Amy E. Gravell, President                                                                 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 7, 2021

Association of Fundraising Professionals, Rhode Island Chapter

401-723-4266 ext. 161




AFP-RI, Rhode Island Fundraising Community Mourn Loss of Simone Joyaux

Cranston, RI - The Association of Fundraising Professionals, Rhode Island Chapter (AFP-RI) mourns the unexpected loss of founder and renowned fundraising professional, Simone Joyaux.

Remembered by members of the AFP-RI community as someone who dedicated herself to the practice of ethical and effective fundraising for more than 40 years, Joyaux educated and mentored other fundraising professionals and elevating the fundraising profession through her scholarship and leadership on an international level.

Joyaux was recognized globally as a leader in the fields of fund development and nonprofit management. She earned the International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising (Adv Dip) and the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE). Simone served as an adjunct faculty member in the master’s program in Philanthropy and Development at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and she developed and presented training programs, workshops, plenary, and keynote addresses worldwide. In addition to authoring three books, Joyaux was a popular columnist and blogger. For more than 30 years, she built a highly successful consulting business, Joyaux Associates, helping nonprofits in various countries enhance their capacity and capability to make change. In recognition of her work, Joyaux received the AFP International’s 2019 Distinguished Fellow Award, one of the highest fundraising honors, awarded to only a very select few of the profession’s foremost leaders.

“For Simone, philanthropy was more than just a career – it was her life’s work,” said Amy Gravell, president of the AFP-RI Board of Directors. “She gave generously of her time, talent and treasure. She was a true force for good and light in the nonprofit sector.”

The Rhode Island community was the beneficiary of Joyaux’s talent and generosity. Joyaux served as the Chief Development Officer at Trinity Repertory Theatre from 1981-1988 and she was a past Chair of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. As a consultant, she advised countless Rhode Island nonprofits. As a volunteer, Simone founded the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island and the first version of a statewide arts advocacy organization. She was also a founder of the AFP Rhode Island Chapter and continued to be one of our most generous and passionate supporters.

“Simone was everything that our state and profession needed – bold and unapologetic leadership but also, caring and active kindness,” said Edward McPherson, president-elect of the AFP-RI Board of Directors. “The earth seemed to shift on its axis when news of Simone’s passing spread. Each of us has a story about Simone and the impact she had on our careers and lives. She was truly one of a kind, and a mentor and friend to so many.”