Our Commitment TO I.D.E.A.


The Association of Fundraising Professionals Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter (AFPSEWI) is committed to developing and maintaining a diverse organization that reflects, is responsive to, and embraces the diversity of the communities we serve in Southeastern Wisconsin; respecting and valuing all people.
AFPSEWI is committed to promoting an inclusive, equitable, and accessible organization where every member, volunteer, staff, and board member can realize their personal and professional potential and have their contributions valued.

AFP recognizes that Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access (IDEA) are central to its mission.

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Statement of Principles


  • Recognizing others as different but equal.
  • Respect and empathy for all.
  • Trust and integrity that facilitates the integration of different and multiple voices in organizational discourse.
  • Demonstrated appreciation for different voices, active listening; open to disparate viewpoints and opinions, and facilitating dialogues among the diverse groups.
  • Practicing and encouraging transparent communication in all interactions.
  • Developing participative decision making; problem-solving; and, team capabilities.
  • Exploring potential underlying, unquestioned assumptions that interfere with inclusiveness.


I.D.E.A. Defined


The ability of AFP to attract, retain, accommodate, and involve a range of diverse people who are valued, accepted, and comfortable at the international, national, regional, or local chapter level.

AFP defines diversity as a core value.  It is an inclusive concept encompassing, without limitation, race, color, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or identity; religion, nationality, age, economic class, educational 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.

Creating a level playing field for individuals or groups according to their respective needs, which may include equal treatment or treatment that is different but is considered equivalent in terms of rights, benefits, obligations, and opportunities.

The commitment to foster attitudes, behaviors, and procedures to facilitate access that promotes equity and diversity, fosters inclusion, and allows people to maximize their contribution to our association and communities that our members serve.


Additional Resources


Anti-racism Resources from Mount Mary University

Beyond Services: Being the Voice of the Unheard

AFP Global Townhall on Anti-Racism, Inclusion, and Fundraising

"Trauma Stewardship" by Connie Burk & Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

TED Talks: How to Overcome Our Biases - Walk boldly toward them