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New Corporate Philanthropy Book by Kris Putnam-Walkerly Named One of “The 10 Best Corporate Social Responsibility Books”

Press Release – CLEVELAND, Jan. 17, 2017 – When Versaic, leading provider of online corporate social responsibility program management solutions, asked philanthropy thought leaders to pick their favorite books, Kris Putnam-Walkerly’s Confident Giving: Sage Advice for Funders, was named one of “The 10 Best Corporate Social Responsibility Books to Give as Gifts or Read.”

Putnam-Walkerly, the president of Cleveland-based Putnam Consulting Group, Inc., is a global philanthropy advisor who coaches and speaks to philanthropists, foundation boards, corporate giving programs, and grant maker associations. She joined such prominent authors as Arianna Huffington who was also honored for her book Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, and Dan Pallota, author of Charity Case.

“We believe that those actively working in CSR are in the best position to identify resources that work. For our Top 10 list, we reached out to thought leaders in the space and asked for their recommendations. They identified Confident Giving as among the best of the best,” said Burt Cummings, CEO of Versaic.

“I’m not surprised to find Confident Giving on this list,” said Alicia Procello Maddox, president of the Avery Dennison Foundation. “Kris has a direct, matter-of-fact style and unquestionable logic when it comes to corporate giving in ways that are efficient, effective and ultimately beneficial for communities and companies alike. She also knows how to explain her ideas clearly and simply in ways that shine through the fog of ‘corporatespeak.'”

About Confident Giving

Philanthropists and grant makers will become more efficient and more effective in their charitable giving when they read Confident Giving.

Based on Kris Putnam-Walkerly’s humorous and insightful blog posts that bring out the triumphs and tragedies of grant making, philanthropists will gain provocative ideas that will transform their practices. They also will be better able to identify worthy programs to support.

“As a grant maker, what do you wish you could do better? What’s standing in your way? How do you eliminate the thoughts and practices that hinder your efforts and elevate the ones that enhance your effectiveness?” said Putnam-Walkerly, who was recently named one of America’s Top 25 Philanthropy Speakers by Philanthropy Media.

Confident Giving offers Putnam-Walkerly’s unique insights to help grant makers run their organizations more easily and effectively. Her advice will help high-wealth donors and philanthropic organizations, government organizations, as well as CEOs and senior management at foundations, community foundations and corporate philanthropies.

Using a refreshing combination of common sense and humor, the book helps readers learn how to:

  • Streamline grant making processes
  • Approach grant making with an abundance mentality
  • Define your personal journey as a grant maker
  • Deal effectively with real-life hurdles grant makers face every day

Confident Giving is available in print and Kindle. The book has 155 pages. The price is $14.95. The ISBN is 978-0-692-61891-2.

The book can be ordered at

Praise for Kris Putnam-Walkerly and “Confident Giving”

“Kris shares the kind of advice that one wishes every consultant would give— insightful, useful and to the point, and always with good humor. She provides clear and inspiring thinking that comes from her experiences and a clear passion for our field.”

— Peter Long, President & CEO, Blue Shield of California Foundation

Having known and worked with Kris for years, I’m always eager to find Confident Giving in my inbox. The ideas she shares are easy to read and engaging to think about—and have shown me many ways to improve our own strategies.

— Nonet Sykes, Director of Race, Equity, and Inclusion, Annie E. Casey Foundation

About Kris Putnam-Walkerly

Kris Putnam-Walkerly, MSW, is a global philanthropy advisor and president of Putnam Consulting Group, Inc. For more than 18 years, top philanthropies have requested Kris’s help to transform their giving and catapult their impact, including designing strategies that achieve results, streamline operations, assess impact, and allocate funds. Her clients include the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Avery Dennison, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, and California HealthCare Foundation, among dozens of others.

A thought leader in transformative philanthropy, Kris is the author of Confident Giving and the forthcoming book, Delusional Altruism. 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, Exponent Philanthropy, and AsianNGO Magazine. She provides expert commentary about philanthropy in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Washington Examiner,,, and others.

Prior to forming Putnam Consulting Group, she was a grant maker at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and an evaluator at the highly esteemed Stanford University School of Medicine.


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