Franklin Templeton launches leadership program for nonprofit boards

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Franklin Templeton’s Global Citizenship Team recently launched the company’s first nonprofit board leadership program in the United States to connect interested Franklin Templeton employees with board service opportunities. nonprofit boards in their communities and provide resources and training for effective nonprofit board leadership.

The goals of Franklin Templeton’s Board Leadership Program (BLP) are to provide organization matching, group learning and sharing forums as well as access to governance, best practices, literature and resources from nonprofit organizations.

Legg Mason, which Franklin Templeton acquired in 2020, launched the BLP in 2011 to provide community-minded employees the opportunity to serve on a wide range of nonprofit boards in the communities where they work and live. Global Citizenship transferred the program to Franklin Templeton and expanded it to colleagues across the United States.

On September 22, in conjunction with Business Volunteers Maryland, Global Citizenship Program Manager Izabela Bartkowiak hosted a virtual event where Franklin Templeton employees who serve on nonprofit boards shared their experiences. as board members and answered questions.

The panel moderated by Julie C. Kernan, President and CEO of Business Volunteers Maryland, a nonprofit organization that builds community by building strategic connections between people, businesses, and nonprofits, included Michelle Davila, Senior Associate General Counsel, Katrina Dudley, SVP, Investment Strategist, Portfolio Manager, Research Analyst, Brian Eakes, Senior Vice President, Financial Planning, Analysis and Strategies, Jarret Jessup, Senior Director, Financial Analysis and Reporting and Dina Ting, Head of Global Index Portfolio Management.

“Serving on a nonprofit board can be an incredibly rewarding and rewarding experience. On a professional level, individuals have the opportunity to use their skills and talents, develop leadership skills and meet a network of people from other employers. Personally, they can contribute to a mission they are passionate about, gain knowledge about an issue, and be part of a positive change in the community,” says Bartkowiak.

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Franklin Resources, Inc. [NYSE:BEN] is a global investment management organization with subsidiaries operating as Franklin Templeton and serving clients in more than 155 countries. Franklin Templeton’s mission is to help clients achieve better results through expertise in investment management, wealth management and technology solutions. Through its specialist investment managers, the firm offers boutique specialization globally, bringing extensive capabilities in fixed income, equity, alternative and multi-asset solutions. With offices in more than 30 countries and approximately 1,300 investment professionals, the California-based firm has 75 years of investment experience and approximately $1.3 trillion in assets under management as of September 30, 2022. For more information, please visit

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