Kris Putnam-Walkerly is a trusted adviser to the world’s leading philanthropists. For more than 20 years, wealthy families, ultra-high net worth donors, foundations, Fortune 500 companies, and celebrity activists have sought and benefited from her advice to transform their giving and catapult their impact. As President of the Putnam Consulting Group, philanthropic advisor, speaker, and award-winning author, Kris has helped over 100 philanthropists strategically allocate over half a billion dollars in grants and gifts.
Kris’s clients include the J.M. Smucker Company, Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, and the National Center for Family Philanthropy. She has been named one of America’s top 25 speakers for the past three years and is the author of the book, Delusional Altruism: Why Philanthropists Fail To Achieve Change and What They Can Do To Transform Giving.
Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:
- Kris Putnam-Walkerly speaks to the timeliness and relevance of her new book, Delusional Altruism: Why Philanthropists Fail To Achieve Change and What They Can Do To Transform Giving
- How Kris helps families, foundations, and corporations have a more impactful philanthropy
- Contribution vs. attribution, and other conversations to have with donors to help them see the impact of their giving
- What is delusional altruism?
- How donors get in their own way when making a positive impact
- Some of the essential things philanthropists are doing during the ongoing pandemic— and what more they can do
- How nonprofits can align themselves with the missions of philanthropists and funding foundations
- What could philanthropists do to prepare for a post-COVID recovery phase?
In this episode…
Philanthropists, donors, and funders genuinely want to make a difference, positively impact their community, and change the world—but they’re getting in their way.
Why? A lot of the time, they’re clinging on to misguided beliefs and practices, and they’re not alone; philanthropy professionals are guilty of this, as well.
Kris Putnam-Walkerly, President of the Putnam Consulting Group, describes this situation as delusional altruism in her book. She says she wrote the book to help funders and philanthropy professionals recognize how they get in their way and what they can do differently to drive a more impactful giving.
In this episode of the Philanthropy212 Podcast, host Penny Cowden sits down with Kris Putnam-Walkerly, President of the Putnam Consulting Group. They talk about the timeliness and relevance of Kris’s book, Delusional Altruism: Why Philanthropists Fail To Achieve Change and What They Can Do To Transform Giving. Highlights of their conversation include how families, foundations, and corporations can have more impactful philanthropy, how donors get in their own way when making a positive impact, and more.
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Resources Mentioned in this episode
- Penny Cowden on LinkedIn
- Putnam Consulting Group
- Kris Putnam-Walkerly on LinkedIn
- Guide: Eight Things Every Philanthropist Can Do To Change The World Even When The World Keeps Changing
- Delusional Altruism: Why Philanthropists Fail To Achieve Change and What They Can Do To Transform Giving by Kris Putnam-Walkerly
- Confident Giving: Sage Advice for Funders from One of Philanthropy’s Top Advisors by Kris Putnam-Walkerly
Sponsor for this episode…
This episode is brought to you by Philanthropy212, a fundraising consulting company focused on helping not-for-profit organizations build sustainable practices and programs that raise more than just money.
Philanthropy212’s founder, Penny Cowden, has 25 years of experience in the industry and has helped raise more than $100 million for non-profits such as PeaceHealth, Sisters of Charity, Inova Health System, Banner Health System, and Sun Health.