CLEVELAND, Nov. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Confident Giving: Sage Advice for Funders, a new book on effective philanthropy written by Kris Putnam-Walkerly, President of Putnam Consulting Group, Inc., was named an award finalist for the 2017 Best Book Awards in the category of Social Change.

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

«I love seeing grantmakers define their journey and increase their impact. I am ecstatic that Confident Giving is being utilized as an effective resource to make that possible,» 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 Bono, Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation; and Susan Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

This is American Book Fest‘s 14th annual Best Book Awards, honoring incredible entries of quality mainstream, indie, and self-published books from all over the world. Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of American Book Fest said this year’s contest yielded over 2,000 entries, which were then narrowed down to over 400 winners and finalists.

About the book, Confident Giving:

Using a refreshing combination of common sense and wit, 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 global philanthropy expert and president of Putnam Consulting Group, Inc. Kris Putnam-Walkerly advises high performing philanthropists and foundation leaders worldwide. For nearly 20 years, top philanthropies have requested Kris’s advice to transform their giving and catapult their impact. Her clients include the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Avery Dennison Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, Exponent Philanthropy, Communities Foundation of Texas, and California HealthCare Foundation, among dozens of others. She’s helped more than 65 foundations and philanthropists strategically allocate and assess over $400 million in grants and gifts.

A thought leader in transformational philanthropy, Kris is the author of the multiple award-winning book, «Confident Giving: Sage Advice for Funders» and the forthcoming book, «Delusional Altruism™». She is a regular contributor and is frequently published in leading philanthropy associations’ publications including the National Center for Family Philanthropy, Learn Philanthropy, Foundation Center, Southeastern Council on Foundations, PEAK Grantmaking, and Exponent Philanthropy. She provides expert commentary about philanthropy in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Washington Examiner,,, and others. Her Philanthropy 411 blog and Confident Giving newsletter reach over 80,000 philanthropy and nonprofit leaders each week.

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.

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

«As my strategic advisor and sounding board, Kris is always there when I need a clear path forward or a reality check. I am grateful to have her as a trusted, unbiased, and experienced professional to turn to!»
Maureen Sheehan Massaro, Executive Director, Wilson Sheehan Foundation

«Kris is a wonderful and objective resource for professional coaching. She promotes thoughtful consideration of myriad issues to help determine the big picture, while simultaneously helping define strategic direction. Her clarity of thought helps each individual articulate his or her destination and develop the roadmap to get there.»
—Tina Markanda, Executive Director, Foundation for a Healthy High Point

Kris Putnam-Walkerly
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