The ImpactAssets Handbook For Investors

Generating Social and Environmental Value Through Capital Investing

One of the most striking trends in the world of investing is the ever-growing interest in making investments that are highly impactful upon both society and the environment as an integral strategy for generating financial returns. These kinds of investments don’t just make more money, they leave a legacy. With contributions from many of the leading expert investors in the field, this handbook outlines the key components to making investments that are catalysts for positive change and lasting influence.

As one of the book’s featured authors, Kris Putnam-Walkerly sets forth the fundamental strategies for making high-impact philanthropic investments in her chapter entitled, “Transformational Giving: Philanthropy as an Investment in Change.” Many investors see philanthropy simply as a way of “giving back,” but Kris debunks this myth by demonstrating how it is, in fact, a crucial asset class that can strengthen a portfolio and effect measurable, meaningful change in the world around us. This chapter highlights the most essential elements of Transformational Giving, such as:

  • 11 Core Practices for Effective Philanthropy
  • 10 Ways Investors Increase Philanthropic Effectiveness
  • Avoiding Delusional Altruism

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A much-needed guide for investors seeking to both understand the impact investing landscape and engage their own portfolios for impact. Full of examples and resources to provide guidance and insight along the journey.
— Ron D. Cordes, Co-founder, Cordes Foundation
The ImpactAssets Handbook for Investors takes a sledgehammer to the fossilized mind-set that financial returns are all that matter. Jed Emerson and his coauthors give color and texture to an approach to investment and business that is changing our economy more effectively […] than government.
— Seth Goldman, Co-founder and TeaEO Emeritus, Honest Tea

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Confident Giving Book
As a grantmaker, what do you wish you could do better? What’s standing in your way? How do you eliminate the thoughts and practices that hinder your efforts and elevate the ones that enhance your effectiveness?
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Kris Putnam-Walkerly’s Live Webinar Series 2018
My new live streaming video series for 2018 will help you explore new ideas, enlighten your perspective on philanthropy, and provide you with concrete tools and strategies to get more impact from every charitable dollar. All you need is a laptop, tablet or smartphone, and you’ll receive some of my most popular and provocative advice, straight from me to you. Live streaming also provides you with the opportunity to interact with me and ask questions in real time.
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Philanthropy411 Blog
Read the popular Philanthropy 411 blog to keep up with the latest from Kris and other experts on every aspect of giving and grantmaking.
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Putnam Consulting Group is pleased to share its knowledge with the field. Browse topics below to find articles to inspire and guide your work.

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Our Confident Giving℠ e-newsletter provides quick, easy-to-implement ideas for boosting your grantmaking effectiveness to achieve dramatic results.
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Have a few minutes to spare? Become a smarter grantmaker by listening to a quick podcast from Kris while you're at your desk, on a walk, or in your car. What you learn in a few minutes can save you time and increase your impact now and in the future!
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Asking “What If?”
Download your free copy of “Asking ‘What If?’ Using Research and Development as a Strategy to Achieve Dramatic Impact” by filling out the form below.
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5 Best Practices of Extraordinary Grantmakers
Download your free copy of “5 Best Practices of Extraordinary Grantmakers" by filling out the form below. We'll also send you regular tips and ideas for effective grantmaking.
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