Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access Program



AFP Massachusetts is committed to diversifying the development field. The AFP MA Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access ("IDEA") 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.

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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.

AFP defines diversity as a core value. It is an inclusive concept encompassing, without limitation, race, color, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation or identity; religion, nationality, age, economic class, education level, language, physical, mobility and ability, geography. And marital and parental status. The state of being diverse means having the broadest possible representation of individuals, experiences, and perspectives in all-encompassing terms. 

Applying for the IDEA Program

Thank you for your interest in the IDEA Fellowship program. This year we are taking a strategic pause on accepting new applications for the IDEA cohort. During this time, we will have the opportunity to address many aspects of our Fellowship program with an eye toward greater engagement and programming. Please check back in Fall 2023 for updates on next's year application. 

Benefits of the IDEA Program

IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) Fellows receive the following professional development opportunities (valued at approximately $2,500):

  • Scholarships to two annual conferences of the chapter
  • Complimentary attendance to a Fundraising Fundamentals Course
  • Complimentary attendance to all educational 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. Priority will be given to those with an organizational budget of $3M and under.
  • 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.
  • Submit an application fee of $100. The application fee is returned to candidates who are not accepted into the program following the interview process. AFP MA will consider financial hardship in accepting this fee.

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


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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