Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA)
Inclusion Makes our Profession Stronger

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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.

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.

Shifting Behaviors Through Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access:
A collaboration with AFP Greater Los Angeles County
Friday, October 1, 2021

Members: $20
Non-Members: $30

We are living in a moment of time where acts of performative allyship are at an all-time high. How do we shut out the noise and focus on the work at hand? How do we come together and begin to dismantle systems that don’t serve us? There are many approaches we can take, but we must start at the beginning and take steps together.

Join us for a first-ever joint collaboration with our colleagues from AFP Greater Los Angeles County. This peer-led workshop will be facilitated by IDEA Committee members from each chapter, and will include breakout sessions on three IDEA-related topics:

  • My Experience as a Fundraiser of Color
  • Managing Up: Fundraisers of Color and their Managers
  • Power and Privilege: White Allyship in the Fundraising Space

We invite you to listen, learn and hold space for each other as we continue to heal and shift behaviors in this new era of philanthropy.

*Space is Limited

Register for October 1st Workshop



Lisa Baxter
Lisa J. Baxter, 
Director of Major Gifts
MLK Community Health Foundation
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Ishan Johnson
Ishan Johnson, Associate Director, Philanthropy
Art Institute of Chicago
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Ana Gonzalez
Ana Gonzalez, Director of Development
UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
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Fred Long
Fred Long, VP of Development
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Jennifer Maduko
Jennifer Maduko, Associate Director of Development
American Cancer Society
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Amelia Garza
Amelia Garza, Associate Director of Major Gifts for Neurosciences, Pediatrics, Cancer
Rush University Medical Center
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Patricia Broughton
Patricia Broughton, 
Senior Consultant
Evolve Giving Group
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Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers, Director of Development
Hyde Park Arts Center
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Jewelette Christopher
Jewelette Christopher, Director of Development
USC Marshall School of Business


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 Tricia Fusilero at [email protected], 312-500-1410.

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 purpose of AFP Chicago’s LGBTQ+ Affinity Group is to create space for Chicago LGBTQ+ fundraisers to build connections and community, discuss career strategies, and share fundraising 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/Pacific Islander (API) Affinity Group
The Asian/Pacific Islander Affinity Group provides opportunities for API development professionals to build community, explore our role as API fundraisers, and share successes, challenges, and resources.  The API Affinity Group welcomes any Chicago-based development professional with an API identity of any nationality, including but not limited to: Central Asian, East Asian, Native Hawaiian, Southeast Asian, South Asian and Middle East Asian. 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 (WFARE) Affinity Group
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

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 and identities. Come broaden your professional network and join AFP Chicago at an upcoming FREE virtual Affinity Group meeting.

To sign up for an upcoming meeting, check out our Calendar of Events!

Past Recording

We know your schedule is tight and so we’re offering this previously recorded program that can be watched from the comfort of your own home at your own pace. Bringing fundraising experts and thought leaders right to your desktop or mobile device.

Queering Philanthropy:
A Panel Discussion on Cultivating LQBTQ Donors

On September 23, 2020, the AFP Chicago LGBTQ+  Affinity Group presented an engaging panel discussion focused on cultivating philanthropy within the LGBTQ+ community. Our panelists discussed current giving trends, stewardship strategies, and the future of LGBTQ-focused giving both from the perspective of development professionals as well as philanthropists. 

BETSY RUBINSTEIN, MA, 2018 AFP Chicago Chamberlain Scholar, Major Gifts Officer, Lambda Legal

RICHARD BURNS, Consultant and Interim Executive Director, Johnson Family Foundation
DENISE FOY, Vice President, Health Solutions Business Operations, American Medical Association, Co-Chair LGBT Community Fund, Chicago Community Trust
ZAKIYA LORD, Senior Philanthropic Officer, Movement Voter Project

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AFP Chicago, We Stand in Solidarity.

The unjust murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others, and the unrest of the past week, has left our AFP Chicago community and our nation anguished and outraged. The tremendous outpouring of grief, anger, and pain we are seeing today is deeply rooted in systemic racism in our country and continued violence against the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color community. We must be moved to act and be willing to do our part to create a more just and equitable world - because Black lives matter.

We stand in solidarity with our friends, colleagues, and those fighting for racial justice. AFP Chicago is committed to inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA) for our members and our community. We are proud of the progress we have made, while acknowledging that we have more work to do. We continue to advance IDEA in our programming. We aim for at least 50 percent of our volunteers (speakers, committees, board of directors) to represent communities of color. Our Fellows program recognizes emerging leaders from underrepresented communities, and we award an annual IDEA scholarship for young professionals. We know that we can and should do better. We invite you to hold us accountable as we improve our efforts. 

Our chapter also offers a variety of affinity groups to promote dialogue and engage in conversations around common interests or issues. Join us in these conversations, even though they may be difficult, and be a part of the change this world needs to see.

As fundraisers and non-profit leaders, we have a responsibility to show up, stand up, and speak up in matters of racial and social justice. That is our challenge. That is our commitment.