AFP IDEA - Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access

AFP is committed to the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA) in the fundraising profession, the philanthropic sector and throughout all of society. AFP is involved in numerous projects and partnerships related to IDEA.

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AFP Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access (IDEA) Definitions
AFP Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access (IDEA) Statement of Principles
AFP Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access (IDEA) Board Policy

2017 Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access (IDEA) Committee Recommendations
In 2017, the AFP Global Board of Directors asked the Diversity and Inclusion Committee to examine the resources and support available to AFP members, and to make recommendations to bring them in line with best practices. Through committee member dialogue, the Chair directed  workgroups be struck to address their top three priorities: redefining Diversity and Inclusion, surveying chapter needs, and identifying methods of providing organizational support. The below recommendations were prepared by the workgroups and propose an opportunity to create a framework that connect all three areas of need together in support of the Board’s strategic goals.

Lean In Partnership
AFP is one of 90 nonprofits that are official partners of Lean In, a nonprofit organization committed to closing the gender gap. Lean In provides access to programs and resources that help men and women develop critical skills to counteract gender bias. View Resources

2015 Diversity and Inclusion Report
AFP partnered with several other organizations (including CFRE International, African American Development Officers Network, Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP), Native Americans in Philanthropy, and the Grant Professionals Association) 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 this report to summarize the survey findings.

AFP Diversity and Inclusion Summit Report
In October 2013 AFP, the D5 Coalition and the Joint Affinity Group (JAG) co-convened a Diversity and Inclusion Summit in Pittsburgh, PA. The report includes suggested considerations and action steps for the fundraising profession to take over the next five year period in the following areas:
1. Research
2. Staffing/operations/administration
3. Governance
4. Education/Professional Development
5. Terminology/Definitions
6. Marketing/Communications

AFP Diverse Communities Scholarship Program Overview & Criteria
The mission of the AFP Diverse Communities Conference Scholarship Fund is to help ensure that AFP programs are inclusive and supportive of diversity-related issues and concerns, to provide financial support for activities that increase understanding and awareness of diversity issues within AFP, and to provide financial assistance for professional development for AFP members who self-identify as coming from a diverse community and/or who are employed by grassroots organizations that primarily serve diverse populations.

Fellowship in Diversity and Inclusion English | French
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada has just completed the third Fellowship in Diversity and Inclusion program. A total of 80 Fellows have completed the program.  The third cohort was expanded across the country with a grant from Canadian Heritage.

The Foundation is currently seeking funding to continue the program.


Inclusive Giving Workshops
Twelve workshops on philanthropy focusing on different communities took place in Ontario during 2012-2015. The resources developed from these workshops can be found at

IDEA Champion (formerly Friends of Diversity) Designation
For the strategic plan to be effective, it must be implemented through a partnership between AFP Global and AFP chapters. The IDEA Champion Designation recognizes chapters who accomplished many of the key objectives outlined in the Advancing Diversity goal.  AFP Chapter Resources

AFP Diverse Communities Program
Form a New Community

Resource Papers - Diversity Essays
Traditions of giving, philanthropic motives of America's diverse ethnic and culture groups.

Charles R. Stephens Excellence in Diversity Award
The Charles R. Stephens Excellence in Diversity Award is named for the 1992-1993 AFP Chair Charles R. Stephens, CFRE, and recognizes his efforts in bringing AFP’s diversity programs to the forefront. This award honors the year’s most outstanding demonstration by AFP chapters of leadership, creativity and initiative in building diversity in membership or programming.

AFP African American Community of Fundraising Professionals Page

AFP Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) Page

For questions and inquiries on Diversity and Inclusion, please contact Chapter Engagement.

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