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Kris Putnam-Walkerly Named U.S. Philanthropy Expert for Leading Dutch Philanthropy Opinion Platform De Dikke Blauwe
Kris Putnam-Walkerly -- Global Philanthropy Expert Kris Putnam-Walkerly -- Global Philanthropy Expert
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Thursday, February 28, 2019


Kris Putnam-Walkerly, global philanthropy advisor and president of Putnam Consulting Group, Inc., was named U.S. Philanthropy Expert for De Dikke Blauwe, the leading opinion platform for Dutch philanthropy in the Netherlands. The organization names her as one of America's most influential philanthropy advisors and experts in the field of transformational giving®.  Kris Putnam-Walkerly is an internationally recognized philanthropy advisor, speaker, and award-winning author who just signed a contract with Wiley to write her second book, Delusional Altruism®. As one of their experts, Putnam-Walkerly will be contributing content and insight with their Dutch audience.

De Dikke Blauwe is the leading opinion platform on Dutch philanthropy and is widely viewed as a credible source of philanthropic information for influential leaders in the Netherlands, such as members of the Dutch cabinet, policymakers and politicians, national media, academic researchers and consultants. De Dikke Blauwe produces an annual book on the state of Dutch philanthropy, identifies the Top 100 philanthropy influentials, produces The Blue Barometer, a yearly opinion poll on the state of Dutch philanthropy. They also distribute a weekly newsletter, The DDB Journaal, and host the annual Dutch philanthropy conference, Civil Power.

When asked why De Dikke Blauwe chose Putnam-Walkerly to be their U.S. Philanthropy Expert, Don Akkermans, founder of Lenthe, the nonprofit publishing agency of De Dikke Blauwe stated, "De Dikke Blauwe is extremely proud to welcome Kris Putnam-Walkerly as one of its 'Experts.' Kris will share her articles and columns with our Dutch audience. We are thrilled that one of the top consultants, writers and speakers on philanthropy from the United States will share her profound insight with our readers in the Netherlands."

Putnam-Walkerly, who recently addresses topics such as delusional altruismtransformational givingcreating effective funder collaborationsrapid strategy development and implementation and the role of philanthropy as an investment tool throughout her diverse publications from Forbes.com to her award-winning book, Confident Giving: Sage Advice for Funders.

"I'm delighted to be named as the U.S. Philanthropy Expert for the prestigious De Dikke Blauwe," said Putnam-Walkerly. "I am excited to share content and insight with Dutch philanthropists and foundations to help them increase their impact, but I also believe there is a lot to learn from philanthropy in the Netherlands and around the world to improve philanthropic practices in the United States."

"Kris Putnam-Walkerly's advice is vital for philanthropy. Her wisdom and insight are a valuable asset for all foundation boards and staff," said Cole Wilbur, Trustee Emeritus and Former President of The David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

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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