The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation was established in 1961 by the founder of the Ralph M. Parsons Company, a renowned global firm specializing in engineering and construction. In 1976, the Foundation became fully independent from the company, in which it now has no financial interests. Today, the Foundation and Parsons Corporation are completely separate entities and share only Mr. Parsons’ name.
The grantmaking focuses on work within Los Angeles County, one of the most exciting, dynamic, complex, and quickly evolving environments in the country. The region’s racial, ethnic, cultural and economic diversity presents extraordinary opportunities for nonprofits seeking to create healthy and vibrant communities and improve the lives of the people they serve. The Parsons Foundation strives to support the work of the County’s best nonprofit organizations, recognizing that communities thrive when all individuals are able to access the resources they need to feel safe, stable, and engaged. The majority of our grantmaking is for unrestricted general operating support because we recognize that organizations need flexibility in order to fulfill their missions and meet community needs. To strengthen the fabric of Los Angeles, the foundation invests in highly effective civic and cultural, education, health, and human services organizations. The Parson Foundation’s focus is on agencies providing direct services.
Please join us as we hear Thomas Brewer, Director of Finance & Administration, provide updates regarding the foundation and how nonprofit organizations can apply for support!
About the speaker:
Thomas Brewer joined the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation in 2013, bringing with him a broad range of philanthropic experiences from working at the May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust, Archstone, and Alliance Healthcare foundations. Having amassed nearly twenty years on the programmatic side of grantmaking, Thomas now manages the Foundation’s financial and administrative operations. Thomas is an inaugural graduate of the Council on Foundation’s Career Pathways Program (Class 2010-2011). He holds Masters’ degrees in Business Administration, Public Health, and Social Work.
This session is eligible for CFRE Continuing Education Credits