Jason Franklin

Dr. Franklin was appointed in 2015 as the W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair at the Johnson Center for. As holder of the nation’s first endowed chair focused on community philanthropy, he engages in research, teaching, consulting, and thought leadership to explore and advance the field, nationally and internationally. This includes work exploring (1) how we give better together through networks and vehicles for collective giving and (2) how we strengthen our giving practices to communities we care deeply about, both place-based and communities of identity. He is a leading voice in the field on issues of collective giving, social justice philanthropy, and broader trends in charity and social change and a regular commentator in the media on these topics in publications ranging from the New York Times, ABC News, and Wall Street Journal to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, NonProfit Times, Alliance Magazine and more. He is a highly-rated speaker and advisor, working with everyone from new donor collaboratives to ultra high net worth families.

Dr. Franklin also serves as a Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy & Civil Society and a strategic advisor to the Peterffy Foundation and several individual donors. Prior to his appointment as the Kellogg Chair, he spent five years inspiring people to give big and take more risks with their philanthropy as the Executive Director of Bolder Giving, an organization credited by Melinda Gates as an inspiration for the billionaire Giving Pledge.

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 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.

While the average citizen gives 2% of their income, an increase to 10% could have 25 times the impact
Recent Appearances
  • ::: Credit Suisse Philanthropy Campus
  • ::: Advisors in Philanthropy
  • ::: Council on Foundations
  • ::: Family Firm Institute
  • ::: National Symposium on Family Foundations
  • ::: Mensa Annual Gathering 2011
Outrageous Generosity - Coming June 2015


Outrageous Generosity
Inspiration and Advice
on Giving Boldly

Outrageous Generosity chronicles inspiring charitable giving stories that inspired Bill Gates & Warren Buffet's Billionaire Giving Pledge and combines practical philanthropy advice with tools to help donors from every background maximize their full giving potential.
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Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Giving Resolutions 1/5 - Give More!

Thanks also to Jennifer Corriggio, Bolder Giving's program fellow, for help in drafting this blog series.
When people ask me what Bolder Giving does, I explain that we work to inspire people to...
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