Board statement on commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA):hands-2082x1171.jpg

The Mid-Hudson Valley Association of Fundraising Professionals is committed to education and investment in the areas of inclusion, diversity, equity and access. The Chapter does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, or military status in any of its operations. Further, we are committed to actively providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our Chapter.

Whereas the vision of MHVAFP is to stimulate a world of generosity and positive social good through fundraising best practice, and

Whereas the mission of MHVAFP is to empower individuals and organizations to practice ethical fundraising through professional education, networking, research and advocacy, and

Whereas philanthropy requires a continuous renewal of ideas and perspectives that reflect the evolving needs and diversity of the communities it is embedded in through the equitable participation of its members, and

Whereas MHVAFP recognizes inclusion as essential to the vitality, creativity, innovation, strength and impact of any organization and that inclusion involves respectful environments intentionally open to all, values and welcomes the contributions and equitable participation of every individual and reflects and represents those they serve, and

Whereas MHVAFP recognizes the diverse makeup within and between the communities that we serve and values these differences as integral to our overall makeup, operation and effectiveness as a worldwide association, and

Whereas MHVAFP will be guided by the principle that equity means more than treating people the same way, it requires creating a level playing field for individuals or groups according to their respective needs, which may include equal treatment or treatment that is different but is considered equivalent in terms of rights, benefits, obligation and opportunities, and

Whereas MHVAFP is committed to fostering attitudes, behaviors, and procedures to facilitate access that promotes equity and diversity, fosters inclusion and allows people to maximize their contribution to our association and communities they serve, and

Whereas MHVAFP is committed to inclusion, diversity, equity and access in the selection process and criteria for all members, and

Whereas the President will report to the Board each year on initiatives taken to advance our inclusiveness and demonstrate our commitment to diversity, equity and access, and

Whereas the Chapter will set IDEA goals consistent with the overarching AFP goals but tailored to meet our Chapter’s unique constituents and stakeholders;

Therefore be it resolved that AFP will lead our sector in achieving inclusion, diversity, equity and access by taking continuous, quantifiable actions, dedicated to these goals, throughout AFP governance, leadership and staff.