Luncheon — Thursday, February 14, 2019

Our Inherited Legacy: Diversity and Inclusion – Past, Present & Future

Thursday, February 14, 2019 Luncheon Program

Networking, Introductions & Lunch: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Educational Program and Q&A: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Pines Manor  |  Edison, New Jersey  |  Directions are available at

Advance Registration Rates:   AFP Members | $40     Non-Members | $60
Final Registration Rates:          AFP Members | $50     Non-Members | $70


Advance registration is recommended so you pay the lowest rate and are guaranteed a seat. We cannot guarantee seats for walk-ins. Advance registration rates end at 5 pm on Monday, February 11th. We must pay for No Shows, so you will be charged if you cancel after Monday, February 11th. Cancellations must be via email.

Our Inherited Legacy: Diversity and Inclusion – Past, Present & Future

Elizabeth Williams-Riley, President & CEO
American Conference on Diversity

[ Link to Bio ]

Target Audience:  General Interest

The nonprofit industry is dependent upon the “good will” of people that have resources to fuel their programmatic strategies, compensate their employees, train and coordinate their volunteers as well as provide the most promising opportunities to raise dollars for sustainability.

The responsibility for securing these resources is engineered by its fundraising professionals. The demand for creativity and innovation increases with changes in funding streams, trends in technology and constantly changing individual and public interests.

In New Jersey there are thousands of nonprofits competing for the same resources. Oftentimes it’s not just the cause that generates the income or that makes a nonprofit worthy of a donor’s contribution, it’s also the relationships and the depth of understanding you have about your constituents. In any given moment your ability to establish common ground and/or leverage differences can shift the outcomes of your efforts. I always say, “You never know how much you past will affect your future until it shows up in your present.” Understanding diversity and inclusion is a journey we can take together.

Why attend? Because . . .

  • Diversity is not optional, it’s essential!
  • Making time to open your mind to the value of diversity and inclusion means you won’t waste time and money.
  • Research has proven that more diverse teams perform at much higher levels and there is greater creativity and innovation.
  • What you don’t know about diversity and inclusion can cause you to miss out on opportunities to cultivate new donors and expand your networks.
  • Purchasing power among communities that have been historically marginalized is tremendous. These communities are seeking to invest in their lives and the lives of future generations. The nonprofit sector provides services to a vast majority of these communities. Their encouragement to pay it forward can be substantially rewarding for nonprofits that genuinely value their diversity.