Breaking Free of Scarcity Patterns with Kris Putnam-Walkerly

Today, I have the honor of interviewing Kris Putnam-Walkerly. She’s the author of Delusional Altruism: Why Philanthropists Fail To Achieve Change and What They Can Do To Transform Giving. And what’s so interesting about this conversation is the overlap because she’s teaching about scarcity and how it plays out in the non-profit sector. 

She shared:

  • “I shifted the work I was doing. I’ve since become a more trusted advisor and private coach to funders. It’s really changed and it was because I had the confidence to invest in myself and not have that scarcity mindset. And recognize that yeah there was something bigger for me. But I needed help. I couldn’t get there on my own. And so that’s you know how I showed up with my clients as well. There is I think about the lifetime of giving of my clients whether they’re currently late 25 or 75. There’s so much more to give and if I can help them become more powerful donors then think of the power and change they can have through their giving over their lifetime. And, it was really amazing…”

Kris Putnam-Walkerly is a trusted advisor to the world’s leading philanthropists. For over 20 years, ultra-high net worth donors, foundations, Fortune 500 companies, celebrity activists, and wealth advisors have sought her advice to transform their giving and catapult their impact. As a philanthropy advisor, speaker, and award-winning author, she’s helped hundreds of philanthropists strategically allocate over half a billion dollars in grants and gifts. Kris’s clients include the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, J.M. Smucker Company, Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, Heising-Simons Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Walton Family Foundations, Fujitsu, Blue Shield of California, and Avery Dennison Foundation, among many others.

A thought leader in transformational giving®, Kris has been named one of America’s Top 20 Philanthropy Speakers for the past three years. She is the author of Delusional Altruism: Why Philanthropists Fail To Achieve Change and What They Can Do To Transform Giving *Wiley, 2020) and Confident Giving: Sage Advice for Funders; a contributor on philanthropy; a global philanthropy content partner to Alliance Magazine; and the US philanthropy expert to the leading Dutch philanthropy media outlet De Dikke Blauwe.

Learn more about Kris:

Twitter: @Philanthropy411


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