Trans Solidarity Message to Our Chapter

April 28, 2023

Dear AFP Golden Gate Members,

The clock is ticking, and our society is facing a critical moment. As President and President-Elect of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Golden Gate Chapter, we are reminded of our mission to promote philanthropy and support the diverse community of Bay Area fundraising professionals, including those advocating for transgender rights.

Every day, the rights and dignity of transgender individuals across the U.S. are being targeted and eroded. Legislation that aims to undermine access to healthcare, housing, education, and employment is gaining ground. The result? A marginalized group that's pushed even further into the shadows. Our chapter's commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) compels us to raise awareness about these issues and take action—because 1.6 million lives are at stake.

As a society and as fundraising professionals, we have the power to halt this disconcerting trend. By raising awareness, advocating for trans rights, and fostering empathy, we can create an inclusive society where everyone is treated with respect and dignity. I encourage all our members to join us in working towards a world where no one is left behind.

It's time we all stand together for a better future, and as fundraisers, we play a crucial role in making that happen. We encourage you to stand up for the rights of trans and non-binary folks in your workplace, advocate for inclusive programming, and strengthen your partnerships with TGNC community organizations. You can find a complete list of local organizations on the San Francisco Office of Trans Initiatives web page.

For our part, as a chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, we will continue to work to foster inclusive communities, share our lessons with other chapters, and uplift the next generation of leaders. We thank you for being part of this movement for a better America, for all.

In Solidarity,
Kelley Coe
AFP Golden Gate President

Lucy Porras
AFP Golden Gate President-Elect