Social activist, Fundraiser (United States)
“In recognition of her lifelong commitment to empower humanity in creating a thriving, just, and sustainable world for all.”
Through her transformative educational activities that affirm the essential values and dignity of every life, Lynne Twist has inspired people around the globe to contribute towards a better world by transforming their relationships with money, as well as with themselves, with each other, and with the natural world.
Lynne Twist is a social activist, fundraiser, author and consultant who has dedicated herself to alleviating poverty and hunger and supporting social justice and environmental sustainability. She became the chief fundraising officer for the Hunger Project in 1977 to help end world hunger, raising over 200 million dollars in the course of her 20-year tenure. In 1996, Ms. Twist and her husband, Bill, co-founded the Pachamama Alliance—a social profit (nonprofit) organization whose mission is to empower indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest to preserve their lands and culture and, using insights gained from that work, to educate and inspire individuals everywhere to bring forth a thriving, just and sustainable world. The compelling stories and insights gained from her experiences inspired her to write her best-selling, award-winning book, The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life (W.W. Norton, 2003), and in 2003 she founded the Soul of Money Institute, a center for exploring and sharing the best practices, theories, and attitudes that enable people to relate to money and the money culture with greater freedom, power, and effectiveness. Ms. Twist has won numerous awards, including the United Nations Woman of Distinction award, honoring her work to end world hunger.