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36 Days and Counting…
Kris Putnam-Walkerly -- Global Philanthropy Expert Kris Putnam-Walkerly -- Global Philanthropy Expert
For Immediate Release:
Dateline: Cleveland , OH
Tuesday, October 29, 2019


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It’s almost the end of 2019. Have you achieved your year-end goals? If not, don’t despair! You have plenty of time if you act now. Just follow my 3-step process.

There are 46 weekdays left between now and December 31. Take away 10 days for holidays and vacation, and you have 36 days left. 36!

36 days to do all that stuff you declared you would do in January. 36 days to meet your end-of-year goals. Feeling a little overwhelmed? Don’t. You can do this! Just follow these three simple steps:

1. Prioritize. What are the top 1-3 things you want to accomplish by the end of the year? These could be professional, personal, or both. Write them down and put them someplace you will see them every day.

2. Schedule. Let me tell you a big secret: You actually have to block out time in your calendar to accomplish your top priorities. I know, shocking right? Who knew?! Your top priorities need to be reflected on your schedule or you won’t accomplish them. It’s that simple.

But I know you and I know what you’re thinking: “Kris, I have no time – I’m fully booked.” Here’s the thing. You do have time.

Do this exercise: Print out (or pull out) your calendar between now and the end of the year. Then take a highlighter and mark all the time you currently have scheduled to work on your top priorities. It’s stunning, right? Because you probably have little or zero time allocated. No wonder you never got it done! Next, cross out activities that aren’t necessary. Eliminate everything you are doing out of obligation or guilt, but which don’t contribute to your goals (or your happiness). While you’re at it, reduce time spent on mandatory activities. Can that in-person meeting be accomplished by phone instead? Can the calls you blocked for an hour be completed in 30 minutes? Look at all that time you just saved!

Now, start blocking out time to work on your priorities. Even if you can only squeeze in 20-30 minutes per day to start, it’s amazing what you can accomplish. Let’s say your end-of-year goal is to recruit new board members. In 20 minutes, you could brainstorm your top qualities for board members, make a list of potential board members, or ask colleagues for recommendations.

3. Do. Hold yourself accountable to working on your top priorities every day or every week. Within a few weeks you will be well on your way to accomplishing them!

Want more tips for getting time back in your day? My forthcoming book, Delusional Altruism, is chock-full of them! In fact, I devoted an entire chapter to increasing your speed in philanthropy. Delusional Altruism will be available on Amazon in March 2020. Stay tuned for information about how to pre-order your copies!

In the meantime, if you are interested in working with a trusted advisor, let me know! I have over 20 years of experience working with high-net-worth individuals and families, foundation leaders, celebrity activists and wealth advisors.

Schedule a call with me to discuss this in more detail and we’ll get you changing the world in no time.

© 2019 Kris Putnam-Walkerly. All rights reserved. Permission granted to excerpt or reprint with attribution.

About Kris Putnam-Walkerly

I’m a global philanthropy expert, advisor and award-winning author. I help ultra-high net worth donors, celebrities, foundations and Fortune 500 companies dramatically increase the clarity, speed, impact and joy of their giving. I’m the author of Confident Giving: Sage Advice for Funders, was named one of “America’s Top 25 Philanthropy Speakers”(along with U2’s Bono!), I write about philanthropy for Forbes.comAlliance MagazineDe Dikke Blauwe and am frequently quoted in leading publications such as BloombergNPRand WSJ.

Whether you are just getting started in philanthropy, want to refresh your giving strategy, or need to catapult yourself to your desired future, I can help. Let’s talk! Call me at +1-800-598-2102 x1, email me at kris@putnam-consulting.com or schedule a call.


“Kris Putnam-Walkerly’s advice is important for philanthropy. Her wisdom and insight are a valuable asset for all foundation boards and staff.”

Cole Wilbur Trustee Emeritus and Former President, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation


Want to learn more? Visit my website to learn how I help funders, access free resources, and read client testimonials.

About Kris Putnam-Walkerly

Kris Putnam-Walkerly, MSW is a global philanthropy advisor and president of Putnam Consulting Group, Inc. For more than 20 years, top global philanthropies have requested Kris Putnam-Walkerly's help to transform their giving and catapult their impact. Widely considered to be one of the most sought-after philanthropic advisors, Kris has helped over 80 foundations and philanthropists strategically allocate and assess over half a billion dollars in grants and gifts. 

As a philanthropy expert, advisor and award-winning author, Kris's clients include the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, J.M. Smucker Company, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Heising Simons-Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, Walton Family Foundations, Avery Dennison, and Fujitsu, among dozens of others.

A thought leader in transformational giving, Kris was named one of America's Top 25 Philanthropy Speakers for two years in a row. She is the author of the award-winning book Confident Giving: Sage Advice for Funders and the forthcoming book Delusional Altruism (Wiley; February 2020); a regular Forbes.com contributor on philanthropy; a global content partner to Alliance Magazine; and authored a chapter on "Transformational Giving: Philanthropy as an Investment in Change" in a new book on impact investing, The ImpactAssets Handbook for Investors. Kris is also a frequent contributor in the publications of leading philanthropy organizations, including the National Center on Family Philanthropy, Exponent Philanthropy, Southeastern Council on Foundations, Foundation Center, PEAK Grantmaking, and Giving Northern Ireland. Kris also provides expert commentary about philanthropy in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Washington Post, Entepreneur.com, and other media. Most recently, she was featured on NPR's Marketplace Morning Report and in Bloomberg Markets magazine. She co-edited The Foundation Review's themed journal on philanthropy consulting. In 2017 Kris was inducted into the Million Dollar Consulting® Hall of Fame, one of only 75 consultants chosen world-wide.

Prior to forming Putnam Consulting Group, she was a grantmaker at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and an evaluator at the highly esteemed Stanford University School of Medicine.

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