AFP Greater Austin Chapter IDEA Exclusionary Behaviors Policy 

How to Report an Incident of Bias, Discrimination or Exclusionary Behavior

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Austin Chapter is committed to the principles of Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) in an effort to create an environment that honors the dignity of every human being.

Education is one of the core tenets of our work at AFP. In that vein, we work to improve awareness of biases in our society and its impact on people. This includes acknowledging, educating and repairing harm caused by racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, ableist or other exclusionary behaviors.

Exclusionary behaviors are comments or actions that overtly or often subtly, unconsciously and sometimes unintentionally express a stereotypical or prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group. Exclusionary language can be incredibly damaging to others, whether intentional or not, especially to those who have been historically underrepresented or misrepresented. Our chapter does not condone this behavior and we believe, through education, outreach and personal accountability, we can better address these actions.

Examples of exclusionary behaviors could be:

  1. Abusive language of any sort.

  2. Inappropriate use of a phrase or insensitive comment that draws attention to or offends a person from a marginalized group.

  3. Assumptions of someone’s history, background, and/or lived experiences. 

If you have experienced or witnessed an incident of discrimination, hate or bias, we encourage you to report this by using the form below. Any personal information provided will be kept strictly confidential and each incident will be handled individually. A member of AFP’s Leadership Team will respond to you within 48 hours.

Report Exclusionary Behavior Here

Reporting these incidents will help us all continue our work to build a safer and more inclusive community for all.

Want to learn more? Additional helpful resources can be found here and here