IDEA - Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access 

Inclusion makes our profession stronger.

Cross-pollinating ideas among those from diverse backgrounds fuels innovation and keeps us all sharp. Diversity and inclusion are a cornerstone of AFP Chicago’s values that guides our governance, our organization, and our programs.

In 2004, AFP Chicago’s Board of Directors resolved to embrace diversity in principle and in action through an all-encompassing definition:

Diversity is the seeking and achieving of a broad representation of experiences, perspectives, opinions, and cultures. Inclusiveness is an essential source of vitality and strength for the effective pursuit of an organization’s mission.

We walk the talk on inclusion. Through our programs, AFP Chicago facilitates dialogue among many voices as we share observations and practices with our peers.

AFP Chicago is honored by the “Friends of Diversity” designation from AFP International. The award recognizes our chapter’s effectiveness in embracing and engaging diverse individuals, groups, and organizations within our profession. AFP Chicago has earned this designation annually since 2007, its charter year.

Join an AFP Chicago Affinity Group Today!

AFP Chicago seeks individuals interested in exploring future networking opportunities and to get involved. To join one or more of these groups, please contact Becky Gilbert at [email protected], 630-599-7105.

AFP Chicago African American Affinity Group
The AFP Chicago African American Affinity Group seeks to create a cohort of like-minded fundraisers to discuss strategies, turn obstacles into successes, and build a strong sense of community.

AFP Chicago LGBTQ+ Affinity Group
The AFP Chicago LGBTQ Affinity Group provides opportunities for LGBTQ members of AFP Chicago to come together periodically for professional and social networking. By recognizing an affinity among this population, AFP Chicago becomes more personal and relevant while providing opportunities to discuss career advancement, successes, and challenges.

AFP Chicago Latinx Affinity Group
The AFP Chicago Latinx Affinity Group serves to strengthen the nonprofit community by creating a space where Latinx fundraisers can develop relationships, provide support, and share resources.

AFP Chicago Asian American/Pacific Islander Affinity Group
Asian American/Pacific Islander Affinity Group is intended to provide opportunities for AA/PI development professionals to network, build community, and share fundraising successes, challenges, and resources.  To learn more and to be notified about upcoming events, please contact Christopher Chantson at [email protected].

AFP Chicago White Fundraisers Advocating for Racial Equity
Understanding that white people have a responsibility to address and dismantle racism, White Fundraisers Advocating for Racial Equity aims to develop a shared understanding of systemic racism’s manifestation in fundraising, nonprofits, and philanthropy; support individual growth for fundraisers to become anti-racist; and develop tools, techniques, and support for fundraisers to influence change in their workplaces and the broader sector towards a more racially-equitable society.

Upcoming AFP Chicago Affinity Groups Virtual Meetings
Open to all ~ members and non-members 

AFP Chicago's Affinity Groups are formed around common interests or issues. They offer opportunities to meet and form relationships with colleagues who have similar backgrounds/identities. Come broaden your professional network and join AFP Chicago at an upcoming FREE virtual Affinity Group meeting. 

African American Affinity Group
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Special guest Felicia Davis, President and CEO of the Chicago Foundation for Women, will be joining us.


LGBTQ+ Affinity Group

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

White Fundraisers Advocating for Racial Equity

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
All are welcome to join this affinity group's Zoom gathering.



Latinx Affinity Group
Thursday, June 11, 2020
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.






© 2013 Association of Fundraising Professionals Chicago Chapter
1717 North Naper Boulevard Suite 102 Naperville, IL 60563 | Phone: 630-416-1166  | Fax: 630-596-1042