Diversity and Inclusion Statement: We are on this journey together
The Desert Communities Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is heartbroken over recent incidents across the nation. It is evident that these unsettling events have touched the very essence of our entire community.
As AFP members we value diversity, inclusion, equity and access and condemn racism in any form. And, we embrace and learn from our differences.
The AFP, Desert Communities Chapter works daily to equip individuals to build relationships and fund organizations that represent our diverse Valley. An integral part of our community includes individuals who face disproportionate injustices in every aspect of their lives, both personally and professionally. During these uncertain times, our Desert communities rely on us and our profession as we play a critical role in engaging in crucial conversations, illuminating community – based issues and providing a safe place for productive dialogue. We envision a community where every member, volunteer, and leader can realize their potential and have their contributions valued and heard.
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) are critical to our mission to elevate the fundraising profession. We are continuously developing strategic ways to support, empower, and uplift our members.
However, we recognize that we need to continue to challenge ourselves to embrace our shortcomings, engage in healthy discourse, be vulnerable and open to continue to learn from each other. We need and welcome your input. As AFP members, your perspectives help us know how we can best move forward. If you would like to be involved in our IDEA initiatives, please share your thoughts with our Diversity and Inclusion Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board of Directors
Desert Communities Chapter, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
A Letter from Mike Geiger, CEO, AFP Global
Recent AFP articles and resources on Social Justice and Equity
Our Right to Heal, AFP Global