Advancing Philanthropy October 2020 - 5

From the Chair

Diversity Makes Us Stronger, Better
By Martha Schumacher, CFRE, ACFRE, MInstF

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oe. Luis. Miguel, Maria Isabella and MiguelĂ­n. These are
my niece, sister's partner, uncle and cousins. Born and
raised in Guatemala, Nicaragua and Spain, respectively,
all are identified in North America
as visible minorities or people
of color.
Each are critically important
members of my personal
community ... and yet.
While treasured family
members, they also aren't
my community. Their lived
experience is entirely different from mine as they walk
through the world, often being treated as "other."
This stark reality has been a primary driver of my AFP
service. In sum, one powerful strategic plan objective:
Create a welcoming environment for diverse fundraising
professionals.
As we navigate these times of great turbulence and
division across the globe, it's an important reminder that
communities define who we are, what we do, and why
we do it.
Communities are made up of the people we know
well-family, friends and neighbors; those with whom
we work and volunteer; and curated collectives such as
dance troupes or hiking clubs-as well as larger group
affiliations like our chosen political party.
Speaking of politics, during these increasingly
polarized times, here's a community-building
assignment, one I give myself every morning (and often
fail miserably at by the way, but persistence is key!):
Listen and Learn.
If someone in your community calls you out on a
comment you've made, table that defensiveness and
listen. If you feel attacked and want to fight back, put
away your boxing gloves and listen. Then take a deep
breath, hit the pause button and ask: What did I say and
why did I say it? What have I learned? And how can I do
better next time?
Above all, please remember: It's not about you.
It's about supporting and connecting with others to
build a more vibrant, collaborative, equitable and
evolved community.

October 2020 / www.afpglobal.org	

Along those lines, in my last column as chair, I'd like
to take this opportunity to recognize a very special
collective near and dear to my heart: the AFP Global
Board of Directors and staff. I am eternally grateful for
you and forever proud of the work we've accomplished
together during one of the most challenging times in
AFP's 60-year history.
Removing systemic barriers to board service;
requiring organizations posting in the career center
to list salary ranges; and launching crucial affinity
groups, including Black/African American and LGBTQ
fundraisers. These are just a few of the many great
strides this small yet mighty AFP team has made
in building community and creating a welcoming
environment. We know we have a long way to go, and I
hope you agree we've made tremendous progress
in 2020.
In closing, I'm extremely appreciative of your
membership in the AFP community. Your essential
work on behalf of fundraising and the social sector
inspires me every day, and it has been an honor serving
you. Please take care of yourself and know we're here
for you. To access some helpful coping resources, I
encourage you to visit AFP Supports.
P.S. As we celebrate Ethics Awareness Month, I
recommend reading the insightful article on The
Intersection of Ethics and IDEA to learn more about the
critically important role Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and
Access plays in our organizations, donor relations
and community.
P.P.S. Here is a compelling piece by Chair-Elect
Kevin Foyle from the spring on coming together as
a community; a video from our AFP ICON Summer
Sessions with some thoughts on community, leadership
and active listening; and a recent article on community
building. Again, thanks a million and keep up the
great work!

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http://www.afpglobal.org/afpsupports http://www.afpglobal.org/coming-together-community https://www.afpglobal.org/news/inspiration-create-community-you-can-lean http://www.afpglobal.org

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