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Charles R. Stephens Award for Excellence in Diversity Award

AFP DC is very proud to have won the Charles R. Stephens Award for Excellence in Diversity in 2014. Each year, AFP International awards this to a deserving chapter with more than 400 members that has demonstrated a key commitment to diversity and inclusion – and in 2014 we won!  Through varied programming like our annual Diversity Dialogues and the establishment of the African-American Affinity Group earlier this year, your chapter has repeatedly shown that we value, embrace and benefit from diversity.

AFP DC was also awarded in 2010 with the Charles R. Stephens Excellence in Diversity Award for the incorporation of the Outstanding Diversity Leader Award into the Chapter’s National Capital Philanthropy Day program. This award credited the year’s most outstanding demonstration by AFP chapters of leadership, creativity and initiative in building diversity in membership or programming.

Friends of Diversity Designation 
Awarded 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016

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.

Diversity Dialogues

The Diversity Committee of AFP DC is pleased to present the annual Diversity Dialogues event to ask and answer some critical questions and to provoke discussion around diversity in fundraising. 

On April 28th, 2016 the first Diversity Dialogues session of the year was held at the National Council of La Raza. Attendees learned how the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) maximized the 2016 Supreme Court decision on marriage equality to galvanize a direct response campaign including social media, email, online ads, text, and direct mail resulting in an activated member base and new supporters - LGBT and allies - to make marriage equality the law of the land. The session provided valuable insight on how to keep supporters engaged in a long-term campaign and how to build innovative fundraising methods and ways to grow donor prospect list. Attendees also learned more about cross-channel communications and tactics that worked for HRC. 

The Fall Diversity Dialogues discussion was held on September 9th, 2015 at the National Council of La Raza. The topic was “Who are you again? Fundraising as an Outsider.” Four panelists candidly shared how they deal with being an “outsider” in fundraising situations. They also gave examples showing how being an “outsider” may have some advantages. The panel shared how you could be an outsider for many reasons including: race, sex, gender, religion, class, etc. The session was moderated by Isaac W.K. Thweatt, Director of Alumni Outreach at American University. Our panelists included Gina M. Flores Stumpf, Senior Advancement Officer at Smithsonian Latino Center; George Lee, Manager of Planned Giving at Sojourners, and Jordan Schreiber, Development Associate at J Street. 

Our 5th Annual Diversity Dialogues held on April 28, 2015, focused on cultivating women in philanthropy. Our expert panelists shared their experiences in engaging women as a strategic affinity group and offered practical insight to attendees to determine if launching a women's giving circle for their organization makes sense and how to strengthen their existing women's program. The session was led by Tycely Williams, CFRE, Immediate Past President of AFP DC and Chief Development Officer at American Red Cross. Our esteemed panelists included Diane Lebson, CFRE, Director of Women in Philanthropy at American Red Cross; Kassaundra Escalera, Manager of Women's Engagement at United Way, and Linda Paulson, Director for Individual Giving at Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. 

View event photos here.

The  4th Annual Diversity Dialogues: Diversity beyond the check box equals inclusion: How to build and attract a successful leadership team in your organization event was held on April 1, 2014. During this session, participants learned how to attract a diverse and strong pool of candidates that will bring a successful leadership team to an organization. 

Nearly 60 fundraisers joined us for the 3rd Annual Diversity Dialogues: Understanding Philanthropic Giving in Ethno-Cultural Communities at ASAE on March 30th.  The diverse panel featured Gina Flores, Senior Advancement Officer at the Smithsonian Latino Center, Dale Mott, Director of Development at the Phillips Collection, and Jaye Lopez Van Soest, CFRE, Director of Development for the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law.  Moderating for the second Diversity Dialogues was Alexis Terry, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at ASAE.  Pictures of the interactive event are below.

“The panelists had extensive experience in the field and in addressing diversity in their work.  They offered excellent examples and fundraising techniques that are applicable to current fundraising trends and challenges.  The conversation was thought provoking and touched on very relevant topics for both the experienced fundraiser as well as those who may be new to the profession.” Session Attendee

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The 2nd Annual Diversity Dialogues: Fundraising Across Cultures held on October 23, 2012 proved to be a succes.  The event was moderated by Alexis Terry, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at ASAE and featured a distingueshed panel of speakers: Val Broadie, Director of Development, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Maureen Dwyer, Executive Director, Sitar Arts Center, and Bill Hanbury, President & CEO, United Way National Capital Area.  A Diversity Toolkit was developed based on the 2012 Diversity Dialogues.

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Diversity Resources

AFP International

AFP International is committed to embracing and engaging diverse individuals, groups and organizations within the fundraising profession. The AFP International website is a great resource for those interested in diversity and inclusion within the profession. 


Published four times a year, Kaleidoscope supports AFP’s strategic goal of connecting communities around the world by promoting diversity to donors, boards and fundraisers.

If you are interested in serving on the Diversity Committee for the AFP DC chapter, please contact

Diversity and Inclusion are so important to the AFP DC chapter, that each year the Board of Directors reviews and includes an annual strateic plan and passes a formal resolution on the topic.

AFP Washington DC Metro Chapter 
Board Resolution
Revised on November 8, 2012

WHEREAS the mission of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is to enable people and organizations throughout the world to practice effective and ethical fundraising through education, training, mentoring, research, credentialing and advocacy; and,

WHEREAS AFP is committed to educating and encouraging its members and the non-profit sector to better serve their respective communities; and,

WHEREAS AFP defines diversity as the seeking and achieving of a broad representation of experiences, perspectives, opinions and cultures; and,

WHEREAS AFP values inclusiveness as an essential source of vitality and strength for the effective pursuit of an organization’s mission;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE AFP WASHINGTON DC METRO AREA CHAPTER is committed to diversity and inclusion as an ongoing, proactive process in its governance, committees, membership, programs and activities.