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Jason Franklin to speak on Outrageous Generosity at Annual Luncheon Dec. 7

During this season of giving, we invite donors, advisors, volunteers, partners, and friends, to hear stories of bigger, bolder giving from Dr. Jason Franklin at our Annual Luncheon on Monday, December 7, 2015. 

Jason FranklinCINCINNATI (Nov. 24, 2015) — Jason Franklin Ph.D. will be the keynote speaker at The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s Annual Luncheon on Monday, December 7, 2015. His topic will be on Outrageous Generosity.

During this season of giving, we invite donors, advisors, volunteers, partners, and friends, to hear stories of bigger, bolder giving from Dr. Franklin.

Dr. Franklin was appointed in June 2015 as the first W.K. Kellogg Chair in Community Philanthropy at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. As the holder of the nation’s first endowed chair focused on community philanthropy, he is developing a program of research, teaching, service, and thought leadership to explore and advance the field of community philanthropy, nationally and internationally. He brings to this work a background in grantmaking and donor education, nonprofit strategy and leadership, social entrepreneurship, and urban policy advocacy.

The event will be held Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati downtown. Tickets are $50.

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Prior to his appointment as the Kellogg Chair, Dr. Franklin served as Executive Director of Bolder Giving, which he led through five years of major growth after Melinda Gates credited them as an inspiration for the billionaire Giving Pledge. 

During his tenure, he helped Bolder Giving refine its focus on promoting philanthropy for social, racial, economic & environmental justice and dramatically expand its reach including launching its first programming outside the U.S. 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. 

Dr. Franklin also holds an appointment as an award-winning adjunct professor at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service where he will continue to teach about philanthropy and social change. He serves on the boards of the Proteus Fund, Solidaire Donor Network, and 21st Century School Fund; advisory boards of the Chartered Advisors in Philanthropy Program, WiserGiving, and Credit Suisse’s LGBT Equality Portfolio; and is a member of Funding Queerly, the Threshold Foundation, and the High Impact Documentary Funding Circle.  He holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from New York University.

The luncheon includes the presentation of the 2015 Jacob E. Davis Volunteer Leadership Award. This year’s recipients are Jan and Wym Portman. The Jacob E. Davis award is presented annually by GCF to honor community-minded citizens who volunteer their time and leadership skills to make Greater Cincinnati a better place to live. 

The 2015 Bridge Builder Award will be presented to Patricia D. Laub of Frost Brown Todd LLC. In 2009, GCF created the Bridge Builder Award to be given each year to a professional advisor who has been a supporter of the Foundation in multiple ways over many years.

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For questions about this event, contact Joelle Tunning at 513-241-2880 or at

About The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

One of the nation’s leading community foundations, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation helps people make the most of their giving to build a better community. We believe in the power of philanthropy to change the lives of people and communities. As a community foundation, GCF creates a prosperous Greater Cincinnati by investing in thriving people and vibrant places. An effective steward of the community’s charitable resources since 1963, the Foundation inspires philanthropy in eight counties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.