Kris Putnam-Walkerly

Three Behaviors That Isolate Philanthropists (And Make Them Less Effective)

Three Ways Funders Isolate Themselves (And What To Do Differently)

When nobody is offering you constructive criticism, take an honest look in the mirror.  I’d hazard a guess that in philanthropy circles, people aren’t often calling each other out for being delusional. That’s why I wrote a book on it. It’s called Delusional Altruism. In a nutshell, it’s about human behaviors we’re not even aware of …

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The ‘I Have No More Grant Budget’ Playbook

Four Almost-Free Things You Can Do To Help Nonprofits After You’ve Spent Your Grant Budget If you are like most of my philanthropic clients, when COVID-19 hit, you jumped into action. You heroically provided additional funding to grantees, created or joined local crisis response funds to coordinate resources, extended grant deadlines, eliminated funding restrictions, and …

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Three Signs Of A Scarcity Mindset: How To Unlock Your Philanthropic Impact

As a donor, you want to change the world. You seek transformational change. Lasting change. You don’t want band-aid solutions. You want to tackle a problem at its root, so it no longer exists. But something is standing in your way. That thing between well-intentioned donors and transformational giving is what I call Delusional Altruism. …

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Empower Your Philanthropy With These Four Questions

Transform your giving and accelerate your speed to impact. 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 a transformational impact as a philanthropist starts with asking the right questions. In my book Delusional Altruism, I …

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Increasing the Value of Philanthropy Membership Organizations

Philanthropy membership associations were made for times like these. Shining bright these past eight months, they’ve heroically grabbed their members’ hands and illuminated pathways forward. They’ve helped members navigate the pandemic and prepare for recovery, offering real-time learning, sharing best practices, creating rapid-response funds, soliciting critical information through surveys, supporting collaboration across government and business, …

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