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AFP Alaska Chapter Honored as Friends of Diversity Designation Chapter


(Arlington, Va.) – The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) AFP Alaska Chapter has been named a 2016 Friends of Diversity Designation Chapter.


Every year, AFP, the largest association of professional fundraisers in the world, honors chapters for achieving goals that align with key objectives in its long-range strategic plan. Chapters receive the Friends of Diversity Designation for performing specific activities designed to increase diversity and inclusion within fundraising and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy. Of the 244 chapters in AFP, 76 chapters received the 2016 Friends of Diversity Designation.


Chapter president Ken Miller said, “We are honored and humbled to be named a AFP Friends of Diversity chapter in the AFP association and look forward to reach out to diverse groups and peoples within the Alaskan philanthropy community.”


Friends of Diversity Chapters are recognized at the AFP International Conference on Fundraising. Chapters also earn the privilege of displaying the Friends of Diversity logo on their website, newsletters and stationary.


“Congratulations to the AFP Alaska Chapter for its outstanding work in promoting diversity and inclusion in fundraising and philanthropy,” said AFP Interim President & CEO Jason Lee. “It’s clear, now more than ever, that diversity and inclusion are essential not only to fundraising, but also to the communities that we serve. We need new ideas and perspectives to keep philanthropy strong and relevant, and reaching out to different populations ensures we bring everyone together and create a charitable mosaic reflective of our communities. I commend the AFP Alaska Chapter for taking a leadership role in this critical area and educating the public about the importance of diversity, fundraising and philanthropy.”


Criteria for the award are determined by AFP International Headquarters. A list of several goals is published annually, and chapters must accomplish 7 of these goals during the year and submit a nomination form for verification to be honored.


For more information on the Friends of Diversity Designation process, please visit http://www.afpnet.org/About/content.cfm?ItemNumber=4365


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