Your Association of Fundraising Professionals Southwest Florida Chapter Board of Directors announced its dedication to diversity and inclusion in the profession of fundraising by a reading of the newly-adopted chapter Diversity Statement and Board Resolution at the February meeting

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The Board Resolution and statement of commitment to diversity are just the first steps the chapter will take in a long-term effort to help our local philanthropic community be one of inclusion, equity, and access - that achieves a broad representation of experiences, perspectives, opinions, and cultures.

Below please find the text of the chapter Diversity Statement and the Board Resolution. If you have any questions about or are interested in joining the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, please email Jennifer Bushinger Ortiz.


Your Diversity & Inclusion Committee

AFP Southwest Florida Chapter defines diversity as a core value in relation to board members and individual chapter members, the organizational missions they represent, the people they serve, and the community within which AFP Southwest Florida Chapter operates. It is an inclusive concept encompassing, without limitation, race, color, ethnicity, culture, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation or identity on the LGBTQ+ spectrum, religion or lack thereof, age, economic class, educational level, rural or urban location (geography), language, immigration status, physical mobility and ability, and marital and parental status. The state of being diverse means having the broadest possible representation of individuals, experiences, and perspectives in all-encompassing terms.

Board Resolution
Adopted by the Board of Directors December 11, 2018

WHEREAS the mission of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Southwest Florida Chapter (AFP-SWFL) is to enable people and organizations throughout southwest Florida to practice effective and ethical fundraising through education, training, mentoring, research, credentialing, and advocacy; and,

WHEREAS AFP-SWFL is committed to educating and encouraging its members and the non-profit sector to better serve their respective communities; and,

WHEREAS AFP-SWFL defines diversity as the seeking and achieving of a broad representation of experiences, perspectives, opinions, and cultures; and,

WHEREAS AFP-SWFL values inclusiveness as an essential source of vitality and strength for the effective pursuit of an organization’s mission;

THEREFORE IT BE RESOLVED THAT AFP is committed to diversity as an ongoing proactive process in its governance, chapter, committees, membership, programs, and activities.