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The Channel Grant Announcement with Dr. Jason Franklin (US)

  • The Reading Room, Fitzroy Town Hall 210 Napier Street Fitzroy, VIC, 3065 Australia (map)

Join Australian Communities Foundation and The Channel Giving Circle for an evening with Dr. Jason Franklin (US) - W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Grand Valley State University. 

To celebrate the announcement of The Channel Giving Circle's Overcoming Isolation grant recipient, an Australian LGBT Community Project, Jason will share his insights on LGBT philanthropy globally, in the US context and in Australia, as well as his philanthropic experience and expertise more broadly. 

  • 5.45 Drinks and canapes upon arrival

  • 6.30pm - 7.30pm: Formal Proceedings

  • 7.30 - 8.00: Final drinks and event concludes

This is a free, ticketed event. Please register to reserve your place.

Dr. Jason Franklin

Dr. Franklin was appointed in June 2015 as the W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy to which he brings a background in grantmaking and donor education, nonprofit strategy and leadership, social entrepreneurship, and urban policy advocacy. As holder of the 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, nationally and internationally.

Previously, Dr. Franklin served as Executive Director of Bolder Giving, which inspires people to give big & take more risks with their philanthropy and was credited by Melinda Gates 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 expand its reach internationally.

Dr. Franklin also holds an appointment as an award-winning adjunct professor at New York University, teaching about philanthropy and social change,  and serves on the boards of the Proteus Fund, Solidaire Donor Network, WiserGiving, and 21st Century School Fund; advisory board of the Chartered Advisors in Philanthropy Program; and is a member of the Funding Queerly Giving Circle, Threshold Foundation, and the High Impact Documentary Funding Circle.  

The Channel Giving Circle

The Channel Giving Circle was established in December, 2016. It seeks to 'grow the pot of gold under the rainbow' by engaging a large and diverse membership in collective giving for Australian rainbow community projects. 

The Channel's current grant round is themed 'Overcoming Isolation'. They sought expressions of interest from projects fostering connectivity and increasing opportunities for participation for members of rainbow communities in rural and regional areas of Australia, or facing other forms of isolation. 

Members of the giving circle have cast their votes on where they want $5,000 to go, and the successful grant recipient will be announced at this event.

See the shortlisted projects 


We would like to acknowledge our wonderful Event Partner, Australian Communities Foundation, for hosting this event.

We would also like to acknowledge that this event will be held on Aboriginal land. We wish to acknowledge the custodians of the land, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation and their Elders past, present, and emerging.

This event is wheelchair accessible.

Earlier Event: October 25
Philanthropy in the Pub