Access: It means more than opening a door
When AFP Global presented the challenge to its chapters to weave inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (I.D.E.A.) into everything they do, our chapter embraced the challenge because we want our chapter to reflect the diverse richness of the community. The Association of Fundraising Professionals of Southeastern Wisconsin has never been an exclusive organization. And yet our chapter is predominantly and culturally white. The chapter doors are open, but invisible barriers might still exist keeping people of color, the LGBTQ community, and many others outside.
The Quest for Equity: How far out of reach is it?
Equity means being fair and a whole lot more. In an equitable society, people have access to the necessities of life with no obstacles based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, or gender to name a few. In an equitable society, people can go as far as their talents and abilities will allow. It sounds quite simple. Why isn’t this our reality?