The Tampa Bay Chapter represents the diverse Tampa Bay area. Diversity is defined by member ages, sizes of organizations, culture and race as well as organizational mission. 

By expanding the diversity of our Chapter, we learn from each other to reach into the different communities, cultures and beliefs to expand our knowledge of giving and needs of these diverse communities (LGBTQ, African American, and Hispanic). 

The Friends of Diversity Designation recognizes those chapters who have accomplished many of the key objectives in our goal of advancing diversity. Thank you for all that you do and your commitment to increasing inclusion, diversity, equity, and access in the fundraising profession.


DATE: May 11, 2017

FOR RELEASE: Immediate



(Arlington, Va.) – The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Suncoast Chapter, 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.

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 Suncoast Chapter 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 AFP Suncoast 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  

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

2016 AFP Friends of Diversity Designation Recipients

AFP AB, Calgary & Area Chapter

AFP AB, Edmonton & Area Chapter

AFP AK, Alaska Chapter

AFP AL, Alabama Chapter

AFP AL, North Chapter

AFP AR, Northwest Chapter  

AFP AZ, Southern Chapter

    AFP BC, Vancouver Chapter

    AFP BC, Vancouver Island Chapter

    AFP CA, Desert Communities Chapter

    AFP CA, Golden Gate Chapter

    AFP CA, Greater Los Angeles Chapter

    AFP CA, Greater San Fernando Valley Chapter

    AFP CA, Orange County Chapter

    AFP CA, Santa Barbara/Ventura Counties Chapter

    AFP CA, Silicon Valley Chapter

    AFP CA, Yosemite Chapter

    AFP DC, Washington DC Metro Area Chapter

    AFP FL, Central Chapter

    AFP FL, First Coast Chapter

    AFP FL, Nature Coast

    AFP FL, Palm Beach County Chapter

    AFP FL, Suncoast Chapter

    AFP GA, Atlanta Chapter

    AFP HI, Aloha Chapter

    AFP IL, Central Chapter

    AFP IL, Chicago Chapter

    AFP IL, East Central Chapter

    AFP IL, Rockford Area Chapter

    AFP KS, Greater Wichita Chapter

    AFP KY, Greater Louisville Chapter

    AFP LA, Baton Rouge Chapter

    AFP LA, Greater New Orleans Chapter

    AFP MA, Massachusetts Chapter

    AFP MA, Western Chapter

    AFP MB, Manitoba Chapter

    AFP MD, Maryland Chapter

    AFP MD, Western Maryland Chapter

    AFP MI, Greater Detroit Chapter

    AFP MI, West Michigan Chapter

    AFP MN, Minnesota Chapter

    AFP MN, Southern Minnesota Chapter

    AFP MO, Mid-America Chapter

    AFP NC, Triad Chapter

    AFP NC, Triangle Chapter

    AFP NJ, Southern Chapter

    AFP NM, New Mexico Chapter

    AFP NV, Las Vegas Chapter

    AFP NY, Genesee Valley Chapter

    AFP OH, Central Chapter

    AFP OH, Cincinnati Chapter

    AFP OH, Greater Cleveland Chapter

    AFP OH, Greater Dayton Region Chapter

    AFP OH, Northeast Ohio Chapter

    AFP OH, Northwest Chapter

    AFP OK, Eastern Oklahoma Chapter

    AFP ON, Canada South Chapter

    AFP ON, Greater Toronto Chapter

    AFP ON, Ottawa Chapter

    AFP PA, Eastern Chapter

    AFP PA, Greater Philadelphia Chapter

    AFP PA, Western Chapter

    AFP SC, Central Carolina Chapter

    AFP SC, Lowcountry Chapter

    AFP SK, Saskatoon Chapter

    AFP TX, Dallas Chapter

    AFP TX, Fort Worth Metro Chapter

    AFP TX, Greater Austin Chapter

    AFP TX, Lubbock Area Chapter

    AFP TX, San Antonio Chapter

    AFP TX, Texas Plains Chapter

    AFP VA, Hampton Roads Chapter

    AFP VA, Shenandoah Chapter

    AFP WA, Advancement Northwest Chapter

    AFP WI, Greater Madison Chapter

    AFP WI, Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter

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