Jason Edward Franklin

Jason has a background in philanthropy education, nonprofit strategy and leadership, and urban policy and education advocacy. He serves as Executive Director of Bolder Giving, working to encourage donors to “Give More, Risk More, Inspire More.” He is also a Doctoral Candidate and Lecture on Public Administration at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. His dissertation focuses on the role of charitable foundations in the policymaking process and more generally his research interests include philanthropy and public policy, social justice advocacy and organizing, grantmaking practices and history, nonprofit management and strategy, and urban cultural and economic development. He has taught courses on philanthropy, nonprofit management, and public policy including Philanthropy, Advocacy & Social Change; Strategic Management for Public Service Organizations; and Theory and Practice of Grantmaking. He was the NYU Wagner Distinguished Doctoral Teacher of the Year in both 2009 and 2010 and selected as one of thirty faculty around the country to participate in the Learning by Giving Foundation’s experiential philanthropy teaching program.


He is an experienced national donor educator and author of the forthcoming book Outrageous Generosity: Inspiration and Advice on Giving Boldly (Spring 2013, Sutton Hart Press). He is a regular commentator in the media about philanthropy and generosity with recent coverage in the New York Times, ABC News, Wall Street Journal, Chronicle of Philanthropy, and more. He serves on the boards of the North Star Fund, Proteus Fund, and 21st Century School Fund and advisory boards of Wealth for the Common Good and the Chartered Advisors in Philanthropy program.


Prior to his work at Bolder Giving, he served as Deputy Director of the 21st Century School Fund, 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, the Multnomah Youth Commission, and IAM LLC (an urban brownfield development firm that won the 2004 Goldman Sachs Global Social Venture Competition). He completed an MS in Urban Policy and Nonprofit Management from the New School and a BA in Political Communication from the George Washington University.