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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 


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. 


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. 


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. 


The commitment to fostering 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 2024 North Alabama Chapter Board:

Cindi Williamson, New Hope Children's Clinic

Past President
Shannon Drake, Leadership Greater Huntsville

Rachel O'Sullivan, Athens State University

Katie Shirley Thurston, University of Alabama in Huntsville

Membership Chair
Gina Hurst, Burritt on the Mountain

Diversity Chair
Cheri Wilson, Community Foundation

Chapter Administrator  Communications Chair
Sarah Otto