At Apra, diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values to our organization. As an organization that serves professionals working within the philanthropic sector, Apra believes it has a responsibility to our society and our sector to develop and maintain a diverse organization that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve. We recognize that many of the institutions served by Apra’s members have also prioritized diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we want our efforts to amplify and support those organizational priorities. We believe that the wide array of perspectives resulting from diversity, equity, and inclusion allows all organizations to be more effective. By increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion, we believe we will access more expansive and varied ideas, information, and perspectives and leverage the unique contributions of diverse individuals and organizations. Apra welcomes members at any point in their career, from any context, and who represent a range of backgrounds, thoughts, approaches, and experiences. Further, we recognize that the responsibility for excellence, diversity, and inclusion lies with all of us, the board, Apra staff, volunteers, and members.
- Apra supports the collective empowerment of people of all races, ethnicities, religions, genders, sexual orientations, gender identifications, abilities, sizes, incomes, marital statuses, ages, geographic locations, philosophies, and veteran statuses, and recognizes that all members are equal.
- Apra encourages all members to embody the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout their interactions with Apra and their organizations by seeking out, valuing, and respecting experiences that are different from their own.
- Apra will protect and encourage the free exchange of divergent opinions and demonstrate an appreciation for different voices.
- Apra will foster an environment that promotes open communication, respectful debate, and informed decision-making.
- Apra commits to exploring potential underlying, unquestioned assumptions that interfere with inclusiveness.
- Apra acknowledges that advocating for equity is an active process that requires continuous commitment to fostering and promoting a diverse and inclusive environment.
- Apra believes that every member has a contribution, and it is our duty to encourage and promote that contribution.
- To achieve our goals, Apra believes it is necessary to be strategic and intentional in formalizing and pursuing meaningful diversity, equity, and inclusion as central aspects of our governance and programming.