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
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.
Charles R. Stevens Excellence in Diversity Chapter Award
AFP DC was awarded with the 2010 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 credits 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
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.
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.
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 focus of this year’s Diversity Dialogues was how organizations must be in tune with the cultures and communities of their supporters and how fundraisers must possess and understanding of groups that may be different from themselves.
“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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.