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Last updated: 2018-06-04


Kris Putnam-Walkerly

Kris Putnam-Walkerly

Kris Putnam-Walkerly is a global philanthropy expert and advisor who helps donors give faster, with high confidence, to achieve greater impact. Kris helps philanthropists transform their giving for greater impact.
A thought leader in transformative philanthropy, Kris Putnam-Walkerly was named one of America’s Top 25 Philanthropy Speakers in 2016 and in 2017. She is the author of Confident Giving, which was recently named one of the 10 Best Corporate Social Responsibility Books, and chosen as a finalist in 2017 International Book Awards. She is a frequent contributor in the publications of leading philanthropy associations including the National Center for Family Philanthropy, Foundation Center, Southeastern Council on Foundations and Exponent Philanthropy. She provides expert commentary about philanthropy in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Washington Examiner, Entepreneur.com, BusinessWeek.com, Forbes.com, and others. Kris’s success as a global philanthropy expert and advisor has earned her a place in the 2017 Million Dollar Consultant Hall of Fame, a rare honor, which has only seventy-five members worldwide.

Kris Putnam-Walkerly provides clarity and confidence to the world’s leading philanthropic change makers with uniquely client-centered services that take organizations beyond the norm for maximized societal impact. Kris serves as a trusted advisor to foundation leaders and high-wealth donors across the globe. She provides the clarity needed to significantly accelerate the speed and quality of decision-making on issues big and small. She also acts as a confidential sounding board who offers her clients a third-party objective view to quickly propel philanthropic leaders and their strategies forward.

Since 1999, Kris has been transforming the giving strategies of funders with our consultation, guidance, impact evaluation, communications savvy and more.

Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Kris is privileged to serve grant making teams and foundation leadership across the globe.