Keynote Speaking

Are you in need of a provocative, engaging voice at your next conference or private event? How about a respected, outside expert to enlighten your board or foundation members?

Named one of America’s Top 20 Philanthropy Speakers

Named one of America’s Top 20 Philanthropy Speakers, renowned philanthropy advisor and award winning published author Kris Putnam-Walkerly is an experienced speaker who regularly shares her knowledge and expertise to a variety of audiences. Drawing insight and wisdom from more than two decades of philanthropy consulting, she’s been a featured presenter for associations, private donor meetings, and individual foundation boards.

"Kris’s broad and deep knowledge of the philanthropic sector has been an asset as we work to help emerging foundations scale the learning curve. Her presentations are a compelling combination of solid best-practice information coupled with real-world examples from her work with numerous foundations."
Ret Boney
Executive Director, North Carolina Network of Grantmakers

How Kris Can Work With You

Kris’ wealth of experience makes her a highly qualified speaker on a variety of topics within the philanthropy space. Her recent and popular keynote and session topics include:

  • Delusional Altruism®
  • Transformational Giving®
  • 5 Best Practices of Extraordinary Grantmakers
  • Getting Out of Our Own Way for Greater Impact
  • Strategic, Responsive, or Both?
  • Out of Your Bubble and Into Your Community
"Kris is great at making the complex easy to understand, and helps grantmakers shift their thinking to embrace new possibilities and opportunities. Her presentations to our board and grantmakers association were engaging, informative and inspiring, and have set us all on a clearer path toward effectiveness."
LaTida Smith
President & CEO, Moses Taylor Foundation

Upcoming Speaking Engagements



Giving Compass Webinar

10am PT/1pm ET

Description: In her latest book, Delusional Altruism: Why Philanthropists Fail To Achieve Change and What They Can Do To Transform Giving, philanthropy advisor Kris Putnam-Walkerly provides real-world advice and practical guidance to help philanthropists avoid common delusional thoughts and practices that drastically hinder them from achieving transformational social change. In addition to helping you uncover self-limiting fallacies and how they may be manifesting in your giving efforts, Putnam-Walkerly shares proven strategies to avoid and overcome these pitfalls to realize your goal for impactful, sustainable change. Join Putnam-Walkerly for a special webinar where she’ll answer your questions about effective giving. Hosted by Giving Compass.



National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers Webinar

12pm ET

Description: Did you know that most philanthropists want to change the world, but they get in their own way? Kris Putnam-Walkerly, global philanthropy advisor and author of Delusional Altruism: Why Philanthropists Fail To Achieve Change And What They Can Do To Transform Giving (Wiley, March 2020), will share common delusional thoughts and practices that drastically hinder philanthropists from achieving transformational social change. She will also explain how consultants can inadvertently contribute to this delusional thinking, and what they can do to help funders transform their giving. 



Case Western Reserve University Nonprofit Management and Leadership Series

Cleveland, Ohio

Description: Celebrate April Nonprofit Impact Month with us! This session addresses how funders can achieve greater impact through their funding and how grantees and fundraisers can best understand how to help them do that.



SunTrust and McGuireWoods Private Foundation System

Richmond, VA

Description: Delusional Altruism


April 2021

Philanthropy Experts & Leaders Academy (PELA)

Naples, Florida

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