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"I believe the truly happy people in the world are the ones who aren't afraid to change it."
- Endre Jarraux Walls
CEO & Chairman
The Franklin Foundation
The Franklin Foundation prides itself on having access to the nation's elite subject matter experts in areas of U.S. law, general legislation, technology, advanced mathematics, the sciences, education, marketing, and fundraising.
We combine these experts into Councils. The Franklin Councils are selected groups of subject matter experts who help the foundation execute its objectives and make our mission statement a statement of action. While the executive board focuses on execution and management, the Franklin Councils focus on development and methodologies for delivery, and therefore provide the backbone of expertise in support of our philanthropic programs and services.
Council members are chosen based on their expertise in their various fields of study, activity in their community, and their desire to serve the American interest through our Foundation's activities.
The Franklin Council on Education
Responsible for the development of the Foundation's educational programs, initiatives, and services. The council also selects fellowship candidates for consideration by the board of directors. The Council is composed of up to 11 members from the educational sector in scientific, mathematical, and technological disciplines. Council members serve for 4 years per session.
The Franklin Council for Technologies and Innovation
Responsible for the development of technology and special programs that foster innovation and creativity in America. The Technologies and Innovation Council also chooses finalists for its grant and award programs. The Council is composed of up to 11 members from various sectors, including technology, scientific, and advanced mathematics. The Council spearheads development of American free-use patents and process designs. Council members serve 2 years per session.
The Franklin Council for the Advancement of The Sciences & Mathematics
Responsible for the development of programs that promote the national advancement of the sciences and mathematics in America's schools from kindergarten to high school. The council also works in concert with the Franklin Council on Education to promote more advanced scientific and mathematical disciplines at the middle school and high school levels. The council is composed of up to 11 members from the scientific and mathematical sectors including educators, scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. Council members serve 2 years per session.
The Franklin Council for Advanced Research & Development
Responsible for the development of advanced research and development programs throughout the U.S. The council develops projects and works with national organizations to research and develop groundbreaking new technologies and methodologies. The council is composed of up to 11 members from a variety of disciplines, including scientific, technological, and mathematical. The council serves 4 years per session.
The Franklin Council for Legislative Issues
Responsible for the identification and communication of legislative issues both at the state and national level that affect American standards of education, governmental support of research programs, space exploration, among others. The Council works with other Franklin Councils to develop strategy and provide support for legislative agendas, and works to educate legislators at all levels of the importance of the sciences, technology, and mathematics to matters of National Security. The council is composed of up to 7 members from the legal sector, and has contributing associates who support the Council's efforts around the country. The council serves 4 years per session, associates serve ad-hoc.