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Published on November 15, 2017

Philanthropy Expert Shares How to Make an Impact on Communities

Philanthropy expert Jason Franklin, Ph.D. recently encouraged area leaders to give more and take more risks when donating to causes that are meaningful to them as he spoke to a full audience at the Aplex on November 2, 2017.

The educational program for community members and nonprofit leaders discussed breaking out of traditional giving patterns in order to make bigger impact in the community.

People from all across the economic spectrum can be bold givers and reap the joy that comes from making a difference in the lives of others, according to Franklin.

In a second session geared toward area professionals, Franklin stressed the importance of the private sector working in tandem with nonprofits to meet donor needs for maximum impact in the community.

The MidMichigan Health Foundation teamed up with the Alpena Community College Foundation and Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan (CFNEM) to bring Dr. Franklin to the area. 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. He the holder of the nation’s first endowed chair focused on community philanthropy.

Both programs were well attended and well received. “It was great having Dr. Franklin visit Alpena,” said Ann Diamond, development director, MidMichigan Health Foundation. “He was able to thoughtfully present to two distinct audiences with valuable information for each. We’d be very pleased to have him back again.”

Executive Director of CFNEM Patrick Heraghty said, “Jason’s experience, knowledge and research within the field of community philanthropy made for two excellent presentations. He certainly lived up to his resume and background!”

Penny Boldrey, Alpena Community College Foundation Executive Director added, “The ACC Foundation was honored to partner with the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan and MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena in bringing Dr. Franklin to Alpena for these unique programs.”

Those interested in more information about the sponsoring organizations may contact Ann Diamond of the MidMichigan Health Foundation at or (989) 356-7738, Patrick Heraghty of the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan at or (989) 354-6881, or Penny Boldrey of the Alpena Community College Foundation at or (989) 356-9021.