Foundation executives as ‘artful jugglers’

Sunday 16 December 2018

Managing a foundation is a complex task. This is highlighted in today’s image of philanthropy. Examining foundation CEOs’ tasks, activities and requirements, Fay Twersky, Director of the Effective Philanthropy Group at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, concludes:

“[S]uccessful CEOs at foundations of all sizes tend to be artful jugglers — people who can pursue multiple high-pressure goals at once. They are able to tend to their board of directors, to manage their organization internally, and to drive their foundation to make an impact externally.”

Twersky, F. (2014). Foundation Chief Executives as Artful Jugglers: Center for Effective Philanthropy., p.5


Drawing on some of the findings from our ‘Images of Philanthropy’ Initiative, each entry in this accompanying blog series introduces one image that has been put forward in an academic or non-academic context to depict or characterise an aspect of philanthropy in its different forms and expressions.

For further information about the ‘Images of Philanthropy’ Initiative, please contact Dr Tobias Jung.

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