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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 jnzahid@llu.edu.

In solidarity,

Board of Directors

Desert Communities Chapter, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)

Additional Resources

A Letter from Mike Geiger, CEO, AFP Global

Recent AFP articles and resources on Social Justice and Equity

Our Right to Heal, AFP Global



Thank you for visiting your Desert Communities Chapter of the
Association of Fundraising Professionals, a Ten Star Chapter!

Welcome to the AFP family!

On behalf of the Desert Communities Chapter of AFP, thank you for the dedication you have made to the fundraising profession.  By joining AFP, you demonstrate your support to the essential core values and integrity of philanthropy and fundraising.  Your individual passions and efforts have created deep impacts to the quality of life in the Coachella Valley and beyond.  Together, with your support, we are committed to bringing forward the positive change necessary to build strong, vibrant and healthy communities.

Looking ahead, this year we are focused on broadening and deepening our membership.  We are excited to offer our members meaningful, relevant educational programs that enhance your fundraising knowledge while giving support to your professional journey.  Make sure you check our schedule of programs as we are in new locations. We look forward to getting to know you and welcome you to the AFP family!

It is our pleasure to share with you the benefits of AFP chapter membership. 
Membership in AFP provides you and your organization with:

- Members-only access to research conducted by AFP International to help you keep current on trends and concerns among your peers

- Discounts on program luncheons for you and a guest

- Free job postings

- Free advertising of your events on Facebook

- Scholarship opportunities for conferences

- Discounted webinars on fundraising

- The assurance that you and your organization adhere to the Donor Bill of Rights and Code of Ethical Conduct in all fundraising endeavors and

- Lasting friendships

Please feel free to contact us for more information

Kindest regards,

Brian Daly


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