Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA)

We envision a community where every member, volunteer, and leader can realize their potential and have their contributions valued and heard. Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) are central to our mission to elevate the fundraising profession. In 2018, our board of directors adopted a statement of principles reflecting our efforts to embrace diversity. We are committed to looking inward at our organizational shortfalls to develop strategic ways to support, empower, and uplift our members.


  • To develop and maintain a diverse organization that reflects, is responsive to, and embraces the diversity of the communities we serve throughout the world, respecting and valuing all people.

  • To promote an inclusive, equitable, and accessible organization where every member, volunteer and board member can realize their potential and have their contributions valued.
  • To respond to the immediate needs of the broader community to set realistic goals around racial equity. 


  • To look inward (as a board) and learn how to position ourselves as stronger IDEA ambassadors by scheduling two trainings on racial equity this calendar year.

  • To listen to the needs of fundraising professionals in Houston through a series of listening tours to better serve the profession locally.

  • To offer scholarships specific to individuals and/or organizations with the intent of obliterating potential racial inequities within our current membership base. 

  • To increase the number of diverse members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals - Greater Houston Chapter (AFP-GHC).

Statement from Mike Geiger, AFP Global President & CEO
IDEA Resolution
Our Right to Heal (AFP Global)