Rapid Strategy Development & Implementation

You want to use your philanthropy to change the world.
But how do you realize your vision during a crisis?

To navigate and lead during turbulent times, you need a flexible strategy. Your strategy defines what you want to accomplish and how you want to accomplish it. Yet too often, philanthropists lack clarity on both.

As a leader, you may be lacking critical clarity if you:

  • Don’t have a strategy to reach your philanthropic goals
  • Have an outdated strategic plan and don’t refer to it
  • Have a strategy, but haven't reviewed it during the COVID-19 crisis to determine what stays the same and what needs to change.
  • Get easily pulled into different directions and disconnected activities
  • Are challenged getting your people to focus on top priorities
  • Make a lot of grants, but lack insight on what they’re accomplishing

Whether you’re developing your strategy for the first time, looking to refresh an existing one, undertaking a dramatic shift, or need to rapidly implement your strategy, renowned global philanthropy advisor Kris Putnam-Walkerly can help. And she can do it quickly and by working with your team remotely!

"As my trusted advisor, Kris Putnam-Walkerly helped our foundation navigate an organizational transformation to become more strategic and develop a clear plan to implement our new strategy. She offers funders a fresh perspective and practical tips to improve their giving."
Dr. Laura Gerald
President, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust

How Kris Can Help You

Sentient Strategy

Sentient Strategy® is a revolutionary approach to formulate strategy quickly, to be used immediately for as long as conditions warrant, and then to make changes rapidly as conditions change.  It builds a simple and flexible strategic approach that creates a road map for change and holds people accountable for rapid implementation.

If this crisis had taught us anything, it’s the futility of spending one year to create a three-year strategic plan. Strategy must be easily adaptable to achieve positive social change in a world where disruption and volatility are the status quo. Now more than ever, philanthropists must be aware of the changing environment in which they operate, and the implications of their actions on others. The Sentient approach helps you do that. You’ll achieve faster results and have a flexible template for adjusting course regularly.  

With the right preparation and discipline, Sentient Strategy can be developed in person or remotely within a week!  Kris can then be available to offer your team implementation advice and guidance for a period of 30, 60 or 90 days, depending upon your needs

In a one-day Sentient Strategy workshop you will:

  • Create a clear picture of who you want to be (and the impact you want to have) in 12 months
  • Identify the 3-4 critical strategic factors that should be the focus of your actions
  • Create a road map of the actions you need to take to move from where you are today, to where you want to be in 12 months
  • Assign accountabilities to ensure progress is made, with metrics to track progress
  • Begin implementing your strategy immediately, with your team focused on top priorities
  • Create an ongoing and daily template for decision-making
  • Achieve your objectives faster and most cost-effectively than you ever thought possible


    Kris Putnam-Walkerly is one of only a dozen consultants globally who have been certified by Alan Weiss to deliver Sentient Strategy® .

Strategy Implementation

A well-developed strategy is only useful if it’s implemented! To ensure success, Kris will help you more effectively execute your strategy toward your desired future:

  • Determine your top implementation priorities
  • Assign accountability among your team
  • Align your people, systems, and structures to immediately begin implementation
  • Identify and remove barriers to implementation
  • Maintain momentum and adjust course as needed

Design and Launch of Strategic Initiatives

Kris’s philanthropic advising services can also guide you as you develop your next strategic funding initiative. She can expertly coach you and your team to:
  • Assess needs and conduct environmental scans
  • Clarify philanthropic goals and tactics
  • Identify best practices
  • Engage stakeholders and partners
  • Leverage resources

Strategy Tune-Up

For funders that are implementing their strategy or funding initiative, an annual strategy tune-up can keep your strategy fresh and on track. Kris can help you to quickly:

  • Assess progress
  • Identify and address challenges
  • Update goals and priorities
  • Gain alignment
  • Reinvigorate implementation

Get Started

Are you ready to hone your strategic philanthropy approach to maximize your mission? Kris also offers a VIP Strategy & Coaching Day.

Learn more about strategic philanthropy services today!

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