Postindustrial Audio, Empower by Example, Michelle Walker, Walker Philanthropic Consulting

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Michelle Walker, Walker Philanthropic Consulting

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Michelle spent 20 years working in the nonprofit sector before starting her own firm, Walker Philanthropic Consulting. She has been instrumental in the founding and operation of The Rock Family Foundation, and her expertise and insights help to shape and guide our strategies and initiatives. Michelle wants to help you fight the apathy that is rampant in our world. She specializes in helping individuals participate in philanthropy in the ways that work best for your life. And we are both happiest when we are challenging your preconceived notions about philanthropy!!

In this episode we talk about how long it took us to feel “good” including when we could take care of ourselves physically, emotionally and financially. This question has been pinnacle in our conversation with funders, program officers and the lay community as we impress the importance of considering this personal inquiry when they consider the expectations we are putting on young people who are exiting state and county run systems.

We discuss how important it is to look at these populations needing assistance from an asset perspective instead from the traditional deficit lens where we are only considering basic needs, which are vital, and not realizing that they need community connections and mentorship. Connections to different ideas, careers, hobbies and education paths. We typically freely give items that we have used, hand-me-downs and castoffs, but what would it look like to freely give away new, beautiful items? If it is good enough for us, if we give ourselves the best we can, then why aren’t we doing this for others?

Action Steps: Do you have experience in the hospitality sector? Would you be willing to have a phone call with young women who have exited foster care in Pittsburgh to speak with them about your industry? Email us at and we will help to set it up.

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