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The Artful Juggler 

May 22, 2014 — By Heath Wickline

Fay Twersky, Director of our Effective Philanthropy Group, writing in Stanford Social Innovation Review about research she has conducted into philanthropic leadership and the qualities of successful foundation CEOs:

My research led me to conclude that successful 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. By their own reckoning, few CEOs are equally successful in all three domains.