6 Mistakes Philanthropists Make During a Crisis (And What They Can Do Instead)

A moment of local, national, or global crisis brings massive social, health, and economic challenges. At the same time, crises unleash philanthropic opportunities, and leadership qualities emerge. During times of crises, transformational social change is possible, yet many philanthropists make some common mistakes that undermine their efforts and intentions.

Below, find an example of the kinds of mistakes addressed in our crisis guide:

  • Mistake #1: You want to step back.
  • Mistake #2: You decide to “wait and see.”
  • Mistake #3: You stop building your philanthropic muscle.
  • Mistake #4: You want to maintain control.
  • Mistake #5: You want to divert all your resources to the crisis.
  • Mistake #6: You only respond to immediate needs

We’re all guilty of missteps when faced with a time of uncertainty – but there are ways we can react to improve our impact on the community and take advantage of the opportunities presented when we are better prepared.

So, regardless of what we are facing—a pandemic, natural disaster, cybersecurity attack, or something else, you can improve your reaction by avoiding these common mistakes.

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6 Mistakes Philanthropists Make During a Crisis (And What They Can Do Instead)

Don’t let delusional altruism hinder your impact! Learn valuable tips to improve your giving during tumultuous times.