For over 20 years, top global philanthropies, ultra-high net worth 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 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.
Additionally, Kris works closely with estate planning attorneys, financial and wealth advisors, and family offices to serve wealthy families who wish to deepen their philanthropic commitments.
Kris contributes expert philanthropic commentary to the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Washington Post, Bloomberg, Alliance Magazine, Variety, Thrive Global, Worth Magazine, and other media. She was recently featured on NPR's Marketplace Morning Report, and she co-edited The Foundation Review's themed journal on philanthropy consulting. Kris is the author of her recently published book, Delusional Altruism: Why Philanthropists Fail to Achieve Change and What They Can Do To Transform Giving (Wiley 2020) and the author of Confident Giving: Sage Advice for Funders.
As president of Putnam Consulting Group, she is recognized worldwide as a leading philanthropy consultant. Recent awards include being named as a finalist for the Family Wealth Report Awards for "Philanthropy Advice" for 2022, Best Philanthropy Advisor of the Year (M&A Today 2021), Most Dedicated Philanthropic Advisor (LUXLife Magazine 2021), Philanthropy Advisor of the Year (Corporate America Today 2021), Best Philanthropy Advisor of the Year (Lawyer International 2021), Top 50 Philanthropy Bloggers & Influencers (Feedspot 2020), and Philanthropy Advisor of the Year (LUXLife Magazine 2020). Kris was also named one of "America's Top 25 Philanthropy Speakers" for the last three years (Philanthropy Media) and was inducted into the Million Dollar Consulting Hall of Fame in 2017.
Kris is an experienced speaker who regularly shares her knowledge and expertise to a variety of audiences. Drawing insight and wisdom from more than two decades of philanthropy consulting, she's been a featured presenter for associations, private donor meetings, and individual foundation boards.
She has served as a trustee or advisory member to the Community Foundation of Lorain County, Horizons Foundation, Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center, Foundation Center (now Candid) Midwest, and Philanthropy Ohio's Member Services Committee.
Prior to forming Putnam Consulting Group, Inc., Kris was a grantmaker at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and an evaluator at Stanford University School of Medicine. She holds a master's degree in social work from San Francisco State University and a bachelor's degree from Indiana University. She and her husband have five children and reside near Cleveland, Ohio. Learn more at putnam-consulting.com.