"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have too much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little."

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Diversity and Outreach

The mission of the Diversity and Outreach Committee of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is to ensure that our membership, events and programs include a rich mixture of individuals and organizations that, through distinctive viewpoints, contribute to our chapter, our national organization and our industry.

To encourage and promote the professional development of individuals and inclusion of organizations from under-represented groups; promote a heightened awareness of and sensitivity to working with and within diverse populations; and, encourage inclusiveness of diversity within the chapter and the fundraising community.

A Message from the Committee Chair . . .

As society grows and evolves, our communities become more diverse and complex. People are more upwardly mobile and are not blocked from opportunities because of gender, religion, ethnicity or sexual preference.

Members of minority groups are emerging as a majority force with a strong voice and a clear presence. In 2012 women made up 46.9% of the workforce. People of color (non-Caucasian) accounted for 63% of the population in the Philadelphia area according to a 2010 study conducted by The Pew Charitable Trusts.and our Gay and Lesbian brothers and sisters have taken the national stage given the Supreme Court’s recent hearings on same sex marriage.

Together these groups form a diverse and multi-textured tapestry that is the realistic face of today’s society. Within this rich social tapestry are emerging constituencies of donors and philanthropists who are committed and compassionate about causes they care about deeply.

The Diversity and Outreach Committee is committed to providing a forum that facilitates learning and information sharing to engage emerging donors from diverse background to help them achieve their philanthropic goals. And the Diversity and Outreach Committee is stalwart in connecting with fundraising professionals from diverse backgrounds to provide them with a sense of community while giving them the tools and the knowledge to successful reach and engage these upcoming philanthropists from diverse backgrounds.

The Diversity and Outreach Committee holds workshops and gatherings throughout the year to learn from experts and from each other with the primary goal to be effective fundraisers in our community at large.

I encourage you get involved, become an AFPGPC member (if you aren’t already) and attend some our events and activities. I look forward to meeting you at an event soon.


Steve Wasserleben
Chair, Diversity and Outreach Committee