Leadership Development

Courtesy of: California Science Center

Since 2009, the Parsons Foundation has provided leadership training opportunities for local nonprofit executives, with the intention of providing professional development to promising leaders whose organizations might not otherwise have the budget to enable their participation. Annually, through an invitation-only process, the Foundation identifies a slate of candidates. Each candidate is responsible for submitting their own application to the respective program, and admission is determined through an independent review process managed by each training program. Once accepted, the Foundation provides a grant to the leader’s organization as a reimbursement for the cost of tuition.

Stanford University – Since 2009, the Foundation has sent 53 Los Angeles-based leaders to Stanford University: either the 10-day Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders or the annual two-day conference organized by Stanford’s Nonprofit Management Institute (the latter only during the years 2009-2012).

Leadership Los Angeles – Since 2011, we have annually co-sponsored with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission the participation of an executive from an arts organization to attend the nine-month Leadership Los Angeles program. To date, the Foundation has sponsored seven leaders.

With an overall investment of $268,275, the impact of our support is that the majority of these fellows have gone on to take on increased leadership responsibilities both within their respective organizations and in the community at large.