2022 Eileen D. Foley Award Recipient

Joe Keefe

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The Event

Join us on October 12th at the

Wentworth by the Sea Country Club

60 Wentworth Rd, Rye, NH 03870

Each year, FFI presents the Eileen D. Foley Award to a New Hampshire citizen(s) who takes personal responsibility in making the world a better place. Joe's family, friends, and fellow community leaders will gather to present him with this year’s award and watch as they are “roasted” by members of his family, colleagues, and long-time friends.


Joe Keefe

Under Joe’s leadership as President, Impax has become a leading specialist asset manager investing in the opportunities arising from the transition to a more sustainable economy. He is a passionate advocate for investing in women and the critical role that gender diversity plays in business success. Joe led the firm to offer the first-ever mutual fund to invest in women’s equality. Today, that fund — the Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Leadership Fund – is the oldest and largest fund in the gender lens investing space.

Investment News included Joe in its 2019 list of “10 leaders of ESG and Impact Investing,” calling him a “longtime giant” in gender lens investing. Barron’s named Joe one of the “20 Most Influential People in Sustainable Investing” in 2018 for his work to advance gender equality.

Joe co-founded the Thirty Percent Coalition, whose work has led to women joining more than 100 previously non-diverse boards. He is former co-chair of the leadership group for the Women’s Empowerment Principles, a joint program of the United Nations Global Compact and UN Women and is also the former Chair of the Board of Women Thrive Worldwide, a Washington, DC-based non-profit advancing the interests of women and girls globally who live on less than $2 per day. Ethisphere magazine named Joe one of the “100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics” five times, Women’s eNews recognized him as one of “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” in 2012 — where he was the sole male honoree — and Financial Times named Joe one of its 10 “top feminist men” of 2015 for his work to help women succeed in business and beyond.  In 2016, Joe was named the University of New Hampshire’s “Social Innovator of the Year,” and he received the Global Leadership Award from the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire the same year.

Joe currently serves on the board of New Hampshire Public Radio, and is a former board member of CASA of NH, Odyssey House and On Belay.  He is the former Co-Chair of The Carbon Coalition and the NH One Campaign and a past board member of Americans for Campaign Reform.  He is also a former member of the Board of Directors of US SIF (2000-2006), the trade association representing asset managers and investors engaged in sustainable investing throughout the United States.

Joe is also a former Chair of the NH Democratic Party and was the Democratic Party nominee for US Congress in New Hampshire’s First Congressional District in 1988, 1990, and 1996.   

Prior to joining Impax in 2005, Joe was President of NewCircle Communications, a strategic consulting and communications firm specializing in corporate social responsibility and public policy-oriented communications. He served as Senior Adviser for Strategic Social Policy at Calvert Group from 2003-2005 and as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Citizens Advisers from 1997-2000. Prior to entering the investment field, he practiced law for 16 years.     

He received a BA in Philosophy from The College of the Holy Cross and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.   

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About the Eileen D. Foley Award

Each year FFI selects a prominent member of the New Hampshire community to honor with the Eileen D. Foley Award at our annual roast-style fundraiser. A former Portsmouth mayor, Eileen D. Foley dedicated her career to public service and charitable causes. After being presented with the award, each year’s recipient is “roasted” by family and friends.


How the Recipient is Selected

Recipients of the Eileen D. Foley award are chosen by a committee comprised of representatives from the FFI Board of Directors and past recipients of the Award.  The panel meets several times and looks at a variety of categories, including years of service in the “trenches,” scale and scope of service, impact on the community, how they personally align with the values of FFI, and if they truly represent the spirit of the award and Eileen D. Foley, its namesake.

If any community members have suggestions for the selection committee, please contact FFI Executive Director Stephen Martineau at steve@ff.international or a member of the FFI Board of Directors.

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About Eileen D. Foley

In 2008, when we were brainstorming an annual award to recognize people in the community making a difference day in and day out and who we wanted to be an inspiration to our international youth as well as to the local community, the easiest part of the whole process was who we should name the award after Eileen Dondero Foley. She represents the best that the Seacoast has to offer. Her charm, wit, grace under fire, vision, understanding, and commitment to both local and global issues inspired thousands across the street and the world. Friends Forever International was honored to establish the Eileen Dondero Foley Award to commemorate her lifetime of service and to annually recognize those special individuals among us that have taken a personal responsibility to make the world a better place.

With Eileen’s passing in 2016, in partnership with the Foley Family, FFI established the Eileen Dondero Foley Fund. The proceeds from this fund will annually generate enough revenue to bring over one outstanding representative of FFI from our past participants, the Eileen D. Foley Fellow. They will embody the spirit and character of Eileen in perpetuity and share their story at the Annual Dinner and Roast in her name.

The financial goal of this Fund is to raise $25,000 to invest with the Friends Forever International account at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. We are currently at $10,000.

If you would like to join us in honoring Eileen, please send in your support to:

Friends Forever International

1 Morgan Way

Durham, NH 03824

Memo: Eileen Dondero Foley Fund

Or complete this form and select Eileen Dondero Foley Fund in the appropriate spot.


Sponsorship Levels

Platinum Sponsor


  • 20 seats in prime location (2 full tables)

  • Marquee acknowledgment

  • 2 full-page ads in event program

  • Recognition in all press releases, event materials

Diamond Sponsor


  • 20 seats in prime location (2 full tables)

  • Marquee acknowledgment

  • 1 full-page ad in event program

  • Recognition in all press releases, event materials

Presenting Sponsor


  • 10 seats in prime location (1 full table)

  • 1 full-page ad in event program

  • Recognition in all press releases, event materials

Leading Sponsor


  • 10 seats (1 full table)

  • 1 full-page ad in event program

  • Recognition on event poster

Sustaining Sponsor


  • 6 seats

  • 1/2 page ad in event program

  • Recognition on event poster

Supporting Sponsor


  • 2 seats

  • 1/3 page ad in event program​

  • Recognition on event poster

Program Ad Sponsor

$1,000 - $2,000

  • $2,000 - 1 full-page ad in event program

  • $1,000 - 1/2-page ad in event program

For additional information, please contact Amelia at amelia@ff.international

or give us a call at 603.397.5301.