The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is committed to developing and maintaining a diverse organization that reflects, is responsive to, and embraces the diversity of the communities we serve throughout the world; respecting and valuing all people. AFP is committed to promoting an inclusive, equitable and accessible organization where every member, volunteer, staff and board member can realize their potential and have their contributions valued.AFP Purpose AFP Lowcountry Chapter's Mission is to advance the profession and culture of philanthropy in the Lowcountry. Professional fundraisers connect community needs to people who care and can make a difference in the lives of others. We are agents of change for the betterment of our community and our world. To advance this work, the South Carolina Lowcountry AFP Chapter offers professionals a wide range of educational, networking and mentoring programs that support and enrich each member's professional experience and skills. The Lowcountry IDEA Fellows Program further strives to improve the fundraising profession by attracting talented individuals with diverse life experiences and from various work places to become engaged and contributing members of the association. Fellows will be exposed and have access to resources, best practices, mentors, and a network of other fundraising professionals. In turn, Fellows will provide the chapter with new and varying perspectives that provide valuable insights and promote continuous evolution in our work. This program is offered to any individual working and/or volunteering for a nonprofit organization in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Particular consideration will be given to individuals who demonstrate a desire to advance and remain in the profession of fundraising. Benefits and Expectations of Participation This is a two-year program that will provide the following benefits to the selected IDEA Fellow: Year 1 ¥ Complimentary 2019 AFP International and AFP Lowcountry Chapter memberships; ¥ Complimentary registration to AFP Lowcountry educational programs on a variety of philanthropic topics (75% of which fellow is expected to attend); ¥ Complimentary registration to AFP National Philanthropy Day Luncheon; ¥ A professional development stipend of $750 for use on fundraising specific educational materials and/or learning opportunities; ¥ Opportunity to meet with senior development professionals; ¥ Mentorship from previous year’s IDEA Fellow;¥ Participate on the AFP Lowcountry’s IDEA Committee;¥ Presentation to the AFP Lowcountry Board at the annual meeting in December showcasing Fellow’s Final Project. The Fellow’s project seeks to identify underrepresented groups within and outside of AFP in order to guide efforts to increase inclusion, diversity, equity and access. In addition, the project will attempt to analyze the effectiveness of these practices in order to maximize potential impact within the AFP Lowcountry Chapter. Year 2 ¥ Fellow will be a mentor to the 2020 Fellow; ¥ Opportunity to meet with senior development professionals; ¥ Opportunity to join an AFP Committee; ¥ Commitment to being a paid AFP member. Eligibility Criteria ¥ Be intimately involved in fundraising at a South Carolina Lowcountry 501 (c)(3) organization; ¥ Have the full support of supervisor and organization’s leadership to participate in this educational program; ¥ Be committed to attending the programs and events comprising the Fellows curriculum and completing IDEA Fellows Annual Diversity Project; ¥ Not currently a member of AFP or has not been a member for the last two years or longer; and ¥ Commit to being a paid AFP Member for at least one year after the conclusion of the IDEA Fellows Program, paid upon completion of the 2019 program. Please note that if you are selected as an AFP Lowcountry IDEA Fellow, you or your organization will be required to provide a $50 non-refundable annual enrollment fee. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee and applicants may be asked to participate in a phone interview prior to selection. Candidates chosen to be IDEA Fellows will be notified in writing by December 1, 2018 and will be announced to the membership during the AFP Lowcountry Chapter's Annual Meeting on December 14, 2018. Information about the AFP Lowcountry IDEA Fellows Program If you have any questions about the AFP Lowcountry Chapter IDEA Fellows Program or you or your organization’s eligibility, please contact: Ellie Tiller, Diversity Committee Chair at (843) 568-6064, or email@example.com.