Fayruz is a seasoned certified fundraising professional who has helped numerous organizations and their leadership achieve success. She is a philanthropy advisor and expert working with nonprofit executives for 23 years. Fayruz has an extensive background, serving as the CEO of an international NGO, Psychology Beyond Borders, a Partner with Dini Partners, a national consulting firm, where she was the youngest in the firm to make Partner, Development Director with Ballet Austin, and the Associate Director of Annual Giving at her alma mater, Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  

She served two terms as Board President for AFP – Austin where she helped to shape and implement the organization’s strategic goals, leveraging the fundraising profession and ethical philanthropic practice in the Austin community. She has been awarded the Outstanding Fundraising Professional of the Year award by AFP Austin in recognition of her work.

Her specialties include: major gift philanthropy, capital campaign strategy and execution, organizational development, vision planning and facilitation, and leadership development. Fayruz is a frequently sought after presenter at regional and national educational seminars on social sector management and fundraising topics.

Fayruz is civically engaged with organizations including the Boards of the Sustainable Food Center, Trinity Episcopal School, Con Mi MADRE, The Texas Lyceum and is a founding Board member of Libyan Hearts.  She is also part of the Leadership Team for the Central Texas Women’s Fund at the Austin Community Foundation. Fayruz is a member of AARO, The Austin Area Research Organization and was a 2014 McBee Fellow. She resides in Austin with her husband Malek Ben-Musa and their daughter, Yara.

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    “Her experience coupled with her excellent delivery of client service make Fayruz an invaluable team member and we are privileged to work with her.”

    Kelly Breeden, Junior League of Austin

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    “Fayruz is the embodiment of the Professional Fundraiser. Her work ethic, attention to detail, knowledge and overall demeanor are exemplary.”

    Brett Barnes, VP Development, Long Center for Performing Arts

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    “Fayruz is an incredible person – kind, generous, brilliant, savvy, and professional. She contributed so much of her self to our projects, and I believe that was one of the keys to our success.”

    Amy Mills, CEO, Emancipet




Texas Cultural Trust’s signature, star-studded event, the Texas Medal of Arts Awards, will take place in Austin, in its ninth biennial year, on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 21-22, 2017 at Texas Performing Arts, The University of Texas at Austin. Since its inception in 2001, the biennial Awards have awarded 99 medals to 105 Texas leaders and luminaries who have achieved greatness through their creative talents, as well as those whose generosity has opened doors to artistic opportunity for Texans of all ages.

The co-chairs for the 2017 Texas Medal of Arts Award are Peter Holt and Guillermo Nicolas of San Antonio.

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