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New Philanthropy Book, “Confident Giving,” Named as a Winner in the 2017 Bookvana Awards

Press Release – CLEVELAND, Aug. 22, 2017Confident Giving: Sage Advice for Funders, a new book on effective philanthropy written by Kris Putnam-Walkerly, President of Putnam Consulting Group, Inc., was named a 2017 Bookvana Award winner in the category of Social Change.

Based on her perceptive, humorous blog posts that highlight the triumphs and tragedies of grantmaking, Confident Giving offers philanthropists a wealth of provocative ideas to transform their practices. They also become equipped to identify worthy programs to support when they observe the recommendations of Putnam-Walkerly, who advises and speaks to philanthropy associations, foundation boards and funder networks.

Confident Giving was also named a finalist in the 2017 International Book Awards earlier this year.

“I’m thrilled that Confident Giving has been recognized as a valuable resource for social change,” said Putnam-Walkerly, who was recently named one of America’s Top 25 Philanthropy Speakers for the second year in a row by Philanthropy Media and The Michael Chatman Giving Show. Other finalists included Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation; Susan Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and Amy Danforth, President of Fidelity Charitable.

The Bookvana Awards, a new specialty book awards, honor books that elevate society, cultivate inner lives, and celebrate the human spirit. The president and CEO of American Book Fest, Jeffrey Keen, said that this year’s contest yielded hundreds of entries from authors and publishers around the world.

About the book, Confident Giving:

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

  • Transform their giving for greater impact
  • Approach grantmaking with an abundance mentality
  • Define their personal journeys as philanthropists
  • Deal effectively with real-life hurdles funders face every day

In this concise and compelling volume, Kris brings inspired wisdom that stands out among the field’s thought leaders.

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

About Kris Putnam-Walkerly

Kris Putnam-Walkerly, MSW, is a nationally recognized global philanthropy advisor and president of Putnam Consulting Group, Inc. For over 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, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, and California HealthCare Foundation, among dozens of others. She’s helped more than 60 foundations and philanthropists strategically allocate and assess over $350 million in grants and gifts.

A thought leader in transformational philanthropy, Kris is the author of Confident Giving and the forthcoming book, Delusional Altruism, is a contributor, and 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. Kris’s success as a global philanthropy 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.

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

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