Jason Franklin
One of philanthropy's most intriguing and impactful new leaders
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Giving Resolutions 1/5 - Give More!

May 7th, 2015
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 give big and take more risks with their giving. As I prepare to transition out of my role as Bolder Giving’s ED, I want to share a series of blog posts with some of the basic “giving resolutions” I’ve used over the years as possibilities for people to consider as they seek...

Giving in Bulgaria

December 15th, 2014
I just got back from speaking at the Bulgarian Donors Forum annual conference in Sofia, one of our partners in Bolder Giving's new Global Donor Storytelling initiative. During my trip, I was interviewed by Vesti, one of the major Bulgarian newspapers. You can read the article (if you speak Bulgarian) or check out the original interview in English below.
Can you point out one giving story that was so touching that inspired you personally?
While there are so many stories we have...

Giving Options in Response to Ferguson

August 15th, 2014
I’ve been getting many questions about how people can help, and especially donate, in support of the organizing being done in response to Ferguson and to support the Brown family and Ferguson residents. Responding to these donor questions, we've pulled together some resources to help you take action. Our support from around the country is still needed!
It’s a changing landscape but here’s what I’ve gathered so far:
Supporting the Brown Family - Sadly scam...

Visualizing a theory of change for your giving - Amazing example from Ford

June 30th, 2014
My friend Jee Kim joined the Ford Foundation two years ago as a program officer with the charge to create a portfolio funding “transformative social change.”
But what is transformative social change? How do you fund it? How do you even define it?
As Jee says, “I started pulling frameworks and theories from sociologists, political scientists, historians and campaign strategists. I ran some of my ideas by colleagues and organizers and other people smarter than me. I...

Invited to give big

December 17th, 2013
What does it take to give big? What we’ve seen at Bolder Giving over the course of hundreds of donors’ stories is a mix of elements that combine to help people get ready to give big. Some of the factors that may contribute to your decision to give big: a life-changing experience that inspires a change in your giving; confidence that you have enough; a personal connection to a cause, community or identity; inspiring role models of other givers; ongoing support for your giving; and...

Next Gen Donors: What Will They Do Differently?

December 2nd, 2013

The Alliance Magazine December 2013 issues came out today. Here's the opening paragraph:
I’ve been a ‘next gen’ donor for 13 years, ever since I began getting involved in philanthropy after discovering as a graduate student that my family had a small foundation. Slowly philanthropy began to permeate every part of my life. Even as I continued working as a community organizer it emerged as part of my academic work, where I began to research the impact of...

Finding Inspiration & Bold Givers Beyond the Mountaintop

October 16th, 2013
by Pat Eng, Director of Programs

I attended the Community Investment Network (CIN) conference early in October as part of Bolder Giving’s mission to shine a spotlight on bold philanthropic giving. CIN works to inspire, connect and strengthen African Americans and communities of color to leverage their collective resources to create the change THEY wish to see. Held in Denver amidst the Rocky Mountains and commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, the...

Coming Full Circle: Can Giving Circles Yield Bigger and Better Giving?

August 16th, 2013

Since launching our Bold Conversations, the program has been defined by its focus on a single Bold Giver and its format as a teleconference. At a staff retreat in the spring we decided to broaden both aspects of the program. In August 2013, we did our first experiment. Instead of inviting a single Bold Giver to share their story we focused on a topic of interest to us: Can Giving Circles Yield to Bigger and Better Giving? While the conversation did not yield a definitive answer...

Sparking Conversations about Next Gen Donors

February 12th, 2013

This blog was previously published as a guest post on the GrantCraft blog on February 5th.

I’ve been exploring the issues facing “next gen” donors for over a decade, ever since I began getting involved in philanthropy after discovering as a 22-year old graduate student that my family had a small foundation. That’s why I was so happy when Sharna Goldseker from 21/64 and Michael Moody from the Johnson Center approached me as they were beginning...

New Year's Giving Resolutions

January 2nd, 2013
Over the last two weeks, one conversation that came up repeatedly is the question of New Year's resolutions. In particular I've been asked for ideas about giving-related resolutions. If you haven't made a resolution yet (neither have I...I think anytime in early Jan works!), here are a couple I've come up with that have gotten good reactions:
Connect your giving to your spending - What if you give a dollar for every $10 you spend, or even 1:1 if you have the capacity? Would you change...
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