Delusional Altruism

Delusional Altruism, with Kris Putnam-Walkerly

Mickey gets to visit with Kris Putnam-Walkerly, philanthropy expert, advisor, and speaker. We discuss her book Delusional Altruism and examine why philanthropists fail to achieve change, and some concrete things they can do to transform giving. Kris cautions us against the “culture of scarcity,” along with the dangers of over-bureaucratizing processes, and continuing to live in states of stress, fear, and varying degrees of burnout. Among the topics we discuss:

  • How to set steps in place to cut through decision-making snarls and act fast.
  • Why operating funds are critical and how to free them to do the most good.
  • How to communicate with staff, volunteers, and grantees to allay fears and defuse misconceptions.
  • How to stick with grantees through the most challenging times.

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