Testimonials

We’ve worked with grantmaking clients of all sizes and all types. Here’s what they have to say about their experience with Putnam.

Kris’s presentation on grantmaking was one of the most valuable conference sessions I have ever attended. She fully engaged the group and made me think more strategically about our Foundation. I want to work more with her!
Maureen Sheehan Massaro, Executive Director,
Wilson Sheehan Foundation
Maureen Sheehan Massaro
Kris’s presentations are a compelling combination of solid best-practice information coupled with real-world examples from her work with numerous foundations.
Ret Boney, Executive Director,
North Carolina Network of Grantmakers
Ret Boney
Kris has a refreshingly clear-eyed point of view on philanthropy. She can cut through the noise and keep things focused, which has made her both a valuable advisor and a good speaker for our members.
Tamir Novotny, Executive Director,
Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy
Tamir Novotny
Kris is great at making the complex easy to understand, and helps grantmakers shift their thinking to embrace new possibilities and opportunities. Her presentations to our board and grantmakers association were engaging, informative and inspiring, and have set us all on a clearer path toward effectiveness.
LaTida Smith, CEO, Moses Taylor Foundation
LaTida Smith
Kris led our board through a very comprehensive and thorough strategic plan refresh process that allowed us to confidently develop the next steps for our organization. It was just the right approach to amplify our impact.
Deborah Ellwood, CEO, CFLeads
Deborah Ellwood
The Putnam Team was instrumental in helping shape my big picture ideas into an actionable and sensitive representation of our major rural community health improvement initiative. The wealth of tools and connections they created to tell our story are things that we will use for years to come. We would definitely work with Kris and colleagues again.
Allen Smart, Vice President
Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
Allen Smart
Putnam Consulting Group really understands how foundations work. They have a high level of knowledge and are very professional. Kris was clear about what they could do and when they could do it, and she always delivered on time.
Christy Pichel, President
Stuart Foundation
Christy Pichel
Putnam Consulting group's approach is refreshing! It's the right approach. They make sure our philanthropy makes sense -- to us and our partners, grantees, and community.
Sherece West-Scantlebury, Ph.D.
President and CEO,Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
Sherece West-Scantlebury, Ph.D.
Our evaluation work with Putnam was essential to supporting one of the most significant grantmaking endeavors our foundation has ever had. Kris helped our board see the importance of looking beyond the grant award itself, and we are looking forward to doing more evaluations like this as our organization matures.
Alison Belfrage, Executive Director
Ohio State Bar Foundation
Alison Belfrage
We hired Putnam to conduct an environmental scan of the field of neuroscience and its application to interventions for children and youth. Putnam provided a comprehensive road map and conveyed several strategies for program investments with clear delineation of the pros and cons of each. As a result, we were able to identify new funding opportunities and invest in them with great confidence.
Jane Isaacs Lowe, Senior Adviser for Program Development
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Jane Isaacs Lowe
Kris expertly managed our $20 million grantmaking initiative to solicit, review, and select grantees to support Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Her consulting services are of exceptional quality and I highly recommend her.
Juan Davila, Executive Vice President
Blue Shield of California
Juan Davila
Today, everyone is trying to do more with less. You need consultants who are a quick study, who already have broad experience, and who can work with a variety of people. Putnam Consulting Group has all these qualities. We will definitely work with them in the future.
Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and CEO
PolicyLink
Angela Glover Blackwell
Working with Putnam is extremely beneficial. Their attention to detail — specifically in analyzing and sharing information to support our decision making — helped us to stay organized and on time and really made an RFP process that was so overwhelmingly big seem well organized to all participants.
Maisha Simmons, Senior Program Officer
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Maisha Simmons
We’ve hired Putnam time and again for several projects, including objective evaluations of our own internal operations. The Putnam team stands out because they always take the time to really understand what we need, and they maintain their objectivity to make sound recommendations. I highly recommend them.
Mark Smith, Former CEO
California HealthCare Foundation
Mark Smith
Putnam’s ability to collect the best thinking and present it back to the field has been a valuable asset for EPIP and helped enhance our reputation. It also allowed us to play a key role in advancing the talent and leadership development movement within the field of philanthropy.
Rahsaan Harris, Executive Director
Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy
Rahsaan Harris
Since working with Putnam Consulting Group we have a far more streamlined grantmaking process, and we get all the answers we need to make sound grantmaking decisions. If we ever need to undertake a similar project, Kris will be at the top of our list.
Merle Gordon, Director, Community Benefit
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Ohio
Merle Gordon
Creating a theory of change is challenging work, but Kris helped us envision and plan where we want to go and did so in a way that incorporates diverse perspectives and complex ideals. Now we are much more targeted and clear about what we're working to accomplish and how we'll get here.
Sue Krey, President
Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland
Sue Krey
We trusted the Putnam team to create an honest retrospective about our work with race, both inside and outside the Casey Foundation — and they delivered beautifully. They made our staff and partners comfortable talking about a sensitive subject and allowed the spirit of our work to shine through. Now we have a way to share our story and use it to launch a new era of race equity and inclusion within Casey and beyond.
Nonet Sykes, Director
Race Equity and Inclusion
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Nonet Sykes
The impact assessment that Putnam conducted for EPIP really helped to shape our organization’s strategies for growth. We had minimal evaluation mechanisms in place and an urgent timeline — but Putnam met those challenges with flying colors. They delivered engaging qualitative and quantitative data in both written and multimedia formats that proved our organization’s unique value proposition to all of our key audiences and were key in ensuring our sustainability.
Rusty Stahl, Founder and former Executive Director
Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy
Rusty Stahl
We’ve received only positive feedback from our partners about Putnam Consulting Group. They helped me stay organized and ahead of the curve while organizing and planning one of the most comprehensive initiatives that our foundation has ever launched.
Lisa Bottoms, Program Director
The Cleveland Foundation
Lisa Bottoms
Kris cares deeply about communities. She worked with ethnically and socioeconomically diverse neighborhoods and was able to build trust and understanding while providing us with valuable insights.
Michael Baloing, Former Program Officer
The California Wellness Foundation
Michael Baloing
We needed more than an environmental scan. We needed someone to give us their analytical perspective on how best to build out an initiative of largely disconnected campuses and create a unified whole. Kris and her team delivered all this so we could get the initiative up and running. I would definitely hire her again.
Denis Udall, Former Senior Program Officer
Walter S. Johnson Foundation
Denis Udall
Putnam crafted an analysis that helped us more deeply understand the impact and challenges of our investments in youth media, which guided our work to its next phase. As a result of their findings, we doubled the number of grants we were making and expanded our geographic reach. I strongly recommend them.
Rhonnel Sotelo, Chief Operating Officer
Stuart Foundation
Rhonnel Sotelo
We wanted to create a niche leadership recognition program, and we approached Kris because of her deep knowledge of California, nonprofits, and how foundations were thinking about this body of work. She was instrumental in defining and developing a unique focus for our program. As a result, we created a high-profile program, the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award, that really focuses on key issues facing our state.
Lande Ajose, Former Senior Program Officer
The James Irvine Foundation
Lande Ajose
Kris has a proven ability to do what she says she’ll do, on budget, on schedule, every single time. Her reports are concise, accessible, and incredibly comprehensive.
Eric Sloan, Program Officer
Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation
Eric Sloan
Kris Putnam-Walkerly knows the philanthropy field, has the relationships, and understands the behavior and culture of foundations.
Colin Lacon, President and CEO
Northern California Grantmakers
Colin Lacon
Kris asked us questions about our strategic planning that we hadn’t considered. She challenged our thinking and helped us answer key questions around the identity and purpose of our foundation. At the end, we were able to clearly articulate our value in a way that attracted new funding.
Dave Henderson, Board Chair
Stroke Awareness Foundation
Dave Henderson
Putnam was instrumental in helping the United Way of the Bay Area identify organizational challenges and set priorities to tackle these challenges. They did this in a very thorough and responsive way, without taking too much of our staff’s time. The Putnam team understood our institutional culture and brought remarkable diplomacy to a difficult situation. They presented their findings to our various stakeholders in ways that prompted action and commitment and have changed the way we do business here.
Molly Wertz, Vice President
United Way of the Bay Area
Molly Wertz
We wanted to motivate other funders to support nonprofit talent and leadership by sharing the incredible work in process of our grantee partners. Putnam immediately understood the complexity of the work and distilled it into a variety of tools that the foundation is using now to promote the early successes and build momentum and support within the field.
Rafael Lopez, Associate Director
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Rafael Lopez
We had an idea for a new initiative but needed to refine and expand upon it. Putnam added muscle to our existing staff capacity, including the organizational skills to coordinate, publicize, and convene a series of national workshops, and helped us pinpoint our program design. The initiative, Jobs to Careers, has received tremendous response, including an award from the Council on Foundations. I would definitely hire Putnam again.
Victor Capoccia, Senior Program Officer
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Victor Capoccia