Ten Ways Putnam Consulting Got It Right in 2016


Producing the Confident Giving newsletter is one my favorite things to do – in no small part because of readers like you who open, peruse, consider, and sometimes comment and share your thoughts with me. Thank you!

As a weekly publication, Confident Giving covers a lot of ground in a single year. In January it’s always interesting to take a look back at the topics that attracted our readers the most. I’m happy to share 2016’s top 10 most read topics below. And if there’s something you’d like to hear more of in 2017, please let me know!


1.  The Next Four Years: Keep Moving Forward

Before the 2016 election, our country was in a totally different place than it is now- here are seven things that come to mind as we consider the next four years.



2.  Foundations Move at the Speed of. . . Snails 

Grantmakers tend to move at a snail’s pace, but the more we help our clients to rapidly improve, the better! Here is a key tip to speed things up.




3.  What the Heck Does “Equity” Mean?

Take a closer look at philanthropy’s search for a clear definition and meaning in the word “equity.”




4.  What Respectful Philanthropy Looks Like

There are times when a culture of disrespect can be observed in the field of philanthropy- instead, observe a shining example of what respectful philanthropy can look like.




5.  A Culture of Disrespect in Philanthropy

The culture of disrespect in philanthropy is currently the exception, not the rule, but just like any other bad habit, it can quickly become the norm if left unchecked. Let’s not let that happen.




6.  Sharing Good News 

I am honored to have been named one of America’s Top 25 Philanthropy Speakers by Philanthropy Media!




7.  Your Attention, Please!

There are lessons in reading to one’s kids that are applicable to us as leaders in philanthropy.



mistake-18.  10 Mistakes New Foundation Boards Make (And How To Avoid Them – Pt 2) 

Here are an additional five practices that may get new foundation boards off to a rocky start, and how to avoid them!



mistake-29.  10 Mistakes New Foundation Boards Make (And How To Avoid Them – Pt 1)

It’s a big responsibility to get new foundations moving forward, so be aware of five mistakes that new foundation boards often make and how you can avoid them!



10.  Use an Abundance Mentality to Streamline Foundation Processes

Effectiveness can be increased and best work attained by learning to see beyond poverty mentality and recognizing the value of abundance!



Kris is a sought after philanthropy advisor, expert and award-winning author. She has helped over 90 foundations and philanthropists strategically allocate and assess over half a billion dollars in grants and gifts.

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