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The Family Business Leader Podcast

Jun 10, 2020

In this episode, I interview Kris Putnam-Walkerly on her newest book, Delusional Altruism. Hint: “Delusional” doesn’t mean what you think it means. This the perfect episode for the philanthropists and foundations who want to be more impactful and effective. 

Full show notes can be found HERE. 



  1. You claim, "We are all philanthropists" (something I have said before in an interview with Council of Michigan Foundations Rob Collier.) What do you mean by this?


  1. Tell us about the philanthropy boom? (stats)


  1. What is Delusional Altruism? What does it look like? How Does it show up? (What are the 7 ways it shows up)


  1. What is destructive frugality


  1. How are the mistakes philanthropists are making right now by their delusional altruism? What can they do about it? 


  1. In your book, you highlight 7 strategies for transformational giving. "Together the philosophy behind these strategies constitute a mind-set that will make you unstoppable." Share more about these beliefs. What is the most transformational strategy? 


The Source:  Kris Putnam-Walkerly is a trusted advisor to the world’s leading philanthropists, including families, private donors, foundations, Fortune 500 companies, and celebrity activists. She’s helped over 100 philanthropists strategically allocate over half a billion dollars in grants and gifts, and works closely with estate planning attorneys, financial and wealth advisors, and family offices to help their clients deepen their philanthropic commitments. She was named one of America’s Top 25 Philanthropy Speakers, and is the author of the new book, Delusional Altruism: Why Philanthropists Fail To Achieve Change and What They Can Do To Transform Giving (Wiley, March 24, 2020). Learn more at




We are all Philanthropists. Episode with Rob Collier

6 Mistakes Philanthropists Make in a Crisis

Delusional Altruism