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Top Ten Articles of 2019
Kris Putnam-Walkerly -- Global Philanthropy Expert Kris Putnam-Walkerly -- Global Philanthropy Expert
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Dateline: Cleveland , OH
Wednesday, January 08, 2020


As we embark on a new year, I wanted to share with you my top 10 articles that most engaged readers like you over the past year. I’m often told that my articles are provocative AND practical, and help them with the exact issues they are focusing on in their philanthropic efforts. 

And if you are looking for more ways to increase your speed to philanthropic impact, be sure to read my forthcoming book, Delusional Altruism: Why Philanthropists Fail to Achieve Change and What They Can Do to Transform Giving! It publishes the week of March 23rd and I’m so excited to share it with you! You can pre-order it now!

You Need A Strategic Catapult (And I’ll Tell You Why)

Instead of a strategic plan, philanthropy needs a strategic catapult. We need to climb onto a big rock and catapult ourselves from our current state to our desired future state, literally soaring over real and perceived barriers.

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Demolish Philanthropic Bureaucracy For Good

When it comes to philanthropic bureaucracy, sometimes what we really need is a bulldozer.

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Your Strategic Plan is About to Fail

Strategy most often fails in implementation. With all the effort that went into developing your new strategy and writing your strategic plan, the hardest part is making the darn thing work!

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10 Steps to Rapid Strategy Implementation

Few philanthropists take the first step toward rapid strategy implementation, and most never cross the finish line. Are you one of them?

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How To Prepare For These 5 Grantmaking Challenges

As a philanthropist, your ultimate goal is to make the world a better place by putting ideas into action and creating change where it is needed. To achieve this impact quickly and effectively, you need to be prepared for the expected.

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8 Mistakes To Avoid When Starting Out In Philanthropy

To help educate and guide foundation boards toward early and lasting success, here are eight common mistakes foundation trustees often make, and how to avoid them.

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Small Donors, Big Thinking

Small funders are often well positioned to be the catalyst or linchpin that launches true and lasting change.

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Are YOU The Bottleneck To Effective Giving?

When we forget how much our decisions and actions affect our grantees and partners, we risk forcing them to look elsewhere for a reliable ally.

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Ask This One Question To Save Time, Save Money And Achieve Greater Impact

Ask this one question, listen to the answer, implement the suggestion, save yourself time and resources, get faster results and have greater impact. 

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10 Questions Every Donor Should Ask Their Wealth Advisor

While many wealth advisors may be more than willing to help you and offer their advice, don’t assume they will be able to bring all the philanthropy expertise you need. Dig a little deeper than the words on their website to understand how they can help.

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Every philanthropist deserves a world-class advisor to guide them toward their greatest level of impact. 

As we launch into the new year, now is the time to quickly and dramatically transform your giving, catapult your impact, and experience greater joy in your work. I’d love to hear the latest about you and your philanthropy, and see if I can help. Let’s talk! Simply email me at kris@putnam-consulting.com or use the link below to schedule a call with me. Alternatively, you can always just call me! My number is +1-800-598-2102.

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I appreciate all of you who take time to send me your feedback, and invite you to continue sharing your thoughts and comments.

Happy New Year!

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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