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The Alford Group Turns 40!

The Alford Group is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019. Since the day Jimmie Alford founded the firm in 1979, diversity has been a core value of ours. Forty years later,  diversity is at the forefront of positive social change now more than ever. We remain committed to leading the effort to diversify donors and boards, to diversify donor engagement strategies, and to promote inclusivity throughout our sector. 2019 also marks the 20th consecutive year of our role as the Diversity Sponsor of the Diversity Workshop and Diversity Art Showcase with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Together we will continue to create and deepen impact across our sector. Below you will find more information and ways to celebrate with us throughout the year!

Read our Commitment to Diversity

Read Jimmie’s story and more about diversity in fundraising


Diverse High Net Worth Donors: Assessing the Emerging Philanthropic Landscape

The Alford Group and the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy will be releasing a new report this fall that focuses on the rising influence of diverse high net worth donors based on demographic trends in the United States. The report will include new and important  data that will shed light on the giving patterns of high net worth households from diverse backgrounds. By studying diverse high net worth donors, our sector will be better equipped to assess the range of experiences, motivations, and approaches that drive diverse donor preferences and behaviors. These identity groups (Asian American, Hispanic/Latino/Latina, African American and LGBTQ) will supply valuable knowledge about donor attitudes and practices for the 21st century philanthropic landscape.

Release date: Fall 2019


We are holding two large celebratory events this year where we will present the latest giving numbers and trends released in the 2019 Giving USA Report and host a reception for colleagues and friends. We will look back at The Alford Group’s 40 years of impact, and look forward to the opportunities ahead.

  • Chicago Event: June 20, 2019, 150 N. Riverside Plaza, Downtown Chicago
  • Seattle Event: June 25, 2019, Seattle Yacht Club

More information to come!


We will have booths at the following conferences this year. Stop by and see us, and pick up some fun 40th Anniversary goodies!

  • AFP International Conference | San Antonio, TX | March 31 – April 2
  • NAYDO International YMCA April 3-5
  • AdNet | New Orleans | April 7-10
  • AFP Advancement Northwest | Seattle | June 7-8
  • AFP Development Day | Chicago | September


Our Core Values are:

  • Creativity
  • Diversity
  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Joyfulness
  • Leadership
  • Respect

Read our Vision & Values Statement