AFP-MN Statement on George Floyd

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Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP-MN) Statement on George Floyd:

We are heartbroken and horrified by the killing of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department. Today, we mourn with George’s loved ones, as they hold the first of several memorial services for George. On this day of mourning, we are reminded of the duty we have to confront the entrenched, systemic racism and inequity that many in our community face on a daily basis.

As an association of fundraising professionals with a mission to educate and advocate, we cannot stay true to our own values without first accepting responsibility for our own role in perpetuating systemic racism. Philanthropy, at its core, is about love for humankind. But it has also been part of the problem, perpetuating racist policies and practices, and too seldom making meaningful and productive systemic changes to resolve inequities.

AFP Minnesota has been working to promote inclusion, equity, and access, and we know we need to do more. Today we commit to the following:

  • We will continue to have difficult conversations around race and racism, including adding and expanding educational programming that allows fundraisers to learn more about their role in working against racism -- both as institutions and within ourselves.
  • We will promote Black fundraisers, and lift up and be led by Black voices.
  • We will continue our work with our Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Committee, doing what’s necessary to create pathways to success in our sector for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color) and others who have been marginalized and silenced by the inequities in our sector and society at large.
  • We will act within our daily work as fundraisers to listen, learn, and make much-needed changes.
  • We will continue to identify, explore, and act on changing the ways in which we have been, and continue to be, complicit in racist and inequitable systems and structures.

Our profession has an important role to play. We have a heavy responsibility to create the changes that are needed, and we know that we have to be an active part of making the world a more equitable place for all. We commit to doing this work.