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About Our Chapter

AFP, an association of professionals throughout the world, advances philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising. The core activities through which AFP fulfills this mission include education, training, mentoring, research, credentialing and advocacy.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is committed to developing and maintaining a diverse organization that reflects, is responsive to, and embraces the diversity of the communities we serve throughout the world; respecting and valuing all people.

AFP is committed to promoting an inclusive, equitable and accessible organization where every member, volunteer, staff and board member can realize their potential and where their contributions are valued.

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (I.D.E.A) Definitions 

Inclusion

The ability of AFP to attract, retain, accommodate, and involve a range of diverse people who are valued, accepted, and comfortable at the international, national, regional or local chapter level. 

Diversity

AFP defines diversity as a core value. It is an inclusive concept encompassing, without limitation, race, color, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or identity; religion, nationality, age, economic class, educational level, language, physical, mobility and ability, geography, and marital and parental status. The state of being diverse means having the broadest possible representation of individuals, experiences, and perspectives in all-encompassing terms. 

Equity

Creating a level playing field for individuals or groups according to their respective needs, which may include equal treatment or treatment that is different but is considered equivalent in terms of rights, benefits, obligations, and opportunities. 

Access

The commitment to foster attitudes, behaviors, and procedures to facilitate access that promotes equity and diversity, fosters inclusion and allows people to maximize their contribution to our association and communities that our members serve.

The 2019 North Alabama Chapter Board:

President 
Beth Brooks, WEDC Foundation

President-Elect
Wayne Olson, Wayne Olson Consulting LLC

Past President
Caroline Kelly Buncick, Burritt on the Mountain

Secretary
Katie Shirley Thurston, UAH Office of Advancement and Development

Directors
Reba Trammell, A&M University & Jay Hixon, Thrive Alabama, Diversity Committee

Lisa Davis Young, Downtown Rescue Mission & Meredith Dupree Payne, Kids 2 Love, Membership Committee

Sarah Otto, Chapter Administrator and Communications Chair