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Sharing Some Good News!
Kris Putnam-Walkerly -- Global Philanthropy Expert Kris Putnam-Walkerly -- Global Philanthropy Expert
For Immediate Release:
Dateline: Cleveland, OH
Tuesday, January 3, 2023


Many silver linings amidst a challenging year!

2022 was quite a year for us all. For me personally, it was filled with deep challenges but also tremendous achievements and success.

In the first four months of last year, both my mom and stepmom died unexpectedly, a family home was destroyed by water damage, and I was thrust into homeschooling one of my kids (the kind of homeschooling where you are completely unprepared and unqualified and are making it up as you go!), and that same child experienced debilitating anxiety and social isolation. On top of that, I herniated one of my disks and for months I couldn’t sit without agonizing pain! And just last week I seriously injured both of my knees skiing (getting off the chair lift of a bunny hill. Yes, a bunny hill!).  Honestly, there was a lot about 2022 that was tough.

At the same time, I experienced significant joy and success. I got to spend my professional life doing what I love most – advising and coaching many amazing foundation CEOs and philanthropists. I experienced the satisfaction of knowing the advice I gave my clients in one-hour phone conversations saved them from wasting tremendous time and resources, dramatically reduced their stress, and gave them permission to change their lives and their foundations. My husband and I bought a new house and I’m having fun decorating and envisioning the parties I will throw this summer! Most importantly, my kid’s anxiety has dramatically diminished and they are thriving at a new (public) school whose leadership genuinely cares and supports all their students.

This year I am especially thrilled to have received several awards for my philanthropy advising. I’m honored to be recognized by my peers for what I do, and I’m excited to share them with you:

  • Best Philanthropy Advisor of the Year 2022- USA, Global 100
  • Philanthropy Advice Award, Annual Family Wealth Report Awards 2022
  • Best Philanthropy Advisor of the Year – USA, Lawyer International – Legal 100 – 2022
  • Most Influential Philanthropy Advisor – 2022 Global Excellence Awards
  • Best Philanthropy Advisor of the Year – USA, M&A Today – Global Awards – 2022
  • Best Philanthropists Endeavour Advisor – USA, LuxLife Magazine – 2022 Global Excellence Awards
  • Top 10 Inspiring Leaders of 2022, IE Magazine 

My work advising funders and donors to increase the clarity, impact, and joy of their philanthropic giving is incredibly rewarding and energizing. I truly appreciate each of you who read this newsletter, reply with comments, share them with colleagues, and tell me how they help you lead and give.

I wish you tremendous success and joy this year. And if you think there is any way I can help you in 2023, please let me know. Simply use this link to schedule a call with me.

About Kris Putnam-Walkerly

For over 20 years, top global philanthropies, UHNW donors, celebrity activists, foundations, wealth advisors, and Fortune 500 companies have sought Kris Putnam-Walkerly’s philanthropic advisory services to dramatically increase the clarity, speed, impact and joy of their giving. As a sought after philanthropy advisor, expert, speaker and award-winning author, she’s helped hundreds of foundations and philanthropists strategically allocate and assess over half a billion dollars in grants and gifts. Kris also contributes expert philanthropic commentary to the WSJ, Forbes, Washington Post, Bloomberg, Alliance Magazine, Variety, Thrive Global, Worth Magazine, NPR's Morning Report, and other media. Awards include being named "Philanthropy Advisor of the Year" in 2020 and 2021, "Most Dedicated Philanthropic Advisor" in 2021, one of “America’s Top 25 Philanthropy Speakers" three years in a row, and most recently was a finalist for the 2022 Family Wealth Report Awards for “Philanthropy Advice.” Kris is the author of Delusional Altruism: Why Philanthropists Fail To Achieve Change and What They Can Do To Transform Giving (Wiley, 2020) and Confident Giving: Sage Advice for Funders.

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