Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access Program

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Massachusetts is committed to encouraging persons who are underrepresented in the field to become active members of our organization. This program accepts up to ten fellows each year for a two-year program that includes complimentary AFP MA membership, training and networking, and a mentoring arrangement. The program is designed to help young fundraisers in their career and in their roles as fundraisers to have a positive impact on the missions they support. The application period for the 2020-2022 Class of Fellows has closed, please consider applying for the next year's class via the AFP MA IDEA Fellow Application or email the office at


Benefits of the IDEA Program

Diversity & Inclusion Fellows receive a complimentary two-year chapter membership and access to the following educational and professional development opportunities valued at approximately $2,500:

  • Scholarships to two annual conferences of the chapter
  • Complimentary attendance to the two-day AFP MA Fundraising Fundamentals Course
  • Complimentary attendance to chapter workshops for two years
  • A mentor relationship with a seasoned fundraising professional
  • Opportunities to meet and network with other fellows, members, and sponsors through organized events.


Eligibility for the IDEA Program

Candidates must meet these Eligibility Requirements:

  • Diverse background or experience which is underrepresented in the development field
  • Employed by a 501(c)(3) organization with an operating budget of under $3 million or an organizational fundraising goal of less than $1 million in private philanthropic dollars (Note: If you don't meet this criteria please click here to review this chart and if you have any additional questions please contact us; AFP MA can offer a limited number of paid fellowships).
  • Support of an immediate supervisor and/or executive team
  • Ability and commitment to participate in the programs that are offered by AFP MA Chapter
  • Ability to participate in an interview with members of the AFP MA Diversity Committee.

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 mentoring one of our diversity fellows please contact


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 or contact us by phone at (781) 894-3140.


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