Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Our work at AHP and in healthcare philanthropy still has a ways to go in incorporating diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) in everything we do. Learn more about our beliefs and how we're addressing the issues.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Statement

The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) values and respects diversity. We view individual differences as assets that promote the growth and success of AHP’s goals, its members, and the healthcare philanthropy profession. We’re committed to more deliberately encouraging, supporting and recognizing diverse individual viewpoints and contributions in AHP’s work and creating a culture of belonging for everyone who is a part of AHP. 

We believe a diverse, equitable and inclusive membership is a vibrant membership able to best deliver on better healthcare for all through philanthropy.  We believe diversity is multi-dimensional, encompassing not just race and ethnicity but gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, experience, age, ability, class and more. Embracing individual differences and fostering equity by eliminating barriers that prevent the full participation of all are critical to our mission of inspiring, educating and serving our members as they work to transform healthcare through philanthropy. 

We’re committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members feel that they belong and see themselves as positive change agents for the future of our organization. All philanthropy professionals who wish to work in healthcare, and all individuals already committed to healthcare philanthropy are welcomed into our organization and are encouraged to bring their full selves. This commitment includes, but is not limited to, professionals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, talents and perspectives.

Coming Soon: On Demand Webinars

Our 2020 AHP International Conference is hosting several DEIB-related sessions, which we are excited to share with our members and non-members. Here are some of the sessions we'll be posting.

In Conversation: Attracting, Hiring and Retaining Diverse Philanthropy Professionals

Birgit Smith Burton, Executive Director of Foundation Relations at Georgia Institute of Technology, and founder of AADO

The development profession, including healthcare philanthropy, has often fallen short of the mark in reflecting the diversity of our communities and our donors. Birgit Smith Burton, founder of the African American Development Officers Network (AADO), joins AHP president and CEO Alice Ayres for a conversation about her journey as a fundraiser and how our organizations can not only identify and recruit diverse talent, but create a sense of belonging that enables all staff to thrive.

Preparing for Diversity in Healthcare: Implications for Philanthropy

James Mason, PhD, Consultant

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Healthcare Fundraising and Volunteer Engagement

Angelique Grant, Phd, Senior Consultant and Vice President of 
Aspen Leadership Group

At a time when healthcare philanthropy needs real innovation, better strategies, and new ideas in order to serve all constituents, applying better practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) to fundraising and volunteer engagement is a business imperative. It’s a fact: diverse teams in inclusive cultures perform better. This presentation will share strategies on how to apply DEI principles to increase involvement and investment of staff and stakeholders to advance your organization’s impact. The presentation is designed to help healthcare leaders move from awareness of DEI to action and behavioral change.

The overview will include:

  1. Creating a culture of inclusion and philanthropic partnership
  2. Recruiting and retaining a diverse team
  3. Fundraising and volunteer engagement.


The Rainbow Effect: Diversity and Inclusion in Medical Sector Fundraising

Candie Davidson-Goldbronn, Associate Senior Vice President of Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Jan W. Wood, CFRE, President and Chief Development Officer at Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation

Shirley Knelly, Chief Compliance Officer, Luminis Health

Kevin Chase, Managing Partner at Kevin Chase Executive Search Group

Brad Sears, David Sanders Distinguished Scholar of Law and Policy, Williams Institute at UCLA Law

Diversity and inclusion are often an afterthought when creating strategic fundraising plans, identifying prospective donors, and recruiting volunteers. This session provides a venue to learn fundamental tactics, hear from a senior fundraising executive and their donor who identify as LGTBQI+, sharing their life experience, the process of engagement, and working together.

Healthcare affects all people, so why is it that our boards, donors and volunteer sometimes reflect a more limited demographic? This session will assist learners to think about prospects and volunteers differently and allow attendees to hear directly from the donors and their fundraising partners. The panel will answer questions like “how do you identify LGBTQI+ prospects”, “what it is like to be one of the few openly LGBTQI+ philanthropists at your hospital”, and “how do you navigate within donor circles and with the staff”.


Learn about the individuals who are leading the DEIB Taskforce, and the work they're outlining to bring more diversity into the healthcare philanthropy profession. Learn More >>


As the work of the task force develops, we'll be hosting content and other resources to help you incorporate these practices into your own organization. Topics include:

  • General Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Resources
  • Recruitment
  • Hiring
  • Retention and Engagement
Here are some resources to get you started; if you have others you'd like for us to share on this page with the rest of the AHP community, email us a link or PDF to communications@ahp.org

DEIB Resources