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Philanthropy expert Kris Putnam-Walkerly is regularly quoted in national and industry publications.

In the midst of all the unprecedented challenges that companies need to focus on during the COVID-19 crisis, there is also an immense opportunity to do good. Right now, the world needs philanthropists more than ever and corporate giving offers another way for your company to differentiate itself and go deep as a leader.

Questions are surprisingly powerful. The right questions spark learning, fuel innovation, create clarity, build trust, mitigate risk and save money. That sounds pretty good, right? I believe that achieving transformational impact as a philanthropist starts with asking the right questions. In my book Delusional Altruism, I define the 12 most important questions high-performing philanthropists should ask regularly. Asking (and answering) these questions will transform your giving and accelerate your speed to impact. Here are the four to ask first.

As someone who has advised philanthropists for over two decades, I’m getting a birds-eye view of leaders in action and it’s very instructive. Many donors are rapidly providing additional grants to the nonprofits they support, speeding up their decision-making, eliminating funding restrictions, extending grant deadlines, and joining local crisis response funds to coordinate resources throughout their communities. Regardless of a donor’s focus, there are many ways to help soften the curve of crisis for grantees working to advance change. Here are five that can be acted on immediately.

Thinking about putting your philanthropy on hold till the summer or fall while you and your team regroup? The global COVID-19 pandemic is confusing. You might suddenly find yourself on lockdown, and working remotely for the first time, and figuring out how to homeschool your kids.

If this virus is teaching us anything, it’s that we can be responsive and flexible in the face of adversity—at a massive scale. It’s true, we can join the many people talking about what’s going wrong, but we can also acknowledge all the collaboration and unprecedented actions people are taking in cities, towns and across the globe to try to slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and protect those among us who are most at risk. In this moment, philanthropists in particular find themselves in a unique position of potentially helping. The trick lies in helping your philanthropic clients to mobilize quickly, appropriately and effectively.

Crises bring massive social, health and economic uncertainties, challenges and hardships. But being an effective philanthropist requires letting go of what I call “delusional altruism”—modes of thinking and behavior that get in the way of achieving goals. During times of uncertainty, these pitfalls can turn into defaults.

As a long-time philanthropy advisor, I help my clients recognize when their giving approach is a form of “Delusional Altruism.” Then, together, we work to change defeating patterns and dramatically increase their effectiveness. At a time of extreme uncertainty and challenges here are five focus areas that can dramatically improve your effectiveness today, and into the future.

Crises bring massive social, health and economic uncertainties, challenges and hardships. But being an effective philanthropist requires letting go of what I call “delusional altruism”—modes of thinking and behavior that get in the way of achieving goals. During times of uncertainty, these pitfalls can turn into defaults.

Here are six common mistakes wealthy donors often make during a crisis, be it a pandemic or another kind of disaster, and what to do instead.

It’s a historic outpouring of financial support from leaders in media and tech, and could herald more to come, says Kris Putnam-Walkerly, a philanthropy consultant and author of the recently published book “Delusional Altruism.”

Wealthy denizens of Hollywood and Silicon Valley — an elite strata not always held in the highest esteem by the general public — have pledged large donations amid the global economic chaos to help those afflicted by the coronavirus. “If anyone can afford to give right now, it’s the billionaire class,” says David Callahan, founder and editor of news site Inside Philanthropy.

At some point in their lives, many of your clients will be focusing on their legacy. Kris Putnam-Walkerly has some suggestions for you on how to set yourself apart from your competitors by delivering better advice.

Philanthropists and their advisors need to ask the nonprofits they support to explain exactly what they need during the coronavirus pandemic, says Kris Putnam-Walkerly, founder of Putnam Consulting Group in Cleveland.

Kris Putnam-Walkerly, global philanthropy advisor and president of Putnam Consulting Group, Inc., released her book Delusional Altruism on March 24, 2020.

Kris Putnam-Walkerly, global philanthropy advisor and president of Putnam Consulting Group, Inc., was named on America’s Top 20 Philanthropy Speakers for educating millions of listeners on the power of philanthropy.

Kris Putnam-Walkerly, global philanthropy advisor and president of Putnam Consulting Group, Inc., was named U.S. Philanthropy Expert for De Dikke Blauwe, the leading opinion platform for Dutch philanthropy in the Netherlands.
There’s no single way to handle massive wealth. There are, however, some common mistakes to learn from.

Speak to a few family office experts, and you’ll hear the phrase “When you’ve seen one family office, you’ve seen one family office.” In other words, there’s no uniform method for handling great wealth.

The ultra-wealthy have a peculiar set of wealth management needs different from most investors, but like most investors, they too are fallible and make mistakes, according to financial professionals working with such clients.

Kris Putnam-Walkerly, president of Putnam Consulting Group, Inc., has announced a new partnership with Alliance Magazine, the leading magazine for philanthropy and social investment worldwide, to provide practical advice for global philanthropists.
New tax laws have changed how much of a tax break you might get for giving to charities and causes. Those changes are worrying some non-profits that need your end of the year gifts, especially to help provide human services. But if you really want to give, and get a tax break, you can find a way.
In this podcast, Kris talks about the connections between philanthropy and marketing, including the research that shows consumers prefer brands that participate in cause marketing.
In one, conducted by the World Giving Index and published by the Charities Aid Foundation, Americans were found to be among the most charitable people in the world.

In 2017, about 75% of small businesses donated to charity. Small businesses should not forgo their opportunity to be charitable just because they’re small. In fact, despite the new tax laws put into place this year, donating to a worthy cause can actually help your business.

During an interview, Kris shared her thoughts on the current state of philanthropy and how individuals can become more effective donors in this climate.

If your business wants to give to charity this holiday season, or at all during the year, it’s crucial to follow a few guidelines.

Lots of small companies support charitable causes. For many of them, though, the desire to do good raises tricky questions.

Confident Giving: Sage Advice for Funders, a new book on effective philanthropy written by Kris Putnam-Walkerly, President of Putnam Consulting Group, Inc., was named an award finalist for the 2017 Best Book Awards in the category of Social Change.

Confident Giving: Sage Advice for Funders, a new book on effective philanthropy written by Kris Putnam-Walkerly, President of Putnam Consulting Group, Inc., was named a 2017 Bookvana Award winner in the category of Social Change.

If you’re eager to help those who’ve lost their homes or jobs to Harvey, you can give directly via charity websites, but do your homework first to make sure your donations are going to a legitimate charity.

When we think about trends in philanthropy during what is likely to be an ongoing period of uncertainty, the temptation is to throw up our hands and say, “Who could possibly know?” There are things that will likely occur as foundations struggle to adapt to new policies, and others that will happen no matter what the political climate. With that in mind, here are 10 trends that may start or grow in philanthropy during the coming year.

The criteria include thought leadership, excellence in communication, and significant contributions to the profession. Among her leading-edge approaches in the field is her concept of “Delusional Altruism℠”— misguided giving and lack of impact.

Based on her humorous and insightful blog posts that bring out the triumphs and tragedies of grantmaking, this book supplies philanthropists with a wealth of provocative ideas that will transform their practices. They also will be better able to identify worthy programs to support when they heed the recommendations of Putnam-Walkerly, who advises and speaks to foundation boards, philanthropy associations and funder networks.

By the end of 2017, Best Buy plans to nearly double the number of its Teen Tech Centers for underserved youth, bringing the total to 20.

Kris Putnam-Walkerly, global philanthropy advisor and President of Putnam Consulting Group, has been named a 2017 inductee into the Million Dollar Consultant® Hall of Fame, as announced at a ceremony at the Intercontinental Hotel in Dallas conducted by Alan Weiss, Ph.D., the globally-acclaimed “consultant’s consultant.” Putnam-Walkerly is one of only six consultants recently selected to receive this honor.

Based on her humorous and insightful blog posts that bring out the triumphs and tragedies of grantmaking, philanthropists will gain provocative ideas that will transform their practices. They also will be better able to identify worthy programs to support when they heed the recommendations of Putnam-Walkerly, who advises and speaks to foundation boards, community associations and professional associations.

When Versaic, leading provider of online corporate social responsibility program management solutions, asked philanthropy thought leaders to pick their favorite books, Kris Putnam-Walkerly’s Confident Giving: Sage Advice for Funders, was named one of “The 10 Best Corporate Social Responsibility Books to Give as Gifts or Read.”

The term “equity” is spreading like wildfire in some philanthropic circles. It is showing up more and more in organizations’ mission and values statements. It is making its way into the titles of conferences, plenary and breakout sessions, and meetings at the national, state, and local levels.

CLEVELAND, May 19, 2016 — Kris Putnam-Walkerly, president of Putnam Consulting Group, Inc., was named as one of America’s Top 25 Philanthropy Speakers for 2016 by Philanthropy Media and The Michael Chatman Giving Show. The Top 25 list was created from more than 25,000 survey responses from philanthropy experts, who submitted more than 1,000 nominees.

Talk to Marjorie Davis, and you’ll wonder why you worried so much. You’ll wonder why you opened and closed your checkbook, looked at the numbers again, factored in the worst-case scenario and still didn’t know whether you could afford to donate a dime this season. “We’re mothers and grandmothers,” Davis said, when I asked her where her bowling league, the Village Pin-Ups, found the cash to donate to The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy year after year. “So that ended it, right there.

Washington National Cathedral plans to slash its budget dramatically and lay off 30 percent of its staff to close a widening budget gap, leaders said yesterday. Just six months after its last round of cuts, the century-old institution plans to shut down a historic building on its grounds, cut back on choir performances, shrink its lecture and class schedule, outsource its retail operation and rely on volunteers to take over other functions, the Rev. Samuel Lloyd III, dean of the Episcopal cathedral, said in an interview yesterday.

“I’m thrilled Obama is President. He stopped the downward spiral of our economy, prevented the collapse of the financial industry, and is tackling health-care reform—which is a huge cost issue for small businesses. Plus he is encouraging social entrepreneurship through the new White House Office of Social Innovation & Civic Participation.”

As food prices soar, margins are thinning at Seattle-based Gourmondo Catering Co. But co-owner Alissa Leinonen Gallagher says the $2.5 million company won’t reduce its charitable donations–around $10,000 in cash and $40,000 in food and labor in 2007–despite the leaner days. “Profit isn’t as strong, but we’re profitable,” says Leinonen Gallagher, 38, of the company she founded with Ron Johnson, 45, in 1996. “We need to continue supporting the causes of our clients.”

DealerBob and Marianne Kasarda, executive producers of Eastern Christian Media, in the video studio used in their nonprofit online broadcast service in Cleveland. CLEVELAND, Ohio — Do what you love and the money will follow, they say. But out-of-work folks trying to elbow their way into the nonprofit field are learning this is a tough time to be a newcomer.

If you run a business on handshakes rather than fine print, it’s time to retool your policy in the New Year. In any economy, written procedures and well-defined contracts are critical to conducting “safe” business.

Lots of small companies support charitable causes. For many of them, though, the desire to do good raises tricky questions.

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