IDEA Scholarship

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Scholarship Program

We recognize that Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) are central to our mission, and expect all organizational interactions to reflect IDEA Principles, including a demonstrated appreciation for different voices, active listening; open to disparate viewpoints and opinions, and facilitating dialogues among the diverse groups.

The AFP-WNY Chapter seeks to increase inclusion, diversity, equity and access in its membership roster, and so invites professional colleagues that may represent one or more IDEA constituencies to apply for an opportunity to join our chapter as new members at no cost to them or their organization. Through a limited annual scholarship program, the AFP-WNY Chapter will cover the full cost for a year’s membership, including chapter dues, and 1 series or flex pass for professional development programs. AFP WNY is committed to promoting an inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible organization where every member, volunteer, staff and board member can realize their potential and have their contributions valued.

Who are we looking for?

To qualify for this offer, individuals must represent one or more IDEA constituencies and be a new member of AFP. AFP defines diversity as a core value. It is an inclusive concept encompassing, without limitation, race, color, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or identity; religion, nationality, age, economic class, educational level, language, physical, mobility and ability, geography, and marital and parental status. AFP’s diverse communities include: African-American/Black, Asian, People with Disabilities, Faith-based, LGBTQ, Hispanic, Jewish, Rural, or another underrepresented community.

They also must subscribe to the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards and its bylaws, promote the Donor Bill of Rights, and be employed or have been employed by an organization that provides benefits to society.

Resources, networking and guidance

In exchange for this scholarship, these new members will commit to a year of participation with one of our chapter committees: Membership, Professional Advancement, External Relations, National Philanthropy Day or IDEA. If they choose, they will also be matched with mentors through our chapter's Mentoring Partnership Program to help them get the most out of their membership and to provide feedback to the membership.