Diversity

AFP Cleveland Board Resolution on IDEA

We, the board of the AFP Cleveland Chapter, acknowledge and adopt AFP Global’s broad and all-encompassing definition for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA):

Inclusion: The ability of AFP GC to attract, retain, accommodate, and involve a range of diverse people representing a wide range of organization types who are valued, accepted, and comfortable.

Diversity: AFP GC defines diversity as a core value. It is an inclusive concept encompassing all individuals and communities. The state of being diverse means having the broadest possible representation of individuals, experiences, and perspectives in all-encompassing terms.

Equity: 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, obligations and opportunities.

Access: The commitment to foster 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 that our members serve. 

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS the vision of AFP GC is to stimulate a community of generosity and positive social good through fundraising best practice; and,

WHEREAS the mission of AFP GC 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 AFP GC 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 AFP GC 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 AFP GC will be guided by the principle that equity means more than treating people in 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, obligations and opportunities; and,

WHEREAS AFP GC 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 AFP GC is committed to inclusion, diversity, equity and access in the selection process and criteria for all contractors, volunteer positions, board appointments, committees and working groups; and,

WHEREAS the AFP GC Board will set IDEA goals appropriately aligned with their position as an regional organization; and,

WHEREAS the IDEA committee chair will report to the Board twice each year on initiatives taken to advance our inclusiveness, and demonstrate our commitment to diversity, equity and access; and,

WHEREAS the IDEA committee will set IDEA goals, consistent with the overarching AFP GC goals but tailored to meet the chapter’s unique constituents and stakeholders;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT AFP GC will be a regional leader in achieving inclusion, diversity, equity and access by taking continuous, quantifiable actions dedicated to these goals through AFP governance; leadership; chapters; committees; membership; volunteers; and programs and activities.

ADOPTED by the AFP Cleveland Board of Directors: September 17, 2019