IDEA Fellowships

The AFP-MN (Association of Fundraising Professionals - MN Chapter) IDEA Fellowship exists to amplify the talents, experiences and wisdom of Minnesota BIPOC fundraisers. The IDEA Fellowship is a space for BIPOC fundraisers to make connections for learning, weave a strong network for career growth, and collaborate with other BIPOC, non-profit leaders to center inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA) in their work as fundraisers.

Why should I apply?

  • Shared Learning: Engage in profound conversations where you and other BIPOC peers can mutually benefit from your collective experiences.
  • Network Building: Forge stronger bonds with fellow BIPOC fundraisers, expanding your professional and support networks.
  • Sector Influence: Play a role in nurturing an environment that is driving change, ensuring the fundraising community becomes more equitable and representative of all its members.

2024 AFP-MN IDEA Fellows Program Offerings:

  • Cohort Experience: Dive into shared experiences and discussions with other 2024 Fellows and Fellows Alumni guests via 4 cohort sessions- one each quarter. 2024 Cohort dates are:
    • Feb. 15th 12-1:30 Virtual onboarding session
    • March 14th 11:30-1pm Cohort session, virtual and/or in-person
    • June 20th 11:30-1pm Cohort session, virtual and/or in-person
    • September 26th 11:30-1pm Cohort session, virtual and/or in-person
    • December 3 4:30-6:30 pm + year-end celebration in-person
  • Mentorship: Pairing with a (BIPOC, if requested) fundraising mentor to provide guidance and support through the AFP-MN Mentorship program.
  • Social Gatherings: Engage with current and past Fellows in nurturing, BIPOC-only events.
  • AFP Global Membership:
    • Education & Development: Webinars, seminars, and conferences.
    • Networking: Connect with fundraisers and industry leaders.
    • Resources: Research, tools, and online articles.
    • Ethical Guidelines: Reinforce credibility in fundraising.
    • Advocacy: Support non-profit sector policies.
    • Certification: Opportunities to build education credentials such as the CFRE designation.
  • NEW! Professional Development Stipend: Receive $500 to spend on training and learning opportunities that fit with your goals and aspirations as a fundraiser. Share what you learn and learn from others as they expand their knowledge.
  • NEW! Ongoing access to an “Expert Library”: Connect and build bonds with a wide array of other BIPOC leaders and change-makers in the nonprofit sector who join Fellows’ cohort sessions to spark dialogue and shared learning. Leaders who have joined our Expert Library and will attend cohort sessions will be announced in January. 

Fellowship Application
Application will re-open in 2025.

About the Fellows

2024 Fellows

General Alumni