Kris Putnam-Walkerly

10 Questions to Improve Your Philanthropy

If you want to quickly improve your philanthropy, start by asking yourself these 10 questions. It’s hard to imagine something more inspiring related to collective learning and improvement than research and development teams working with university data scientists to predict COVID-19 hot spots and then placing clinical trials in those places to speed the creation …

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Four Simple Steps to Shift From Planning to Doing

You can quickly shift from planning to doing by following these four easy steps. Philanthropy focuses a lot of time and brainpower on the how-to of strategic planning and very little on practical implementation. And yet, if not implemented effectively all your planning will waste time and resources. Change is hard work. So, while this …

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A Year of Crisis Forced Foundations to Change Bad Practices. They Should Never Revert to the Old Ways.

Long before the pandemic hit, it was clear philanthropy needed an overhaul. But the health and economic crisis, combined with a national racial reckoning, forced grant makers’ hands. Foundations largely rose to the challenge by speeding up their grant making, increasing flexibility, and reducing funding restrictions. But now it appears those changes may be short lived. In the most …

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