AFP’s Golden Gate Chapter Rolls Out Its New IDEA Fellowship, Announces First-Ever Cohort
By Dena Vongchanh

April 20, 2021; San Francisco, CA. — The Golden Gate Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFPGG) has launched the IDEA Fellowship, a new program designed to empower the underrepresented fundraising voices of the nonprofit sector. In addition to providing fundraising training, AFPGG's programs and services support capacity building, increased impact, and mission delivery for the nonprofits in San Francisco Bay Area.

The IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) Fellowship Program will bring individuals from underrepresented communities to have a seat at the AFPGG table and participate in training, mentorship, and networking activities. As this is the pilot year, the values of IDEA will guide the program in how we address the fellows’ needs. The IDEA Fellowship will have a broad range of impact within the populations we serve, including the growth of our fellows’ fundraising expertise, increasing the fundraising capacity of the organizations the fellows represent.

The IDEA Fellowship Program is a year-long program for fundraisers from underrepresented communities, including fundraisers of color (African American, Latino, Hispanic, Asian), LGBTQ+, new nonprofit professionals, emerging fundraisers, and those who work at smaller, under-resourced nonprofits.

Despite the rich diversity in the San Francisco Bay Area, over the last 50 years, AFPGG has observed that the Chapter's membership is mainly white, female, and more established in the profession. AFPGG is missing the voices and experiences of young professionals of color (African American, Latino, Hispanic, Asian), LGBTQ+, and others from underrepresented communities. The state of being diverse means having the broadest possible representation of individuals, experiences, and perspectives in all-encompassing terms and those working in smaller and emerging nonprofits.

Through a thoughtful application process, the AFP IDEA Committee selected the 2021 cohort of IDEA Fellows.

We are excited to welcome:

Lucy Porras, Associate Director of Philanthropic Engagement, Mission Economic Development Agency

Gezel Frederick, Executive Director, DreamCatchers

Vincente Montoya, Board President & Development and Sustainability Manager, Folsom Street Events

LizaDawn Aduviso, Director of Development, The Kelsey

Laura Chavez, Executive Director, Challenge Day

Andrew Shaffer, Director of Development & Communications, GLBT Historical Society

Sofia Barahona Mena, Development Coordinator, LYRIC

Kymberly Miller, Executive Director, Children’s Fairyland

From April 2021 through April 2022, the IDEA Fellows will have full access to AFP Global membership, AFPGG program offerings, 4 IDEA virtual training, 6 AFP Global Webinars, a fundraising course with Sanford School Philanthropy Fundraising Academy, two virtual mixers, and more.

In addition to all of the training benefits, fellows will have opportunities to network, connect with affinity groups, foster community, meet leaders in the fundraising and philanthropic sector, and participate in leadership opportunities, all while building fundraising capacity and increasing mission impact.

This year, AFP Golden Gate celebrates our 50th anniversary, and our work has been awarded the 2020 IDEA Champion designation from the international office of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. We are proud of this recognition, but we know our work is not done. The IDEA Fellowship is built upon the 50 years of work that AFPGG has dedicated in the Bay Area, and it was created to better serve our community and to reflect the communities we live in.

We are so excited to launch this pilot program for our AFPGG IDEA Fellows. We know from our meetings with applicants that this is filling a real need in the community, and we're hoping to make this inequality gap smaller and smaller as we continue to do this work and invite more fellows to join us in the years to come. We need voices like theirs at the table and at the leadership level, and we're going to get them there. This is just the beginning for us.

— Kelley Coe, Co-Chair of AFPGG IDEA Committee

About Association of Fundraising Professionals, Golden Gate Chapter

Founded in 1971, AFP Golden Gate has approximately 500 active members. Members are Bay Area professionals, including development and communications leaders, executive directors, associates, managers, consultants, coaches, and board members. AFP Golden Gate is a friendly and inclusive chapter, inspiring a high level of volunteer participation. 20% of members actively serve as board members, committee members, and mentors.

We are part of a larger, international organization, with over 30,000 members in over 230 chapters in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and China. The association fosters the development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession. AFP Golden Gate Chapter is the premier source for Fundraising education, Professional Development opportunities, and peer-to-peer networking in the Bay Area.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Golden Gate Chapter has adopted AFP Silicon Valley Chapter's IDEA Fellowship Program to expand its professional training to diverse voices in the nonprofit fundraising sector during 2021 and beyond. The IDEA Fellowship Program was founded by Manju Ramachandran, CFRE, and Julia Zarcone, MA - both served as VP's of IDEA on AFP Silicon Valley's Board of Directors. If you have any questions about how to bring the IDEA Fellowship program to your Chapter, please contact Manju at [email protected] or Julia at [email protected] Collaboration is key!

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Press Contacts:
Kelley Coe, Co-Chair, IDEA Committee, Associate of Fundraising Professionals Golden Gate Chapter — [email protected]