For the last ten years, Co-Founders, Brandon and Anna have worked towards transformative impact in their own spaces; Brandon in the corporate philanthropy sector and Anna in nonprofit management and education. Working in the social sector was meaningful, but they saw too much of a tiresome trend: old and standardized solutions to new and adaptive problems. There simply wasn’t enough innovation, passion, or downright eagerness to meet the challenges of a changing world head on. They knew there was more to give – and they wanted to give it!
Parkes Philanthropy was born out of a desire to channel the skill and raw enthusiasm of a generation into tangible, meaningful change. They began recruiting top tier experts dedicated to improving our world, specializing in everything from nonprofit management to corporate philanthropy to the public sector. The team at Parkes Philanthropy is qualified, capable, and most importantly, energized and ready to meet anything that comes their way.
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Brandon Parkes recently served as a Senior Consultant for Bridge Philanthropic Consulting, LLC, the nations largest African-American fundraising firm in which he supported a wide variety of nonprofit clients including the Apollo Theater, National Collation of Black Civic Participation, and Global Community Charter School. Prior, he was the Nonprofit Engagement Manager at CariClub, an AI tech company that connects young professionals to leadership roles on nonprofit boards. Through this role, he supported over 350 organizations such as Teach for America, UNICEF, Make a Wish, and Museum of Modern Arts in capacity building initiatives. Previously, he worked in development for an international humanitarian nonprofit, Right To Play, helping to secure over a million dollars in funding annually. He has formerly worked in a corporate philanthropic capacity for companies such as Morgan Stanley and Toyota. Through these professional titles, he gained experience supporting effective philanthropic strategy that increases social impact, external/internal engagement and nonprofit capacity building. He was humbled to be named one of CauseArtists’s “20 Inspiring African Americans Impacting the World Through Social Impact & Social Innovation,” named one of Startup Boost’s NYC 33 under 33, and has been featured in several publications such as Nonprofit Technology News, Blacks in Technology, Blavity and WhyWeGive. It’s Brandon’s passion to empower any constituent looking to make a positive social impact.
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