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International Women’s Day

Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day. This day is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. During the month of March, we come together to challenge gender inequities and the struggles that women uniquely face.

As the President of your AFP-GPC Chapter, and Chair of the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) Committee, we are both inspired and committed to bringing programs and initiatives to our members that advance the fundraising workforce, a field that is made up of 70% of individuals identifying as women.

In the recent Women’s History Month letter to our AFP membership by Liz LeClair, CFRE, we learned that despite the field of fundraising being a women-majority sector, it is far from being women-led, with less than 20% of CEOs identifying as female.

Your AFP-GPC chapter is committed to addressing issues that face women and making you aware of the resources and programs available to our members, including:

The AFP IDEA Impact program uses a phased, multiyear approach to create initiatives focused on different diverse communities. Each initiative has four components; research, education and training, support, and awareness geared towards effectively preparing the next generation of diverse fundraisers to lead the profession. The program and its initiatives work to create a fundraising profession that is not only diverse, but inclusive and equitable.

The Women’s Impact Initiative (WII) addresses and highlights specific issues and challenges that women in the fundraising profession face. WII works on different aspects of gender equity in the profession, including awareness, research, mentoring, education and support and guidance.  Since 2018, the AFP Women’s Impact Initiative has:

  • Conducted ground-breaking research on sexual harassment and gender pay inequity in the fundraising profession;
  • Created new educational materials, including fact sheets, videos, workbooks and webinars, on all aspects of gender equity and equality;
  • Developed new policies and procedures for use by the association and to be used as a model for charities around the world;
  • Launched mentorship, executive coaching, and cultural awareness programs to advance women’s issues; and
  • Inspired thousands of women and their allies to stand up, speak out and take action as we work to create a profession that is equitable, inclusive, diverse and effective


The AFP community is committed to standing together to limit the severity of the socioeconomic damage on our profession experienced due to the pandemic. Now more than ever, we must focus on our responsibility to not only invest in the areas of equity and access, but also to lead the charge to ensure that our sector stays relevant to fundraisers and donors. We invite you to join our efforts by sharing your time and talent on a committee like IDEA that advances initiatives focused on diverse communities. We advocate, support and fight for each other, and by doing so, will continue to build for our colleagues, communities, families, and generations to come.

With gratitude, 

Doris Parent                                   Simone S. Jeffers

President, AFP-GPC                       Chair, IDEA Committee, AFP-GPC Board Member

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