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IDEA Champion Designation

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The IDEA Champion Designation recognizes those chapters who have accomplished many of the key objectives outlined in the Promote Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access strategic pathway.


2024 IDEA Champion Designation Application - Will Open Fall 2023
2024 IDEA Champion Designation Tracker
2023 IDEA Champion Document (with chapter samples)

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. 

Program Mission
The IDEA Champion Designation recognizes those chapters who have accomplished many of the key objectives outlined in the Promote Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access strategic pathway. This designation encourages chapters to perform specific activities designed to increase IDEA within fundraising and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy in all cultures.

AFP Global Headquarters will publish a list of chapter goals. Chapters that successfully accomplish the six required goals and two optional goals during the previous calendar year – and submit a nomination form – will be honored with the IDEA Champion Designation.

The IDEA Champion Designation can be earned by all AFP chapters. Once a chapter fulfills the necessary eight goals, it becomes eligible to receive the award. The chapter award nomination form is due by January 31, 2024 for activities completed during 2023. The application must be signed by the chapter president and the chapter’s IDEA 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. Six goals will be required of all chapters participating in the program.  The two other goals may be chosen by the chapter from the list of optional goals.

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

AFP Global 2021-2023 Strategic Plan
Sample Chapter IDEA Champion Application Submissions
Member Demographics - Case for Updating Your Member Profile
AFP Global IDEA Programs
Chapter IDEA Chair's Resource Guide.

Presentation of Designation
AFP will award chapters that have accomplished the necessary goals to earn the IDEA Champion Designation and will be recognized at AFP ICON 2023.

IDEA Champion chapters earn the privilege of displaying the IDEA Champion 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 IDEA section of the AFP website and on signage at AFP ICON. Each IDEA Champion chapter will also be awarded a free membership for a new member.

Application and Deadline
All nomination forms must be received on or before January 31, 2024. Receipt of the IDEA Champion nomination form will be acknowledged to the sender via email.

If you have any questions please contact Chapter Engagement.

Congratulations to the following 2023 IDEA Champion Chapters!

AFP AB, Edmonton & Area Chapter
AFP AK, Alaska Chapter
AFP AL, Alabama Chapter
AFP AR, Arkansas Chapter
AFP AR, Northwest Chapter
AFP AZ, Greater Arizona Chapter
AFP AZ, Southern Chapter
AFP BC, Interior Chapter
AFP CA, Capital Chapter
AFP CA, Desert Communities Chapter
AFP CA, Golden Gate Chapter
AFP CA, Greater Los Angeles Chapter
AFP CA, Greater San Fernando Valley Chapter
AFP CA, Orange County Chapter
AFP CA, San Diego Chapter
AFP CA, Santa Barbara/Ventura Counties Chapter
AFP CA, Silicon Valley Chapter
AFP CA, Yosemite Chapter
AFP CO, Colorado Chapter
AFP CO, Southern Chapter
AFP CT, Fairfield County Chapter
AFP DC, Washington DC Metro Area Chapter
AFP DE, Brandywine Chapter
AFP FL, First Coast Chapter
AFP FL, Fort Lauderdale/Broward Chapter
AFP FL, Indian River Chapter
AFP FL, Miami Chapter
AFP FL, Palm Beach County Chapter
AFP FL, Southwest Chapter
AFP FL, Tampa Bay Chapter
AFP FL, Treasure Coast Chapter
AFP GA, Atlanta Chapter
AFP HI, Aloha Chapter
AFP IA, Eastern Chapter
AFP IA, Greater Tri-State Chapter
AFP IL, Chicago Chapter
AFP IL, Quad Cities Chapter
AFP KY, Greater Louisville Chapter
AFP LA, Baton Rouge Chapter
AFP LA, Greater New Orleans Chapter
AFP MA, Massachusetts Chapter
AFP MB, Manitoba Chapter
AFP MD, Maryland Chapter
AFP MD, Western Maryland Chapter
AFP MI, Greater Detroit Chapter
AFP MN, Minnesota Chapter
AFP MN, Southern Minnesota Chapter
AFP MO, Greater Kansas City Chapter
AFP MO, St. Louis Regional Chapter
AFP NC, Charlotte Chapter
AFP NC, Triad Chapter
AFP NC, Triangle Chapter
AFP NJ, New Jersey Chapter
AFP NJ, Southern Chapter
AFP NS, Nova Scotia Chapter
AFP NV, Las Vegas Chapter
AFP NY, Central Chapter
AFP NY, Genesee Valley Chapter
AFP NY, Hudson-Mohawk Chapter
AFP NY, New York City Chapter
AFP NY, Western Chapter
AFP OH, Central Chapter
AFP OH, Cincinnati Chapter
AFP OH, Greater Cleveland Chapter
AFP OH, Greater Dayton Region Chapter
AFP OH, Greater Springfield Chapter
AFP OH, Mahoning-Shenango Chapter
AFP OH, Northeast Ohio Chapter
AFP OH, Northwest Chapter
AFP ON, Central Ontario Chapter
AFP ON, London & Region Chapter
AFP ON, Ottawa Chapter
AFP ON, South Eastern Ontario
AFP OR, Oregon & SW Washington Chapter
AFP PA, Berks Regional Chapter
AFP PA, Eastern Chapter
AFP PA, Greater Philadelphia Chapter
AFP PA, Western Chapter
AFP QC, Quebec Chapter
AFP SC, Lowcountry Chapter
AFP SC, Piedmont Chapter
AFP SD, South Dakota Chapter
AFP SK, South Saskatchewan Chapter
AFP TN, Great Smoky Mountain Chapter
AFP TN, Memphis Chapter
AFP TN, Southeastern Chapter
AFP TX, Central Chapter
AFP TX, East Chapter
AFP TX, Fort Worth Metro Chapter
AFP TX, Greater Austin Chapter
AFP TX, Greater Dallas Chapter
AFP TX, Greater Houston Chapter
AFP VA, Hampton Roads Chapter
AFP WA, South Sound Chapter
AFP WI, Greater Madison Chapter
AFP WI, Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter
AFP WI, Upper Mississippi Valley Chapter

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