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Dr. Jason Franklin

Dr. Jason Franklin

Join us at our annual conference 2020 to hear Dr. Jason Franklin talk about amplifying and connecting with pooled funds.

Dr. Jason Franklin is President of Ktisis Capital through which he serves as a strategic advisor to a mix of progressive individual donors, families, foundations and philanthropic collaboratives including the Movement Voter Project, Peterffy Foundation, Conflict Transformation Fund, Funders Collaborative for Youth Organizing, Australian Fairness Funders Network, Donors of Color Network, and several individual donors and families. He also serves as the W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy. As holder of the nation’s first endowed chair focused on community philanthropy, he engages in research, teaching, service, and thought leadership to explore and advance the field, nationally and internationally.

He serves as board chair of the Proteus Fund; co-founder and chair of the Solidaire Donor Network; and on the boards of the Threshold Foundation and Michigan Civic Education Fund. He is an advisory board member of Our LGBT Fund at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation and is a member of the Philanthropy Initiative Working Group at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, Threshold Foundation’s High Impact Documentary Funding Circle, the West Michigan Progressive PAC, and WINGS: Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support. 

He received his PhD in Public Administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service where he also held an appointment for ten years as an award-winning adjunct professor teaching about philanthropy and social change. He also served as Executive Director of Bolder Giving, an organization that inspired people to give big & take more risks with their philanthropy and was credited by Melinda Gates as an inspiration for the billionaire Giving Pledge. He has previously worked for the 21st Century School Fund, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Next Generation Leadership Network housed at NYU’s Research Center for Leadership in Action, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and White House Office of National AIDS Policy. An active impact investor and serial social entrepreneur, he co-founded Oregon Students Supporting Education, the Multnomah Youth Commission, IAM LLC (an urban brownfield development firm), Give OUT Day, the New York Social Justice PAC, Funding Queerly, and the Solidaire Donor Network. He has been recognized as one of the top young leaders in philanthropy by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, New York Observer, Grand Rapids Business Journal, and Advocate Magazine and for his commitment to social justice philanthropy with the New York Urban League’s Ann Kheel Award and the Shirley Chisholm Light of Freedom Award from Community Voices Heard.

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