IDEA Fellowship



2020_IDEA_Fellows_-_Manju_Ramachandran.jpg2020 IDEA Fellows

Association of Fundraising Professionals Silicon Valley Chapter (AFP SV)
Case Statement: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Fellowship Program


The Association of Fundraising Professionals Silicon Valley Chapter (AFP SV) was founded thirty-four years ago to serve the needs of the Silicon Valley fundraising community, including professional fundraisers, nonprofit leaders, board members, and volunteers. In addition to providing a high level of fundraising training, our Chapter’s programs and services support capacity building, increased impact, and mission delivery for all non-profits in our region. 

As part of our 2008 strategic plan, AFP SV identified diversity and inclusion as a priority, and our work to that end resulted in our Chapter being awarded the  “Friends of Diversity” designation from the international office of the Association of Fundraising Professionals for the last ten years.

Despite the rich diversity in Silicon Valley, we have observed that the Chapter’s current membership is largely white, female, and more established in the profession, and we are missing the voices and experiences of young professionals of color (African American, Latino, Hispanic, Asian), and those working in smaller and/or emerging nonprofits.

The IDEA Fellowship Program was conceived to provide opportunities to bring more diverse individuals to have a seat at the table, and to participate in training, mentorship and networking activities.  This will enrich all of our experiences and provide a more powerful base from which to express multiple missions. In addition, inclusion will have wide reaching impact within the populations we serve and represent through our work across all sectors by increasing the fundraising capacity of the organizations the fellows represent.

Proposed Program and Participants

The IDEA Fellowship is a year-long program for fundraisers from underrepresented communities, including fundraisers of color (African American, Latino, Hispanic, Asian), LGBTQ and/or gender-nonconforming fundraisers, individuals, new nonprofit professionals, emerging fundraisers, and those who work at smaller, under resourced nonprofits. 

The fellowship would provide participants with full access to all the benefits of Chapter membership, including:

  • Ten chapter luncheon workshops on a variety of topics;
  • The IDEA Mentoring Program, a part of AFP SV’s mentorship offering pairs at least 2 fellows with a senior AFP mentor to get direct assistance tailored to the fellow’s experience, interest, and organization. This allows a multi-faceted dialogue that goes bi-directionally between mentor and mentee and encourages deep conversations amongst the cohort.
  • Two webinars;
  • Fundraising School, a two-day program presented by the Sanford School of Philanthropy;
  • Two networking mixers;
  • An orientation Session in January 2020 for all participants to meet AFP SV Board members, learn about program commitments and opportunities, sign up for activities, and participate in a community-building exercise with the fellowship class;
  • A round-table in August 2020, where fellowship participants will meet with AFPSV Board Members and past Presidents, as well as other experienced fundraising professionals to explore issues relating to diversity, inclusion, equity and access in the philanthropic sector, and to pitch projects and ideas to generate warm leads for their prospecting and networking activities;
  • Access to a full complement of on-line educational resources through AFP International; including AFP Global’s newest offering from Korn-Ferry a 360 career-building tool. 
  • A ticket to Silicon Valley Philanthropy Day.

In addition to all of the training benefits, fellows would have opportunities to network, meet leaders in the fundraising and philanthropic sector, and participate in leadership opportunities while they build fundraising capacity and increase mission impact. Please see the attached application to apply and for instructions for submission. The application deadline for 2020 was December 31, 2019 with fellows announced the first week of January. Questions, please email Manju Ramachandran, VP of IDEA AFP SV at

Download the Application (PDF) | Diversity Statement (Word)

Kathy Kwan

Endowed Fellowship Sponsors
Health Trust

Individual Contributors
Kathy Kwan
Avnish and Madhu Aggarwal 
Becky Levine

Manju Ramachandran, AFP SV VP of IDEA