Jason Franklin
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration

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, a nonprofit organization seeking to inspire people to give at their full lifetime giving potential. Jason stepped up to become Bolder Giving's first full-time Executive Director in 2010 to lead its expansion after Melinda Gates credited Bolder Giving with helping inspire the Giving Pledge and the Gates Foundation awarded a challenge grant to BG to take it's message of outrageous generosity to a wider audience. During his time at BG, he's expanded and diversified Bolder Giving's story library; launched new programs to engage donors around pressing issues of the day including LGBTQ equality, environmental justice, and impact investing; delivered over 100 workshops and programs for community foundation donors and private bank & wealth management firm clients; taken BG global with its first pilot partnerships in Eastern Europe; launched Give OUT Day as a national day of giving for the LGBTQ community; created new donor education resources like GivingCommunities.org; and supported the launch of new philanthropic organizing efforts like the Presidents' Pledge Against Global Poverty, WiserGiving and the Solidaire Network. 

As an Adjunct Assistant Professor at NYU Wagner, his research focuses on the role of charitable foundations in the policy making process. Jason teaches 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 Distinguished Doctoral Teacher of the Year in both 2009 and 2010.

He serves on the boards of the North Star Fund, Proteus Fund, and 21st Century School Fund; the steering committee of the Solidaire Network; as a member of the Funding Queerly and the Threshold High Impact Documentary funding circles; and on the advisory boards of Wealth for the Common Good and Chartered Advisors in Philanthropy program. Prior to his work with Bolder Giving, he worked at 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.

He came to the Bolder Giving team from the 21st Century School Fund where he most recently worked 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, Dr. Franklin 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 recieved his PhD in Public Administration from NYU Wagner.

 

Semester Course
Summer 2013 PADM-GP.2110.001 Strategic Management

This is a required course for the management specialization.

This course examines management theory and practice through a framework involving strategic thinking and strategic planning. It covers a number of important management topics, including the context of strategy, leadership, managerial uses of structure and design, and performance. Case studies of managerial practice in the public and nonprofit sectors are used throughout the course.


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Fall 2013 NONCR-GP.989.001 Introduction to Governance

This course is intended to provide a brief overview of how the United States is governed as a basis for further coursework as a graduate student at the Wagner School. At the end of this course, it is expected that students will understand the: process through which the current system of governance in America was developed; branches of the federal government, including their powers and composition; election process and the role of political parties and interest groups; dominant US political ideologies; and general functions of state and local governments.


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Spring 2011 UPADM-GP.224.001 Philanthropy, Advocacy and Social Change

With over $550 billion dollars in assets and contributions exceeding $36 billion/year, private charitable foundations are a source of concentrated social and political influence in American society. Through this course, students will gain an understanding of the roles and influence (positive and negative) of philanthropy on political advocacy and social change movements in the US; the scope and diversity of the philanthropic sector; political advocacy approaches and tactics; and examples of current philanthropic involvement in advocacy and social change movements across the political spectrum. The course will include several guest speakers -- both philanthropic leaders and activists -- and site visits with funders to local advocacy efforts in New York City.


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Fall 2010 NONCR-GP.989. Introduction to Governance

This course is intended to provide a brief overview of how the United States is governed as a basis for further coursework as a graduate student at the Wagner School. At the end of this course, it is expected that students will understand the: process through which the current system of governance in America was developed; branches of the federal government, including their powers and composition; election process and the role of political parties and interest groups; dominant US political ideologies; and general functions of state and local governments.


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Spring 2010 NONCR-GP.989. Introduction to Governance

This course is intended to provide a brief overview of how the United States is governed as a basis for further coursework as a graduate student at the Wagner School. At the end of this course, it is expected that students will understand the: process through which the current system of governance in America was developed; branches of the federal government, including their powers and composition; election process and the role of political parties and interest groups; dominant US political ideologies; and general functions of state and local governments.


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Spring 2010 UPADM-GP.0224.001 Philanthropy, Advocacy and Social Change

With over $550 billion dollars in assets and contributions exceeding $36 billion/year, private charitable foundations are a source of concentrated social and political influence in American society. Through this course, students will gain an understanding of the roles and influence (positive and negative) of philanthropy on political advocacy and social change movements in the US; the scope and diversity of the philanthropic sector; political advocacy approaches and tactics; and examples of current philanthropic involvement in advocacy and social change movements across the political spectrum. The course will include several guest speakers -- both philanthropic leaders and activists -- and site visits with funders to local advocacy efforts in New York City.


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Fall 2009 NONCR-GP.989. Introduction to Governance

This course is intended to provide a brief overview of how the United States is governed as a basis for further coursework as a graduate student at the Wagner School. At the end of this course, it is expected that students will understand the: process through which the current system of governance in America was developed; branches of the federal government, including their powers and composition; election process and the role of political parties and interest groups; dominant US political ideologies; and general functions of state and local governments.


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Summer 2009 PADM-GP.2110.001 Strategic Management

This is a required course for the management specialization.

This course examines management theory and practice through a framework involving strategic thinking and strategic planning. It covers a number of important management topics, including the context of strategy, leadership, managerial uses of structure and design, and performance. Case studies of managerial practice in the public and nonprofit sectors are used throughout the course.


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Spring 2009 CORE-GP.1022.001 Introduction to Public Policy

Introduction to Public Policy covers a wide range of topics, from the norms and values informing democratic policymaking to the basics of cost-benefit and other tools of policy analysis. Though emphases will differ based on instructor strengths, all sections will address the institutional arrangements for making public policy decisions, the role of various actors-including nonprofit and private-sector professionals-in shaping policy outcomes, and the fundamentals (and limits) of analytic approaches to public policy.

Note: Students who have not taken an American Government course in many years, and need to brush up on knowledge of the basic design and functions of the governmental units in the United States, are strongly encouraged to take Introduction to Governance (NONCR-0989) module prior to taking Introduction to Public Policy.


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Spring 2009 NONCR-GP.989. Introduction to Governance

This course is intended to provide a brief overview of how the United States is governed as a basis for further coursework as a graduate student at the Wagner School. At the end of this course, it is expected that students will understand the: process through which the current system of governance in America was developed; branches of the federal government, including their powers and composition; election process and the role of political parties and interest groups; dominant US political ideologies; and general functions of state and local governments.


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Fall 2008 PADM-GP.2110.001 Strategic Management

This is a required course for the management specialization.

This course examines management theory and practice through a framework involving strategic thinking and strategic planning. It covers a number of important management topics, including the context of strategy, leadership, managerial uses of structure and design, and performance. Case studies of managerial practice in the public and nonprofit sectors are used throughout the course.


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Fall 2008 NONCR-GP.989. Introduction to Governance

This course is intended to provide a brief overview of how the United States is governed as a basis for further coursework as a graduate student at the Wagner School. At the end of this course, it is expected that students will understand the: process through which the current system of governance in America was developed; branches of the federal government, including their powers and composition; election process and the role of political parties and interest groups; dominant US political ideologies; and general functions of state and local governments.


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Fall 2008 UPADM-GP.0224.001 Philanthropy, Advocacy and Social Change

With over $550 billion dollars in assets and contributions exceeding $36 billion/year, private charitable foundations are a source of concentrated social and political influence in American society. Through this course, students will gain an understanding of the roles and influence (positive and negative) of philanthropy on political advocacy and social change movements in the US; the scope and diversity of the philanthropic sector; political advocacy approaches and tactics; and examples of current philanthropic involvement in advocacy and social change movements across the political spectrum. The course will include several guest speakers -- both philanthropic leaders and activists -- and site visits with funders to local advocacy efforts in New York City.


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Summer 2008 PADM-GP.2110.001 Strategic Management

This is a required course for the management specialization.

This course examines management theory and practice through a framework involving strategic thinking and strategic planning. It covers a number of important management topics, including the context of strategy, leadership, managerial uses of structure and design, and performance. Case studies of managerial practice in the public and nonprofit sectors are used throughout the course.


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Spring 2008 CORE-GP.1022.002 Introduction to Public Policy

Introduction to Public Policy covers a wide range of topics, from the norms and values informing democratic policymaking to the basics of cost-benefit and other tools of policy analysis. Though emphases will differ based on instructor strengths, all sections will address the institutional arrangements for making public policy decisions, the role of various actors-including nonprofit and private-sector professionals-in shaping policy outcomes, and the fundamentals (and limits) of analytic approaches to public policy.

Note: Students who have not taken an American Government course in many years, and need to brush up on knowledge of the basic design and functions of the governmental units in the United States, are strongly encouraged to take Introduction to Governance (NONCR-0989) module prior to taking Introduction to Public Policy.


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Spring 2008 UPADM-GP.0224.001 Philanthropy, Advocacy and Social Change

With over $550 billion dollars in assets and contributions exceeding $36 billion/year, private charitable foundations are a source of concentrated social and political influence in American society. Through this course, students will gain an understanding of the roles and influence (positive and negative) of philanthropy on political advocacy and social change movements in the US; the scope and diversity of the philanthropic sector; political advocacy approaches and tactics; and examples of current philanthropic involvement in advocacy and social change movements across the political spectrum. The course will include several guest speakers -- both philanthropic leaders and activists -- and site visits with funders to local advocacy efforts in New York City.


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Spring 2008 PADM-GP.1790. Governance Qualifying Examination
The Governance Qualifying Examination is graded on a pass-fail basis, and administered at least three times per academic year. Students must register for the examination via Torchtone or Albert. The content of the exam will flow directly from the topics outlined in the syllabus and covered in the relevant chapters of American Government. The exam is in a multiple choice and true/false format.
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Date Publication/Paper
2009

Stewart, R.A. & Franklin, J. 2009. Introduction Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society, Fall 2009