Diversity Fellowship Program

AFP Massachusetts is committed to encouraging persons who are underrepresented in the field to become active members of our organization. This program, which is offered by AFP MA Chapter and supported by our sponsor Development Guild/DDI, accepts up to ten fellows each year for a two-year program that includes complimentary AFP MA membership, access to training and networking, and a mentoring arrangement with a senior professional.

The AFP Diversity Fellowship Program is designed to help young fundraisers in their career and in their roles as fundraisers to have a positive impact on the missions they support.  Applications for the fellowship are due by March 27, 2017 (extended from March 20) with a decision in May. To apply, please choose one of the application links below depending on your preference for a Word or fillable PDF format.

 

 

 


AFP MA Diversity Fellows at the 2016 Conference on Philanthropy
 

Benefits of the Diversity Fellows Program

Diversity Fellows receive a complimentary two-year chapter membership and access to the following educational and professional development opportunities valued at approximately $2,500:

  • Scholarships to the 2017 and 2018 Annual Conferences on Philanthropy;
  • Complimentary attendance to the two-day AFP MA Fundraising BASICS Course; 
  • Complimentary two-year attendance to AFP MA Breakfast Meetings, Brown Bag Luncheons, and other workshops;
  • A mentor relationship with a seasoned fundraising professional; and
  • Opportunities to meet and network with other fellows, members, and sponsors through organized events.

 

Eligibility for the Diversity Fellows Program

Candidates must meet these Eligibility Requirements:

  • Diverse background or experience which is underrepresented in the development field,
  • Employed by a 501(c)(3) organization with an operating budget of under $3 million or an organizational fundraising goal of less than $1 million in private philanthropic dollars (Note: if you don’t meet this criteria please contact us; AFP MA can offer a limited number of paid fellowships);
  • Support of an immediate supervisor and/or executive team;
  • Ability and commitment to participate in the programs that are offered by AFP MA Chapter; and
  • Ability to participate in an interview (Date TBD) with members of the AFP MA Diversity Committee.
 

Note:  Applicants need not be a current member of the AFP Massachusetts Chapter.


Mentors Needed!

If you are a senior practitioner with 6+ years of experience and have an interest in mentoring one of our diversity fellows please take a look at our Mentor Program Description or contact Elsa Gomes Bondlow at egomesbondlow@supportunitedway.org.

AFP Diversity Fellows Program Fellows Guidance for Mentor Relationship
AFP Diversity Fellows Program Mentor Description

 

Testimonials from Past Diversity Fellows 

"I gained new skills and information for writing successful grants, along with contact information for resources from different individuals and companies.  It's a great program and asset to any one that has the opportunity to attend!"

"The big benefit was attending any of the AFP educational events. It helped me learn a lot. The largest benefit was being provided a mentor. I just spoke with her recently and it is nice to stay connected to her. She helped me with my resume and with building my confidence. She also helped me get this job by introducing me to someone here in New York, so I would not be in this role without being introduced to my mentor through the AFP program."

"The program gave me a window into the varying aspects of fundraising and the opportunity to be around people in the field and learning by taking advantage of the programs. Having the "Fellows badge" made me feel a part of things and encouraged me to grow in the work. It was a signature that I was supposed to be growing and advancing in my career which was helpful. So development is now officially in my blood. Thanks in large part to AFP."

"Being an AFP Diversity Fellow was a great experience and I would recommend anyone in my field to apply to this fellowship. In addition to the networking and educational benefits of attending their big annual conference, AFP also provides workshops and courses on interesting topics that I am able to learn from and use in my profession. My advice is to fully utilize all the events and courses that AFP offers during your time as a Diversity Fellow."

Questions

Questions regarding the Diversity Fellowship Program may be sent to the Massachusetts Chapter office at info@afpmass.org or contact us by phone at (781) 894-3140.

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