The Association of Fundraising Professionals Triad Chapter is a 2017 Friends of Diversity Designation Chapter—the only chapter to receive the recognition in the state of North Carolina. AFP International will present the award at the 55th AFP International Fundraising Conference, April 15-17, 2018, in New Orleans.

Dale Melton, president of AFP Triad, shared this news with the chapter’s Board of Directors, extending high praise for the work of past president Pam Anglin, Director of Resource Development at Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County; Latonya Wright, Development Director of the Winston-Salem Symphony; chapter administrator Jean Krapfel, and the Chapter Board of Directors during 2017 that achieved the distinguishing status.

AFP International awards the diversity designation based on chapters’ abilities to meet the following mandatory requirements:

·         The chapter has discussed and defined the definition of diversity in fundraising for the community that the chapter serves.

·         The chapter has established a diversity and inclusion chair and/or committee that will serve the planning and guiding role for the chapter’s diversity efforts.

·         The chapter’s communication policy or practice insures that all chapter material uses inclusive language and imagery that reflect AFP’s diversity goal.

·         The Chapter’s Board passed or reaffirmed a Board resolution that defines the chapter’s commitment to diversity and Inclusion, and is reviewed at least every three years.

·         The chapter created OR worked on implementation of a previously-created written diversity and inclusion plan in 2017.

·         The chapter held an organized event or activity in 2017 that either focused on or incorporated the importance of diversity and/or inclusion.

Moving forward, the Diversity Committee of the AFP Triad Board of Directors has been renamed as Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (I.D.E.A), following the recommendations of AFP International. The position paper for IDEA is available on afpnet.org