The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Association of Fundraising Professionals Desert Communities Chapter has been named a 2015 Friends of Diversity Designation Chapter.


Every year, AFP, the largest association of professional fundraisers in the world, honors chapters for achieving goals that align with key objectives in its long-range strategic plan. Chapters receive the Friends of Diversity Designation for performing specific activities designed to increase diversity and inclusion within fundraising and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy. Of the 243 chapters in AFP, 74 chapters received the 2015 Friends of Diversity Designation.

Terri Bona, President of AFP Desert Communities Chapter is quoted:


“It is an honor and a privilege to be one of the 74 chapters that has received the 2015 Friends of Diversity Designation.


The Desert Communities Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals sought to achieve a broad representation of experiences, perspectives, and cultures to our chapter.  Our efforts were to intentionally create a respectful and welcoming environment that is open to all.  We appreciate the unique contributions of every member of our desert community as we continue to embrace all.”


Friends of Diversity Chapters are recognized at the AFP International Conference on Fundraising. Chapters also earn the privilege of displaying the Friends of Diversity logo on their website, newsletters and stationary.


“I want to congratulate the LOCAL CHAPTER NAME, which is playing a key role in the COMMUNITY NAME area in promoting diversity and inclusion in ethical and effective fundraising and educating the public about the importance of philanthropy and wise giving,” said Andrew Watt, FInstF, president and CEO of AFP. “Our Friends of Diversity Chapters embody the AFP Diversity and Inclusion Philosophy which is that diversity and inclusion create a strong, vital and unified force for the effective pursuit of an organization’s mission and achieving philanthropic success, and I’m pleased to recognize their outstanding efforts. If individuals and organizations in the COMMUNITY NAME area have questions about fundraising and philanthropy, they should definitely contact the LOCAL CHAPTER NAME.”


Criteria for the award are determined by AFP International Headquarters. A list of several goals is published annually, and chapters must accomplish 7 of these goals during the year and submit a nomination form for verification to be honored.

For more information on the Friends of Diversity Designation process, please visit


The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents 33,000 members in 243 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession. For more information, visit