On most weekday afternoons, Jason Franklin is frenetically busy in his crowded office on West 38th Street in Manhattan, fielding calls or pushing projects forward as the executive director of Bolder Giving, a nonprofit organization that promotes philanthropy.
But for several days in mid-August, Mr. Franklin, 32, decamped to a radically different environment, the bucolic Sundance Resort near Park City, Utah, where he happily unplugged to attend a biannual conference sponsored...
There are six common motivators that prompt large donations, said the director of Bolder Giving in a webinar sponsored by The Chronicle of Philanthropy
In a time of economic uncertainty when many nonprofits are seeing donations fall, one way to conquer a potential donor's concerns about the economy is to learn whether it is personal or national discomfort that causes their reluctance. Learning the source of discomfort could lead to a donor's realization that the gift should still be...
JESSIE SPECTOR was determined to give away her inheritance as soon as she received it. She said her parents intervened and advised that, at 23, she should take time to think about it. What if she wanted to buy a house one day?
When Naomi Sobel learned at 20 that she would receive a large inheritance, she said she knew it was a lot of money, and for her, too, it raised questions about a house: would it be enough to buy one? She laughs at this today, since it would have paid for...
Jul 4th, 2012 - Letter from the Ellingers
Today is independence day, and we want you to celebrate with us.
As of July 1st, we officially "semi-retired" from 30 years as organizers, writers, counselors and workshop leaders in the fields of donor organizing and philanthropy promotion. Anne shifted out of her staff role at Bolder Giving while remaining on the board, and Christopher shifted from board member to board member emeritus. This completes a transition that began two years ago to the day,...
"We get all these messages in the media news that you never have enough. So whether you actually don't have enough, and are scraping by, or you've gotten used to a certain lifestyle that you feel like you have to sustain, but still you're feeling pinched by, or even if you have way more than enough, but something could happen in the market - which, of course, it will, at some point -there are many different ways to deal with risk. And the ways that we feel are really healthy are to,...
Chelsea Logan was a month and a half away from her 21st birthday when her father died suddenly from a heart attack. As her family struggled to cope with the loss, she received another shock: Her father, a longtime federal government worker, had left her $167,000.
"To hear that amount at 20 years old is kind of mind-boggling," Logan, now 23, says.
Logan, a finance major at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., used the money to start her own business. "My inheritance has...
African American donors give away higher percentages of their incomes than white donors, according to a new study.
But they don't see themselves as big players in the charitable arena, and that presents an image problem, say experts like Judy Belk, a senior vice president for Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.
"African Americans have been very uncomfortable with the title of philanthropist," Belk said. "If you don't see role models who look like you when people start talking...
A leading nonprofit wants to bring out the hidden philanthropist in everyone and offers 4 easy New Year's Resolutions anyone can follow to increase their social impact. According to Bolder Giving's CEO, Jason Franklin, "Bolder Giving's mission is to inspire and support people to give at their full lifetime potential and these resolutions give people an easy (and fun) way to support organizations and communities they care about."
The Bolder Giving 2012 New Year's Resolutions...
Bolder Giving's Year End Spotlight on Bold Philanthropists
Twelve everyday philanthropists who give to important causes at extraordinary levels of their income and assets were recognized as the Bolder Giving Leading Givers of 2011. The announcement was made by Bolder Giving, a nonprofit that inspires and supports people to give at their full lifetime potential.
Bolder Giving's Twelve Leading Givers of 2011 are:
Mark Lee & Nick Beckstead
Walt Disney's grandniece knows that life can be far from a fairy tale, but the award winning filmmaker and philanthropist is bringing us closer.
I was afraid to be bold in my 20s. The first leap I took was moving from Los Angeles to New York City - far from my family of origin - to have the space to become myself.
My husband and I started a family foundation in 1991 because it seemed like a good thing to do. The next year I went on the NY Women's Foundation board. On this board...
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