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 received his PhD in Public Administration from NYU Wagner.
Philanthropy, Advocacy and Social Change
With over $700 billion in assets and grantmaking exceeding $50 billion/year, private charitable foundations are a source of concentrated social and political influence in American society. Despite the fact that their giving represents only 15% of the $330+ billion given to U.S. charitable causes annually, many believe that foundations exert a disproportionately large degree of influence on the political and social development of our country due to their institutional approach to grantmaking and long-term commitment to specific issues and approaches. Through this course, students will gain an understanding of the roles and influence of philanthropy on political advocacy and social change movements in the US (with differing views on the appropriateness of this influence); the scope and diversity of the philanthropic sector; political advocacy approaches and social movements; and examples of current philanthropic involvement in advocacy and social change efforts across the political spectrum.
This is a required course for the management specialization.
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.
Stewart, R.A. & Franklin, J. 2009. Introduction Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society, Fall 2009
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