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Kris Putnam-Walkerly

Practical advice Kris Putnam-Walkerly 17 May 2020

Rapid strategy development in times of crisis

Strategies guide philanthropists during tumultuous times  Philanthropists are most effective when they have a strategy. And, formulating that strategy is easier than you think. With a strategy ready to guide decisions, givers save time and …

Practical advice Kris Putnam-Walkerly 25 March 2020

COVID-19 doesn’t need to slow you down

In the past week, I’ve heard a dozen examples of philanthropists who dramatically slowed or halted their work because of cancelled trips or the need to work remotely. Assuming loved ones and colleagues are not …

Practical advice Kris Putnam-Walkerly 11 March 2020

Three signs of a scarcity mindset in your philanthropy

As a donor, you want to change the world. You seek transformational change. You don’t want a band-aid. You want solutions. But something stands in your way. That thing between well-intentioned donors and transformational giving …

Practical advice Kris Putnam-Walkerly 19 September 2019

Small Donors, big thinking

How small investors can change the world ‘Small but mighty’ is a phrase we’ve seen applied time and again to describe something that seems too little to notice but that packs a wallop when it …

Practical advice Kris Putnam-Walkerly 15 June 2019

Three conditions for dramatic impact in philanthropy

Have the most impact possible in your charitable giving. If you want to achieve dramatic impact in philanthropy you need to know where you’re going, you need to get there, and you need to know …

Practical advice Kris Putnam-Walkerly 28 February 2019

What’s your ‘secret weapon’​ in philanthropy?

Free yourself from the daily grind and support your best work. Keeping up with board meetings, grant applications, new partnerships, changes in technology and more can make the day-to-day work of managing a foundation very …

Practical advice Kris Putnam-Walkerly 3 January 2019

Bringing the joy back to your philanthropy

Here are five steps you can take to rekindle your love of philanthropy. Renew the spark that set you on this path. When you first entered the world of philanthropy, did you begin each new …

Practical advice Kris Putnam-Walkerly 19 December 2018

How to make your funder collaboration a success

Four best practices for effectively partnering with other funders Philanthropists often expect nonprofits to collaborate, but they less frequently turn that expectation on themselves. Yet there is tremendous opportunity to exponentially expand the impact of …

Practical advice Kris Putnam-Walkerly 24 October 2018

Philanthropy – The forgotten investment asset

Why philanthropic giving is a smart investment tool for business. Socially conscious investors are after more than just financial returns. In addition to making money in the markets, we also want to make a difference. …

Practical advice Kris Putnam-Walkerly 26 August 2018

Responsive vs. Strategic Grantmaking: Which one is right for you?

In philanthropy, there is much written about responsive and strategic approaches to philanthropy. Which approach is the most appropriate? Meaningful? Effective? Grantmakers have many roles to play in a community, and how they define those …