AFP Massachusetts is committed to diversifying the development field. The AFP MA IDEA Program (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) is designed to help young fundraisers in their careers and in their roles as fundraisers to have a positive impact on the missions they support. We accept up to ten fellows each year for a two-year program that includes complimentary AFP MA programs, training and networking, and a mentoring arrangement.
We are proud to post our chapter's 2021 IDEA Champion Certificate below. This certificate is awarded to chapters demonstrating a commitment to increasing inclusion, diversity, equity, and access in the fundraising profession.
We are currently accepting applications for the 2023-25 IDEA Fellowship Program and will continue to do so through April 20, 2023. Please consider applying for next year's class by completing the Fellowship Application - IDEA Program here:
Benefits of the IDEA Program
IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) Fellows receive the following professional development opportunities (valued at approximately $2,500):
Eligibility for the IDEA Program
Candidates must meet these Eligibility Requirements:
Note: You need not be a current member of the AFP Massachusetts Chapter to apply.
If you are a senior practitioner with 6+ years of experience and have an interest in being a mentor in the diversity fellowship program please contact email@example.com.
Testimonials from Past Fellows
"I gained new skills and information for writing successful grants, along with contact information for resources from different individuals and companies. It's a great program and asset to any one that has the opportunity to attend!"
"The big benefit was attending any of the AFP educational events. It helped me learn a lot. The largest benefit was being provided a mentor. I just spoke with her recently and it is nice to stay connected to her. She helped me with my resume and with building my confidence. She also helped me get this job by introducing me to someone here in New York, so I would not be in this role without being introduced to my mentor through the AFP program."
"The program gave me a window into the varying aspects of fundraising and the opportunity to be around people in the field and learning by taking advantage of the programs. Having the "Fellows badge" made me feel a part of things and encouraged me to grow in the work. It was a signature that I was supposed to be growing and advancing in my career which was helpful. So development is now officially in my blood. Thanks in large part to AFP."
"Being an AFP Diversity Fellow was a great experience and I would recommend anyone in my field to apply to this fellowship. In addition to the networking and educational benefits of attending their big annual conference, AFP also provides workshops and courses on interesting topics that I am able to learn from and use in my profession. My advice is to fully utilize all the events and courses that AFP offers during your time as a Diversity Fellow."
Questions regarding the Diversity Fellowship Program may be sent to the Massachusetts Chapter office at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us by phone at (781) 894-3140.
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