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Jason Franklin, Ph.D.

Dr. Jason Franklin is a senior consultant for the Johnson Center for Philanthropy and is also founder and principal of Ktisis Capital, through which he serves as a strategic advisor to a mix of progressive individual donors, families, foundations, and philanthropic collaboratives. In his previous capacity as the Johnson Center’s W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair (2015–early 2020), the nation’s first endowed chair focused on community philanthropy, he engaged in research, teaching, service, and thought leadership to explore and advance the field, nationally and internationally.

Franklin 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, and WINGS: Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support.

Franklin received his Ph.D. 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 and 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.

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