AFP Central Ohio Statement on IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) 

Central Ohio AFP Board of Directors

AFP’s vision is to stimulate a world of generosity and positive social good through fundraising best practices. Our mission is to empower individuals and organizations to practice ethical fundraising through professional education, networking, research, and advocacy. As part of our commitment to educating and encouraging our members and the nonprofit sector to better serve their respective communities, we value inclusiveness, equity, access, and justice as essential sources of vitality and strength. This commitment to inclusiveness empowers the effective and equitable pursuit of our chapter and profession’s mission.

AFP defines diversity as the seeking and achieving of a broad representation of experiences, perspectives, opinions, and cultures. Bearing in mind our organizational commitment to diversity as an ongoing proactive process in its governance, chapters, committees, membership, programs, and activities, we believe AFP has an opportunity and a responsibility to invest in and lead the charge in the areas of equity and access in the nonprofit sector. We also believe 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.

As such, the AFP Central Ohio Chapter values individual and organizational diversity in all dimensions including gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical abilities, neurodiversity, and socio-economic status. The differences and similarities that make us diverse can be internal (dimensions one is born with), external (dimensions that can change over time), or situational (dimensions that can change based on one’s vocation or life experience). As part of our commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access, the AFP Central Ohio Board of Directors will practice regular, proactive exploration of potential underlying, unquestioned assumptions and biases that interfere with inclusiveness. We are committed to ensuring that our profession and chapter:

  • Provides equal access and opportunity to all members; 
  • Proactively engages current members;
  • Intentionally seeks new members from diverse backgrounds and interests;
  • All chapter materials use inclusive language and imagery that reflect AFP’s IDEA commitment
  • Advances inclusion throughout decision-making and leadership roles; and,
  • Reflects the communities in which we live, work, and serve.

The AFP Central Ohio Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access Committee furthermore commits to working closely and collaboratively with all other AFP Central Ohio committees to model and measure best practices in the areas of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access.

Originally written and approved in 2014. Reapproved in 2017. Modified/approved in 2020. Reapproved in 2023.

I.D.E.A Chair (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access)

Rachel Heine (she/her/hers)

Director of Development - Columbus Metropolitan Library

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Position Title: I.D.E.A Chair (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) FKA Diversity and Inclusion Committee Capacity: Board Member Reports to: Vice President of Membership Key Responsibilities:

  • Organizes and chairs Committee meetings
  • Recruits and enlists committee members; monitors the work of volunteers to ensure timely completion of assignments
  • Develops programs that respond to the needs of Chapter members in promoting diverse populations with their organizations
  • Works with the Membership Committee to promote diversity in Chapter membership
  • Creates/Updates I.D.E.A. plan for the Chapter on an annual basis
  • With Chapter Administrator, ensures the Chapter achieves AFP Global Friends of Diversity designation
  • Works with Education Committee and Affinity Groups & Peer Cohorts Chair to assure support for I.D.E.A. activities
  • Develops and submits a budget to the Treasurer by designated deadline; monitors committee income and expenditures
  • Provides timely and up-to-date content to Chapter Administrator and Marketing Chair for website and digital publications
  • Works to successfully achieve goals outlined in Chapter Strategic Plan
  • Ensures there is a succession plan to cultivate a new chair to take his/her place as needed
  • Celebrates success; ensures that celebration includes expressions of gratitude to volunteers
  • Adheres to policies and Board responsibilities as adopted by the Board of Directors
  • Upon leaving office, transfers all records to successor