Jason Franklin serves as Executive Director of Bolder Giving (www.boldergiving.org), working to encourage and support donors to “Give More, Risk More, Inspire More.” He brings to this work a background in philanthropy education, nonprofit strategy and leadership, and urban policy and education advocacy. He is also a Lecturer on Public Administration and Doctoral Candidate at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and the George Heyman Center on Philanthropy & Fundraising. His research at NYU focuses on the role of charitable foundations in the policymaking process and he is an award-winning teacher offering courses on nonprofit management, public policy, and philanthropy.
He is an experienced national donor educator and leader with over 15 years of volunteer, professional and scholarly experience in philanthropic and social change work. He serves on the boards of Resource Generation, North Star Fund, Proteus Fund, 21st Century School Fund, and the Social Justice Philanthropy Collaborative and on the advisory boards of Wealth for the Common Good and the Chartered Advisors in Philanthropy program.
He comes to the Bolder Giving team from the 21st Century School Fund where he most recently served as Deputy Director. Previously, he coordinated the Rockefeller Foundation’s Next Generation Leadership Network housed at the NYU Research Center for Leadership in Action and has also worked for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, White House Office of National AIDS Policy, and Oregon Commission on Children and Families.
A serial social entrepreneur, he co-founded Oregon Students Supporting Education (a statewide student organizing effort that helped prevent major budget cuts to Oregon public schools), the Multnomah Youth Commission (a youth-led agency that advises city and county leaders on program and policy decisions), and IAM LLC (an urban brownfield development planning firm that won the 2004 Goldman Sachs Global Social Venture Competition). He has an MS in Urban Policy and Nonprofit Management from the New School’s Milano Graduate School and a BA in Political Communication from the George Washington University.