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Philanthropy Expert Kris Putnam-Walkerly Inducted into Million Dollar Consultant® Hall of Fame

Press Release – CLEVELAND, March 13, 2017 — Kris Putnam-Walkerly, global philanthropy advisor and President of Putnam Consulting Group, has been named a 2017 inductee into the Million Dollar Consultant® Hall of Fame, as announced at a ceremony at the Intercontinental Hotel in Dallas conducted by Alan Weiss, Ph.D., the globally-acclaimed “consultant’s consultant.” Putnam-Walkerly is one of only six consultants recently selected to receive this honor.

Inductees are recognized outstanding accomplishments and are regarded by their peers as world leaders in consulting. Among Kris’s leading-edge approaches in philanthropy are her concepts of “delusional altruism™” which she defines as misguided giving and lack of impact, and “transformative giving™” — that in order to have a transformative impact on issues and communities, philanthropists must also transform and optimize their strategies and operations.

Putnam-Walkerly was selected for membership to this exclusive group of global consultants because she:

  • Serves as an exemplar to others in the profession.
  • Maintains the highest levels of integrity, ethics and accountability.
  • Has demonstrated revenue and profit achievement and growth.
  • Contributes intellectual capital to the profession.
  • Engages in continual, challenging, personal and professional development.
  • Takes risk and demonstrates resilience.

Dr. Weiss said, “Kris is creating innovative news ways to look at philanthropy and altruism so that both donor and recipient are better served and there is far more impact of the dollars being transferred. She is one of the global thought leaders in philanthropic philosophy and implementation.”

For over 18 years, Kris Putnam-Walkerly has helped top global philanthropists transform their giving for greater impact. She has advised clients such as the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, Avery Dennison, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to strategically allocate and assess over $350 million in grants and gifts. In addition to consulting, she has been named one of America’s Top 25 Philanthropy Speakers and provides expert commentary for publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and

Her book, Confident Giving: Sage Advice for Funders from One of Philanthropy’s Top Advisors, was recently chosen as one of “The 10 Best Corporate Social Responsibility Books.”

Putnam-Walkerly remarked, “What I like most about working with my clients is sharing in their desire to make life better for others. Alan Weiss’s Global Mentor Program has helped me give them the dramatic results they need to make that happen.”

“Kris brings a rare and unique perspective to her philanthropy consulting that makes it easy for us to bring our best selves to our work as grantmakers,” said Ronn Richard, CEO of the Cleveland Foundation. “It’s clear that she has invested in her own knowledge and capacity and has shared that with our field. In addition, she holds herself and her practice to the highest standards of integrity, honestly, clear thinking and creativity, and she helps our organization do the same.”

More details about the Million Dollar Consultant Hall of Fame can be found here:

For information about Kris Putnam-Walkerly, please visit her website

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