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“I am always struck by your ability to share your message of social justice wherever you lead.”

Joyaux Writings

Speech: Second Anniversary of the Women’s Fund of RI
I founded the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, a social justice organization. And during the years that I was the board chair, I made remarks (subversive ones, usually!) at the annual fall celebration.

Vietnam Was My War — My personal reflections of the Vietnam War written over a two year period.

Speech: Third Anniversary of the Women’s Fund of RI, 2004
A speech during my tenure as the board chair of the Women’s Fund of RI.

Commencement Address, Lincoln School, Rhode Island
One of my most memorable experiences: the senior class of this all-girls school asked me to give the commencement address…because of my commitment to social justice.

My Own Personal Journey
An exploration of my own journey to social justice.

Philanthropy’s Moral Dilemma
The final chapter in my book, Keep Your Donors. My exploration of privilege and power in philanthropy.

Social Justice and Progressive Philanthropy: A Subversive Activity
I just love subversive acts. I remember a book title from years ago: Teaching as a Subversive Activity. So I developed a workshop and then this article.

Other Authors

Paved With Good Intentions
Nathan Brown Truitt, Cohort 19, Master of Arts in Philanthropy and Development, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Nate’s capstone for his master’s degree raises questions that we can – dare I say “should” – explore.

Social Justice Philanthropy, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy ( conducts studies, writes papers, and regularly questions how responsive and equitable philanthropy is. For a good kick in the butt, check out NCRP.

UN Declaration for Women
I’m committed to leveling the playing field for women and girls. How about you? No place on earth yet fulfills the UN’s Declaration for Women.

Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack of White Privilege
A wonderful, insightful and subversive piece written back in the 1980s by Peggy McIntosh. Check out her new and expanded reflections: “White Privilege – An Account to Spend” and “White People Facing Race – Uncovering the Myths That Keep Racism in Place.” Find these at

Simone Joyaux, ACFRE, Adv Dip, FAFP, is an internationally recognized expert in fund development, board and organizational development, strategic planning, and management.

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