AFP South Sound is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We believe in creating safe, inclusive environments where people feel valued, heard and respected, and recognize that is an ongoing process.
Yesterday our board became aware of recent messaging from planned speaker, Tom Ahern, that we and our community members experienced as divisive, derogatory and hurtful. We heard and felt the negative impact these statements had on our community, especially those who face racism and white supremacy every day.
The statements made by Tom Ahern are his own, and are not in alignment with our values. The previously scheduled program for March 26 has been canceled. Registrants will be issued a full refund.
We are grateful for the honest feedback and dialogue from our global community.
Association of Fundraising Professionals, South Sound Chapter Board of Directors
Dated: Friday, March 19, 2021