Perspectives on Philanthropy Discussion Series with Fay Twersky

Host Organization: Lilly Family School of Philanthropy


As we search for context in our transforming world, what role does philanthropy play? Broadly understood to encompass the human voluntary spirit, philanthropy is responding in a variety of ways to the current global crisis today. How is it doing and what role will it have in the world that is emerging?

We will engage figures who have important perspectives on how philanthropy affects our civic life now and moving forward. We hope to learn from these varied viewpoints. Join us for these live conversations so you can ask questions, engage with others, and inform your own perspective on our changing context during this crisis.

About Fay Twersky

Fay Twersky is vice president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She leads special initiatives outside of the foundation’s traditional programs. She also leads the foundation’s Effective Philanthropy Group. The team, which she shaped and launched in 2012, guides strategy, evaluation and organization learning within the Hewlett Foundation, and makes grants in support of organizational effectiveness and a strong philanthropic sector.

Fay served for four years as director and member of the leadership team of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, designing and developing the impact planning & improvement division. Fay spent a year working in Jerusalem, advising The Rothschild Family Foundation on strategy.

Fay’s recent publications include a Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) article, “Time for a Three-Legged Measurement Stool,” about balancing monitoring and evaluation with feedback from ultimate beneficiaries; and “The Artful Juggler,” on what it takes to be a successful foundation CEO. She serves on the board of The Center for Effective Philanthropy. She is also the founding co-chair for the Fund for Shared Insight. Fay holds a master’s degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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