Jim Parsons

Jim Parsons

The Brinson Foundation

President, The Brinson Foundation

Jim Parsons is the President of The Brinson Foundation, a private family foundation based in Chicago which supports education and scientific research programs. Jim is a past chair of the Board of Directors of Forefront (formerly Donors Forum), where he continues to serve on the Development, Membership & Communications and Policy Committees.  Jim is a member the Board of the Directors of the National Center for Family Philanthropy; the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Architecture Foundation; and the Board of Directors of King-Bruwaert House, a continuous care retirement community. He also chairs the Board of Advisors of the Morton Arboretum and serves on the Leadership Council of the Chicago Public Education Fund and the Illinois Attorney General’s Charitable Advisory Council.  He previously served on the Board of Trustees of Denison University and is a life trustee and former Board chair of The Community House, a social services agency located in west suburban Chicago. Prior to his career in philanthropy, Jim practiced law at the Chicago law firm of Gardner, Carton & Douglas (now Drinker, Biddle & Reath) where he also served as Managing Partner. Jim received his law degree from The University of Chicago and his undergraduate degree from Denison University.

Contributions

Consensus and Complexity: A Retreat for New Family Foundation CEOs

Posted on October 11, 2019 by Alexa Cortes Culwell, Nicholas A. Tedesco, Virginia M. Esposito, Stephen Treat, David Weitnauer, Jim Parsons

Serving in the leadership staffing role for a family foundation can be one of the best jobs you’ll ever have, but it is not without challenges and complications. This first-of-its-kind NCFP peer retreat provides a unique opportunity for new family foundation CEOs to reflect on the initial months and years of their service, connect with a community of dedicated colleagues… Read More

2019 National Forum on Family Philanthropy

Posted on February 16, 2019 by Marlene Corrado, Wendy R. Ulaszek, Ph.D., Virginia M. Esposito, Ira S. Hirschfield, Christopher Cardona, David Dodson, Dinaz Mansuri, Edgar Villanueva, Karen Keating Ansara, Lois Mitchell

NCFP’s National Forum on Family Philanthropy brings philanthropic families and leaders together for two and a half days of peer networking and thought provoking conversations led by some of the greatest thought leaders in family giving… Read More

A Conversation with New and Graduating CEOs (Live Stream of 2019 National Forum)

Posted on January 16, 2019 by Nicholas A. Tedesco, Jamie Allison, Don Chen, Richard Woo, Jim Parsons

NCFP will live stream a session from the 2019 National Forum on Family Philanthropy in Chicago, IL. From the comfort of your home or office—and with a computer or electronic device—you can listen and view the event as it happens live. Being the non-family staff leader of a multi-generational family foundation is a privilege and honor. The path to engaging… Read More

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