The Ask Direct Fundraising Summer School

Simone Joyaux

Simone Joyaux ACFRE, Adv Dip

is described as “one of the most thoughtful, inspirational, and provocative leaders in the philanthropic sector.”

A consultant specializing in fund development, strategic planning, and board development, Simone guides organizations and professionals through consulting and coaching, teaching and writing.

Simone speaks worldwide, enjoying the opportunity to work with colleagues in places like Mexico City, London, Paris, Italy, Belgium, Australia, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Slovakia… She also teaches in the philanthropy graduate program at Saint Mary’s University, Minnesota, USA.

Her books Keep Your Donors and Strategic Fund Development (now in its 3rd edition) are standards in the field. Her newest, Firing Lousy Board Members, also receives rave reviews. She’s contributed to several other books, writes for the Nonprofit Quarterly, and blogs as Simone Uncensored.

Joyaux has founded two organizations, and serves regularly on boards. She’s a former chair of CFRE International.

Currently Simone serves as chair of the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. She also chairs the Advisory Board for the Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy at Plymouth University, in the U.K. She and her partner have bequeathed their entire estate to charity.

Session Description: Great Board Chairs, Mediocre Ones. Or how about a rogue? - download hand-out

Massachusetts Keith was a bad board chair. He didn’t care what might be good or even mediocre. He just did what he wanted. After all, he was boss.

Sadly, there are too many Keiths…just plain bad. Unfortunately, there are too many mediocre board chairs, too.

But you can help change this, whether you’re the fundraiser, the CEO, a board member, or an aspiring chair. Join this session so you’ll learn and understand: Important qualities and skills. Development and succession planning. Scope of authority and limitations.

Panel Description: Why we do what we do: conversations about changing the world - download conversations hand-out

Do you dream about changing the world? In charity fundraising we have the chance to do that every day – and we do it by telling stories, inspiring supporters, and campaigning for a better future. But let’s not kid ourselves. We work in a challenging sector and it can be hard sometimes to remember the difference we make.

Ivana Bacik, Sean Farell, Karen Ingala Smith, Simone Joyaux and Abi Wilkinson are all helping to change the world we live in – through politics, campaigning, activism and writing. Join them to discuss how we encourage grit and persistence in the non-profit sector, as we take time to listen to each other’s stories, celebrate our successes and fight harder for a better world.