Giving Compass' Take:
- Kris Putnam-Walkerly discusses how scarcity mindset in organized philanthropy is withholding spending and investment in nonprofit infrastructure, hindering its effectiveness.
- How can donors interrogate their scarcity mindsets and practices that are slowing down impact?
- Learn more about Kris Putnam-Walkerly's insights from her book, Delusional Altruism.
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This season we’re examining the challenge facing the nonprofit workforce. In Episode 9, we explore the scarcity mind-set inside organized philanthropy itself as a major source of the deficit of investment in the nonprofit workforce. We sit down with Kris Putnam-Walkerly, a long-standing consultant to the funding community (and a past consultant to Fund the People), Kris’s new book, Delusional Altruism, forcefully articulates a litany of self-defeating funder behaviors and attitudes.
Our conversation with Kris focuses on a major premise of the book: that funders try to “save money on all the wrong things,” including supporting their own staff, and the staff of grantee organizations. As Kris writes in the book, directly addressing funders: “As you know, your grantees are comprised of people. Don’t you want the most talented people doing their best work to help you fulfill your mission? Of course you do. Yet time and again, funders withhold investment in grantee talent and infrastructure. You have a scarcity mindset, and it’s undermining your effectiveness.”
Listen to the full podcast about how philanthropy saves money by Rusty Stahl at Fund the People.