IDEA in Fundraising

The IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) committee of the Greater Arizona Chapter of AFP focuses on engaging and involving members of underrepresented groups including the Latinx/Hispanic, Black and African-American, Asian American and Pacific Islander, Indigenous/Native American, and LGBTQIA+ communities. The committee advances philanthropy by promoting a better appreciation of how culture and different values impact the way people give.

To volunteer with the Diversity Committee, contact Diversity Committee Chair:

Naquana Borrero, CFRE | Ernesto Ortiz, CFRE
Contact Naquana | Contact Ernie

2024 Inclusion Calendar 

According to a Harvard University study, diversity initiatives don't work unless awareness and inclusion is a daily practice. Being aware of ethnic holidays is key for respectful scheduling and creating inclusion for your staff and members. We've assembled some multicultural dates below to help.

Month Monthly Celebration Special Dates
January Human Trafficking Awareness Month

15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February African American History Month

10: Lunar New Year (China)
14: Ash WednesdayLent begins (Christian)

March Women's History Month
Deaf History Month

8: International Women's Day
10: Ramadan begins (Muslim)
21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (United Nations)
31: International Transgender Day of Visibility
31: Easter (Christian)

April Arab American Heritage Month
Autism Awareness Month
Celebrate Diversity Month

2: World Autism Day
10: Eid al-Fitr (Muslim)
22: Passover (Jewish)

22: Earth Day

May Jewish American Heritage Month
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

5: International Family Equality Day
21: World Day for Cultural Diversity (UN)

June LGBTQ+ Pride Month

2: Native American Citizenship Day
19: Juneteenth
26: Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage Anniversary
28: Stonewall Riots Anniversary
16: Eid al-Adha (Muslim)


14: International Non-Binary Day 
18: Nelson Mandela International Day (UN)
26: Disability Independence Day
30: International Day of Friendship (UN)


9: International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples (UN)
26: Women's Equality Day

September Hispanic American Heritage Month

October Disability Employment Awareness Month
LGBTQ+ History Month

2: Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)
11: National Coming Out Day
14: Indigenous People's Day
12: Yom Kippur (Jewish)
19: International Pronouns Day
26: Intersex Awareness Day
31:Diwali (Hindu)

November Native American Heritage Month

11: Veterans Day
20: Transgender Day of Remembrance


1: World AIDS Day
3: International Day of Disabled Persons (UN)
10: International Human Rights Day (UN)
25: Christmas (Christian)
25: Chanukah (Jewish)
26: Kwanzaa (African)