The W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair

The nation’s first endowed chair focused on community philanthropy

In the coming years, the Kellogg Chair will focus on establishing a creative, comprehensive program of research, teaching, service, and thought leadership designed to explore and advance the field of community philanthropy, nationally and internationally. The Kellogg Chair will partner with community and public foundations, giving circles, donor networks, crowdfunding platforms and others who are building and adapting vehicles for collective giving to move the field of community philanthropy forward. The Kellogg Chair will also work with community leaders — both communities of place (cities, states, countries) and communities of identity (race, gender, sexuality, age, etc.) — to deepen and strengthen the connections and relationships that inspire donors to give to communities they care about.

Meet the Kellogg Chair: Jason Franklin, Ph.D.

Jason Franklin - Business - 2015Jason Franklin joined the Johnson Center in June 2015 as the first holder of the W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair.

Dr. Franklin previously served as executive director of Bolder Giving, which he led through five years of major growth after Melinda Gates credited them as an inspiration for the billionaire Giving Pledge. During his tenure, he helped Bolder Giving refine its focus on promoting philanthropy for social, racial, economic and environmental justice and dramatically expanded its reach including launching its first programming outside the U.S. He delivered more than 150 workshops and speeches about philanthropy, generosity and social change and oversaw the launch of new efforts to inspire and support donors to give including (an online portal connecting individual donors to peer networks around the globe) and Give OUT Day (national day of giving for the LGBTQ community).

Franklin received his doctorate in Public Administration from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service, where he also served for almost a decade as an award-winning adjunct professor. Franklin has held previous positions at 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, White House Office of National AIDS Policy, and Oregon Commission on Children and Families.

With Gratitude
This new endowed Kellogg Chair honors the legacy of philanthropy and civic investment of W.K. Kellogg, founder of the Kellogg Company and W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek. The Kellogg Chair was established with a $1.5 million gift from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Kellogg Company 25-Year Employees’ Fund.