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Senior Fundraiser Event with Simone Joyaux

July 30 | 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

While this session is geared towards CFREs and those with ten or more years in the field, all are welcome to attend.

Raise more money with a culture of philanthropy

Yes, we’ll talk about philanthropic culture – and some very specific specifics. But we’ll start with lots of talk about organizational culture. Because without a good organizational culture, you can’t build a culture of philanthropy. Actually, without a good organizational culture, your org won’t be very successful.

What is organizational culture?

The underlying beliefs, assumptions, values and ways of interacting that contribute to the unique social and psychological environment of an organization.  For example: How we treat our employees…How power and information flow… Diversity…Inclusion…Equity… Innovation…and so much more.

Keep this famous statement in mind: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Breakfast only? Ha! “Culture eats strategy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.”

And keep this in mind: Far too many (most?) fundraising problems aren’t about fundraising. So many fundraising problems result from other parts of the organization. What’s happening in your org?

Presenter: Simone P. Joyaux, ACFRE

Joyaux began her career in 1975, serving as executive director of a small nonprofit in Lansing, Mich., and then as chief development officer for Rhode Island’s Trinity Repertory Company. In January 2019, Joyaux began her 32nd year as a consultant specializing in fund development, strategic planning, and board development/governance. She presents at conferences worldwide and teaches in the Master’s Program for Philanthropy and Development at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Her accomplishments and contributions to the profession are numerous. She is one of just a handful of fundraisers in the world to earn both the Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive (ACFRE) credential and the Advanced Diploma in Fundraising (Adv Dip). She’s written three books: Strategic Fund Development, now in its 3rd edition, Firing Lousy Board Members, and Keep Your Donors (co-authored with Tom Ahern), and contributed to multiple others. Joyaux blogs as Simone Uncensored.

“Philanthropy is my life’s work,” said Joyaux. “I fell into it by mistake—and found my existential purpose. AFP has been a helpmate since my early days. Teaching and engaging me. Providing speaking and leadership opportunities. It means a lot to be acknowledged.”






4:00 – 4:30 pm
Registration & Networking

4:30 – 6:30 pm

This is a great opportunity to see a world-renowned speaker at a local level. This event brings you exclusive content from one of the full-day add-on workshops at the AFP ICON conference in San Antonio this past April. Join your colleagues for an insightful evening at a great downtown venue!

Additional Details:

  • Underground parking is accessible from Vineland Place ($5) as well as limited street parking.
  • From the parking ramp, enter the building through the set of glass doors on the blue wall and take the elevator to level five/Skyline Room.
  • From the Hennepin Avenue entrance, take the elevators in the Hennepin Lobby to level five/Skyline Room.

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July 30
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Register online:
Advance: $35 members / $55 non members Onsite: $45 members / $65 non members
Onsite Registration?
Yes, additional $10


Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
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