORCE:

Co-chairs, Lamb and LeClair, started recruitment for the Task Force in early 2022.  The members of the task force will be announced on this site once they are confirmed.  The goal in recruiting participants was to focus on a diverse, well-rounded committee, that could address key issues our sector wants to see addressed in the Bill of Rights.  These issues include:

  • Bullying and harassment
  • Accessibility
  • Donor Dominance
  • Racial Equity
  • Gender Equity
  • Neurodiversity
  • And more..

We will be pleased to announce the members of the Task Force in the weeks to come.

THE PROCESS:

Starting at AFP ICON 2022, co-chairs Lamb and LeClair will be presenting the process for the Task Force to AFP Global’s Board of Directors.  They will outline how the Task Force will engage members of AFP, other associations, and key stakeholders. 

There will be three key phases for the development of the Fundraiser Bill of Rights:

  • Phase I:  this will include the pre-draft phase where the Co-Chairs and Committee members will engage in listening sessions and collecting feedback form key stakeholders.
  • Phase II:  the first draft of the Fundraiser Bill of Rights and a membership survey on the draft to collect feedback.
  • Phase III:  The ratification and endorsement of the Fundraiser Bill of Rights.

The co-chairs will work with AFP Global to continue to update members through AFP Dailies, this webpage, and through social channels.  Please keep an eye out in your daily communications to learn more about how this project is progressing.

Listening Sessions

Starting at AFP ICON, the Task Force will be hosting listening sessions to begin engaging members and working with chapters and chapter presidents on how to host a listening session locally.

Listening sessions will be held over several months to ensure we provide as many individuals inside, and outside, AFP the opportunity to share their thoughts on the Bill of Rights.

Please check your chapter bulletins for more information on how you can participate in a listening session.

How to Engage

If you are interested in supporting this project, please feel free to reach out by putting your name and contact information in the JotForm here: https://form.jotform.com/221355137461047

Please note that we will be updating this site to include a more comprehensive survey and space to provide your feedback on the Bill of Rights in the coming weeks.

If you have questions about this process please feel free to email: fbor@afpglobal.org

 

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