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Chapter Honored for Diversity




DATE:                   Feb. 22, 2017

FOR RELEASE: Immediate

CONTACT:          Brian Daly, Diverity Chair,

Association of Fundraising Professionals Desert Communities Chapter  HONORED AS A FRIENDS OF DIVERSITY DESIGNATION CHAPTER 

(Arlington, Va.) – The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Association of Fundraising Professionals Desert Communities Chapter has been named a 2016 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 244 chapters in AFP, 74 chapters received the 2016 Friends of Diversity Designation.

Sarah Clapp, 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 2016 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.

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

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The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents 33,000 members in 244 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

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