INCLUSION, DIVERSITY, EQUITY and ACCESS
AFP Triangle recognizes Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) as essential to effective philanthropy, involving respectful environments intentionally open to all. Accordingly, AFP Triangle hereby establishes this policy on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access to inform all Chapter policies, procedures, relationships and activities. We hereby endorse the IDEA Policy adopted by AFP Global on October 14, 2017 with particular emphasis on the following values and goals:
- Effective philanthropy requires a continuous renewal and gathering of ideas and perspectives that reflect the evolving needs and diversity of the communities we serve.
- AFP Triangle recognizes the diversity of the communities that we serve and values these differences as integral to our overall makeup and effectiveness.
- AFP Triangle appreciates and celebrates the respective needs of each individual or group we serve. We practice equity for all in terms of rights, benefits, access, and opportunities.
- AFP Triangle is committed to inclusion, diversity, equity and access in the selection of all staff and volunteers as well as the diversity of its membership.
- AFP Triangle’s President will report to the Membership and to AFP Global at least yearly on initiatives taken to advance our Inclusion and demonstrate our commitment to diversity, equity and access.
Words Matter – Our Definitions:
Inclusion: The act of creating environments in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate. An inclusive and welcoming climate embraces differences and offers respect in words and actions for all people. While an inclusive group is by definition diverse, a diverse group isn’t always inclusive. Increasingly, recognition of unconscious or ‘implicit bias’ helps organizations to be deliberate about addressing issues of inclusivity.
Diversity: All the ways in which people differ, encompassing the different characteristics that make one individual or group different from another. While diversity is often used in reference to race, ethnicity, and gender, we embrace a broader definition of diversity that also includes age, national origin, religion, non-religion, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, and physical appearance. Our definition also includes diversity of thought: ideas, perspectives, and values. We also recognize that individuals affiliate with multiple cultural identities.
Equity: The fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some individuals or groups. Improving equity involves increasing justice and fairness within the procedures and processes of institutions or systems, as well as in their distribution of resources. Tackling equity issues requires an understanding of the root causes of outcome disparities within our society.
Access: The commitment to foster attitudes, behaviors, and procedures to facilitate access that promotes equity and diversity, fosters inclusion and allows people to maximize their contribution to and involvement in our association and communities that our members serve.