Lynne Twist

Lynne Twist is a recognized global visionary committed to alleviating poverty,
ending world hunger and supporting social justice and environmental sustainability.
She is the author of The Soul of Money and founder of the Soul of Money Institute.
More than anyone, she has visionary insights into our relationship with money.

Twist comes from a background in fundraising and philanthropy. Her encounters with the richest and poorest in the world have given her profound insights into the role of money in our lives and our relationship with money. It is these insights that make her such an influential figure, one concerned about the impact of money on our humanity. She is passionate about helping us all to use our money, and our relationship with money, to make a difference in the world.


For more than 40 years, Lynne Twist has been a recognized global visionary committed to alleviating poverty,  ending world hunger and supporting social justice and environmental sustainability.

From working with Mother Teresa in Calcutta to the refugee camps in Ethiopia and the threatened rainforests of the Amazon,  as well as guiding the philanthropy of some of the worlds wealthiest families, Lynne’s on-the-ground work has brought her a deep understanding of people’s relationship with money.  Her breadth of knowledge and experience has lead her to profound insights about the social tapestry of the world and the historical landscape of the times we are living in. (Source: The Soul of Money Institute)

Positions held

  • Teacher
  • Chief fundraiser to The Hunger Project
  • Consultant and Coach in the arenas of fundraising with integrity, conscious philanthropy, strategic visioning and creating a healthy relationship with money.
  • Founder of The Soul of Money Institute
  • Co-founder of the Pachamama Alliance
  • Adviser to the Desmond Tutu Foundation, The Network for Grateful Living and the Nobel Women’s Initiative (an initiative of seven living Nobel Women Peace Laureates who work together to end violence against women and girls) and many other philanthropic and business boards
  • Keynote speaker


The Soul of Money: Transforming your relationship with money and life (with Teresa Barker, 2003, WW Norton & Co)

This is a powerful and authoritative book. Twist’s uses her experiences as a fundraiser and founder of the Hunger Project and her journeys around the world to enable her to get to the heart of our relationship with money. She tells of meetings with the famous such as Mother Theresa (heartbreaking) and the Dali Lama, and the unknowns such as Chumpi Washikiat, a member of the Achuar group of indigenous Ecuadoreans who have lived for centuries without money. Twist has the remarkable ability to tell stories of her own experience, sometimes about her deep humiliation, in a way that contributes to the wisdom of the world without grandstanding.

This book will help you to understand the deep difference between scarcity and sufficiency. Scarcity is a culture of ‘I haven’t enough’ which is ultimately destructive and disparaging of human values. Sufficiency is about letting go: ‘Instead of seeking more, they treasure and steward thoughtfully what is already there’. One of the sub-headings of the book is ‘Money and Soul: The Great Divide’. Twist does a magnificent job in bridging the divide.

In addition, Twist has contributed chapters to more than ten books on subjects ranging from inspirational stories about women through non-profit management to conscious evolution

Key quotes

‘Our relationship with money…is a pathway to personal and financial freedom’

‘Eventually, we came to know ourselves not for what we had or owned, but for what we gave; not for what we accumulated, but for what we allocated.’

Further information



Goodreads: The Soul of Money


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