Jason Franklin is Senior Philanthropic Advisor to the Movement Voter Project.
Dr. Franklin is the President of Ktisis Capital through which he serves as a strategic advisor to a mix of progressive individual donors, families, foundations and philanthropic collaboratives including the Movement Voter Project, Peterffy Foundation, Conflict Transformation Fund, and the Progressive Political Power Fund. He also serves as the W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy. As holder of the nation’s first endowed chair focused on community philanthropy, he engages in research, teaching, service, and thought leadership to explore and advance the field, nationally and internationally. He 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 Smithsonian’s Philanthropy Working Group, Threshold’s High Impact Documentary Funding Circle, Democracy Alliance, West Michigan Progressive PAC, and WINGS: Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support. Prior to his appointment as the Kellogg Chair, he served as Executive Director of Bolder Giving, an organization that inspired people to give big & take more risks with their philanthropy and was credited by Melinda Gates as an inspiration for the billionaire Giving Pledge. He received his PhD 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.
Proteus Fund Board members
- Ludovic Blain, Color of Democracy Fund
- C. LaRoy Brantley, Cambridge Associates LLC
- Jason Franklin, Bolder Giving
- Meg Gage, Proteus Fund
- Sara Gould, Atlantic Philanthropies
- Erica Hunt, Consultant
- Malia Lazu, The Gathering
- Matt MacWilliams, MacWilliams Kirchner Sanders & Partners
- David Neal, Attorney at Law
- Guillermo Quinteros, Solidago Foundation
- Byron Rushing, Massachusetts House of Representatives
- Tracy Sturdivant, State Voices