The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Central Florida has been named a 2016 Friends of Diversity Designation Chapter. Every year, AFP, the largest association of professional fundraisers in the world, honors chapters for achieving goals that align with key objectives in its long-range strategic plan. Chapters receive the Friends of Diversity Designation for performing specific activities designed to increase diversity and inclusion within fundraising and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy. Of the 244 chapters in AFP, 76 chapters received the 2016 Friends of Diversity Designation.

“AFP Central Florida is proud to be a Friend of Diversity,” says Mary Lee Walker, AFP Central Florida Chapter President. “Central Florida draws its strength from being a diverse community. The AFP Central Florida Chapter is committed to embracing diversity and acknowledges the positive impact diversity has on the charities our members represent and in philanthropy in general.”

Friends of Diversity Chapters are recognized at the AFP International Conference on Fundraising. Chapters also earn the privilege of displaying the Friends of Diversity logo on their website, newsletters and stationary.

“Congratulations to the AFP Central Florida for its outstanding work in promoting diversity and inclusion in fundraising and philanthropy,” said AFP Interim President & CEO Jason Lee. “It’s clear, now more than ever, that diversity and inclusion are essential not only to fundraising, but also to the communities that we serve. We need new ideas and perspectives to keep philanthropy strong and relevant, and reaching out to different populations ensures we bring everyone together and create a charitable mosaic reflective of our communities. I commend the Central Florida chapter for taking a leadership role in this critical area and educating the public about the importance of diversity, fundraising and philanthropy.”

Criteria for the award are determined by AFP International Headquarters. A list of several goals is published annually, and chapters must accomplish 7 of these goals during the year and submit a nomination form for verification to be honored.

For more information on the Friends of Diversity Designation process, please visit

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The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents over 33,000 members in 244 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession. For more information, visit



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51st International Conference on Fundraising – San Antonio, TX

This year’s International Conference on Fundraising will SHIFT your way of thinking, show you new perspectives, and refocus on best practices in our profession.

Join AFP International in San Antonio March 23-25, 2014 and be prepared for a real SHIFT.

Get ready to SHIFT what you know about impact and about fundraising and charity

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Martinez to Address Diversity in Philanthropy

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Luis Martinez, Multicultural Affairs Director for the City of Orlando, will visit with members of the hottest AFP Chapter in the nation to discuss Diversity in Philanthropy at the luncheon Oct. 16.


Mr. Martinez was appointed to his current position by Mayor Buddy Dyer in January of 2012. His role is based on establishing outreach initiatives with the community as they relate to the needs faced by minorities in Orlando.

Before joining the Mayor’s team, Martinez was the manager of a number of community based initiatives, so he knows how important it is for fundraising professionals to have a good pulse on who is in our community and what they care about.

Some of the topics Mr. Martinez will discuss will include, but are not limited to:

  • the unique ethnic makeup of our community
  • causes, needs and concerns prominent in the Hispanic community today
  • as fundraisers, what we can do to better engage and cultivate support from diverse populations
  • opportunities and resources for nonprofit organizations through the City of Orlando

If you haven’t already done so, click here to register for this event ($20 for members with reservations, $40 for guests and all walk-ins, $15 for students).