About Simone Joyaux

Simone P. Joyaux, ACFRE is an internationally recognized consultant and speaker, described as “one of the most thoughtful, inspirational, and provocative leaders in the philanthropic sector.” She's the author of three groundbreaking books, Strategic Fund Development, Keep Your Donors (with Tom Ahern), and Firing Lousy Board Members. She is the recipient of the 2003 Rhode Island Outstanding Philanthropic Citizen Award. With more than 35 years of professional philanthropy experience, Joyaux has served as a chief development officer, executive director, and board chair.

AFP Townhall on Anti-Racism, Inclusion and Fundraising

On June 15, 2020, AFP hosted a Global town hall on Anti-Racism, Inclusion and Fundraising, featuring Marco A. Corona, Michelle T. Edgerton, Kishshana Palmer, Ken Miller, and Simone Joyaux. Here, printed with permission, are Simone's oral remarks. My name is Simone Joyaux. I’m a white, heterosexual, well-educated, affluent woman. HUGE unearned [...]

By |2020-06-18T16:53:24-04:00June 16th, 2020|Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)|

54 Essential Questions About Fund Development

Fund development is not a separate and independent activity that can be pulled out whenever there is need, focused on by only a few, and ignored the rest of the time. Instead, fund development is an ongoing, rewarding (but invasive) process that engages all staff and every board member in [...]

By |2017-06-10T19:24:52-04:00July 30th, 2014|Fundraising|

Firing Lousy Board Members

Yes, your organization should fire non-performing board members. Of course, that means you must define good and bad performance. You must articulate standards and communicate them. You conduct screening interviews before nominating them. You monitor and evaluate performance. You need ways to fire them that don’t cause pain – to [...]

By |2017-06-10T19:26:15-04:00July 17th, 2014|Nonprofit Boards|

How To Keep Your Donors

Fundraising is like any other business: customer loyalty is the Holy Grail. The local butcher needs loyal customers to flourish. The baker requires repeat customers to stay open. And charities need loyal donors to survive and thrive. […]

By |2017-06-10T19:27:11-04:00July 8th, 2014|Donor Retention|

14 Basic Principles of Fund Development

Philanthropy means voluntary action for the common good. Fund development is the essential partner of philanthropy and makes philanthropy possible by bringing together a particular cause and the prospects and donors who are willing to invest in the cause. The goal is to acquire donors of time and money who stay [...]

By |2017-06-10T19:27:54-04:00July 2nd, 2014|Fundraising|
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