AFP Diversity Committee and Scholarship
The Piedmont Chapter of AFP is deeply committed to enriching diversity and inclusion through on-going, intentional efforts to cultivate a welcoming chapter environment for all members of the Upstate community. We strive to recognize each individual as an asset, nurture and promote accessibility, and provide an inclusive climate with respect and empathy for all. This committee plans to ensure this mission's success through the following goals:
Goal #1: Develop a committee to deliver innovative IDEA programming
At the end of 2017, Piedmont Chapter had an IDEA Chair and one committee member. We’d like to increase the committee by 2-3 members in 2018. Additionally, we plan to collaborate with other professional organizations (young professional organizations, National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), Hispanic Alliance etc.) to deliver innovative programming and expand the knowledge base of our members.
Goal #2: Diversify general membership and Board leadership
Piedmont Chapter seeks ways to increase the numbers of men, underrepresented minorities, and fundraisers from small/rural NPOs serving on the Board and in general membership. In 2017, our chapter had 134 members. Our goal is to increase membership by at least 5% in 2018. The demographics of our members in 2017 were:
80 Ethnicity not disclosed
64 Sex not disclosed
Goal #3: Establish a mentorship program to provide access to knowledge, situations, or networks and to better understand issues facing other people.
The Piedmont Chapter will establish a mentoring program focused on the quality over quantity of matches. First, identify mentor and mentee population and set clear expectations for the mentoring program. Determine duration of the match and what type of structured events and regular communication will be expected. The chapter will research best practices on mentor/mentee pairing and seek ways to evaluate and measure program effectiveness.
If you are interested in joining the AFP SC, Piedmont Chapter's Diversity Committee, please contact Angel Williams.
Partial membership scholarships are available to new members who help fulfill the chapter’s commitment to diversity and enhance the diversity its membership. For more information on the Diversity Scholarship, please contact AFP Piedmont Chapter’s Diversity Chair, Angel Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadlines are June 1 and October 1.