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Delusional Altruism by Kris Putnam-Walkerly
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Kris Putnam-Walkerly’s book "Delusional Altruism: Why Philanthropists Fail to Achieve Change and What They Can Do to Transform Giving" is a work born out of extensive professional and personal experience. She is among the top 25 philanthropy speakers in the United States today and has advised foundations, celebrity activists, wealthy families, and Fortune 500 companies how to maximize the impact of their giving for over two decades. Her extensive experience in the field extends to frequent work with estate planning attorneys, family offices, and financial advisors. She has seen the best and the worst in philanthropy and those experiences provide her with an unmatched point of view that informs each page of this book.

She divides the book neatly into two distinct halves and fifteen chapters. The first half of the book entitled Delusional Altruism focuses on what individuals and organizations get wrong when they are looking to give back to the world and those in need. She titles the individual chapters with direct statements that make the subject of each section clear. Her pointed manner of addressing readers never involves wagging a figurative finger at them for their failures, but she doesn’t mince words and her focus on the issue at hand is unwavering

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Putnam-Walkerly entitles the second half of the book Transformational Giving and it is, essentially, the flipside of what she explores in the book’s first half. The eight chapters of Transformational Giving point out the right things you do when looking to give to individuals and organizations in a way that has true and lasting impact on lives rather than burnishing your own reputation or else diluting the positive potential of philanthropic efforts. The sturdy structure she adopts for "Delusional Altruism" allows Putnam-Walkerly to present her ideas in a clear and concise manner than engages readers from beginning to end.

Her prose is another important factor in the book’s superb presentation. Putnam-Walkerly writes with cool confidence throughout the text and explicates her ideas in a patient and detailed manner without ever belaboring her points. Her experience as an author shines through. The ample research she devotes to buttressing her arguments is critical as well. She reinforces her ideas and concepts through extensive research but never allows others contributions to dominate the book. They, instead, further illuminate points she attempts to make. The balance defining this book makes it a far more rewarding reading experience than it might have been otherwise and there’s never any sense of Putnam-Walkerly straining to establish credibility with the reader.

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Kris Putnam-Walkerly’s book "Delusional Altruism: Why Philanthropists Fail to Achieve Change and What They Can Do to Transform Giving" deals with an issue that is important to many people. She comes at the subject from the vantage point of wide experience and demonstrates an generosity of spirit that reveals her knowledge of human nature. This isn’t surprising; it isn’t difficult to imagine you learn a lot about what makes people tick when advising them on philanthropic issues. This is an important book with enduring relevance and an enlightening read.
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