The IDEA Fellowship is an all-inclusive “Golden Ticket” to AFP-MN that will be awarded to people of color/indigenous people (POCI) currently working in fundraising or wanting to explore the profession of fundraising. As such, the Fellowship includes full membership in both the Minnesota Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP-MN) and in AFP International. In addition to membership, the Fellowship includes free access to all of AFP-MN’s in-person educational and networking events (approx. 12 per year), the annual MCN-AFP Fundraising Conference (in July), National Philanthropy Day (in November), and in addition, Fellows will have access to fundraising mentorship opportunities if they want them.
In addition, IDEA Fellows will benefit from a cohort model, where they will have opportunities to meet with each other and other IDEA champions to learn, share, build relationships with each other and key leaders in the field, and support each other throughout the year.
Another special leadership opportunity wrapped within the Fellowship is that it will provide Fellows with a platform to assess AFP-MN, note its strengths, and point out its weaknesses, in its current efforts to serve and contribute to a robust and racially diverse fundraising profession. Fellows will have the ear of AFP-MN leadership, who will be eager to hear how the fundraising profession needs to change to invite, welcome, sustain, and promote fundraisers of color throughout the sector.