3 Ways Nonprofit Leaders Get in Their Own Way (Kris Putnam-Walkerly)

January 2021

As a nonprofit leader, you have multiple responsibilities to manage and often limited time to adjust to changing circumstances (case in point: 2020!).  Complicating this leadership challenge are often self-imposed barriers that nonprofit leaders need to understand and avoid.  In episode #81 of the Path Podcast, Kris Putnam-Walkerly helps not only identify ways nonprofit leaders stop themselves, but offers solutions as to how to avoid them.  Kris also illustrates some of the mistakes philanthropists and institutional funders are making, which can help nonprofit leaders as they engage these community partners in strategic conversations.  

"Review last year with a very strategic question: what changes did you make and how might you build on them even more?" 


Kris Putnam-Walkerly is a trusted advisor to the world's leading philanthropists. For more than 20 years, wealthy families, ultra-high net worth donors, foundations, Fortune 500 companies, and celebrity activists have sought and benefited from her advice to transform their giving and catapult their impact. As President of the Putnam Consulting Group, a philanthropy advisor, speaker, and award-winning author, she's helped over 100 philanthropists strategically allocate over half a billion dollars in grants and gifts. Additionally, Kris works closely with estate planning attorneys, financial and wealth advisors, and family offices to serve wealthy families who wish to deepen their philanthropic commitments. Kris has been named one of America's Top 25 Philanthropy Speakers for the past three years running. She is the author of the book, 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, and is a contributor on philanthropy