Prudent Investments and Big Bets

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How do you build a thoughtful and effective grantmaking portfolio? How can you best manage risk through due diligence and prioritizing proven models? How much should you look to take risks and make big bets on unproven models? Join us for a thoughtful discussion of traditional and emerging practices in due diligence, risk management, and risk seeking for effective philanthropy.

The CMF-JCP Grantmaking Series is a program offering made possible through an agreement between The Council of Michigan Foundations and the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy.

*Completion of this webinar will count toward the 2016 CMF-JCP Grantmaking Series Certificate of Completion - More Details


Jason Franklin

W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair, Dorothy A Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Dr. Jason Franklin serves as the W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy, the nation’s first endowed chair focused on community philanthropy. Previously, he served for five years as Executive Director of Bolder Giving, inspiring people to give big & take more risks with their philanthropy. He also holds an appointment as an award-winning adjunct professor at New York University and 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.

Mark E. Neithercut

president, Neithercut Philanthropy Advisors

As president of Neithercut Philanthropy Advisors (NPA), Mr. Neithercut leads a team of professionals that handles the philanthropic affairs for a select group of families and advises foundations on how to engage in effective, rewarding philanthropy.  NPA works with clients to develop mission statements and grantmaking strategy, to help new trustees or executives manage their philanthropic roles, and to improve administrative operations. Mr. Neithercut is a graduate of the University of Michigan and earned a PhD from the University of British Columbia.  Earlier in his career, he held positions at The Kresge Foundation and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.


CMF Members: $35
Nonmembers: $70

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