Forefront invites you to a special program with Jim Parsons, who will retire as President of The Brinson Foundation at the end of 2019. Jim’s career in philanthropy coincides with a rich history of service on nonprofit boards, including the National Center for Family Philanthropy, the Chicago Architecture Center, King-Bruwaert House, and Denison University among many others.
On November 1, Jim will join Forefront CEO Eric Weinheimer for an intimate conversation touching on what he has learned about board service, funder/grantee dynamics, and the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for the social impact sector.
Program fee: This is a special free event just for Forefront Members.
Time: 9am – 10:30am (Networking breakfast at 9am; Program begins at 9:30am)
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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, where he continues to serve on both the Revenue Development and Communications and Policy Committees. He was a founding co-chair of the College and Career Access, Persistence and Success (CCAPS) education group at Forefront from which The Partnership for College Completion was created. Jim is a member the Board of the Directors of the National Center for Family Philanthropy and the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Architecture Center. He also chairs the Board of Advisors of the Morton Arboretum and serves on the Leadership Council of the Chicago Public Education Fund, the Investor Council of UChicago Consortium on School Research and the Illinois Attorney General’s Charitable Advisory Council. He previously served on the Board of Directors of King-Bruwaert House, a continuous care retirement community, 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 the western suburbs. Prior to his career in philanthropy, Jim practiced law at 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.
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