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Are You Investing in Yourself? Why Not?
Kris Putnam-Walkerly -- Global Philanthropy Expert Kris Putnam-Walkerly -- Global Philanthropy Expert
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Dateline: Cleveland, OH
Thursday, July 22, 2021


Last week I received this email from a foundation CEO: “I do have your book and it’s just fabulous. You are really one of the best sources for meaningful information in the foundation world – Thank you!”

I’m not sharing this to toot my own horn. I’m sharing it to emphasize the critical importance of investing in our own personal and professional development.

Eight years ago I truly believed that no one cared what I had to say, and that I had nothing to share with the field of philanthropy. I honestly thought I had maybe 1-2 articles of content to share – total, ever! Then I took the last of my savings and invested in a consultant training program that completely changed my life and my consulting practice. Every year since, I’ve invested time and money in coaching, training, and peer networks, so that I can continuously improve my life and better serve my clients.

The first thing I did when I returned from that training is create this Confident Giving newsletter. Last year I published my second book. I regularly write for Forbes.com, and have been published the Chronicle of Philanthropy, SSIR, Wealth Management, Alliance Magazine, and other prestigious publications around the world. Apparently, I have a LOT to say! And most importantly it’s helping donors and foundation leaders.

But I wouldn’t have done any of this had I not invested in myself.

I write about the importance of funders investing in themselves – such as their own learning, development, leadership, talent, research, strategy, coaching, and advising – in my book, Delusional Altruism. We all need to embrace an abundance mindset and recognize that the more we invest in something – such as ourselves and our grantees – the greater the outcome will be. The more impactful we will be. The greater joy we will feel.

I invite you to ask yourself: Who do you want to be a year from now (as a person or as an organization)? What would become possible for you if you were able to do that? What investments could you make in yourself now to achieve that goal? What’s at risk if you don’t do this?

If you need help answering those questions, I’d be happy to jump on a call and brainstorm with you. Feel free to schedule a call with me.

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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