Preparing a Disaster Response
Learn how to prepare your foundation to adapt and respond quickly to community crisis and disasters.
Anticipating community crises and preparing your foundation to adapt and respond quickly are key opportunities for community foundation leaders today. Hear from Mike Parks, president of The Dayton Foundation, as he shares how his foundation has responded to three distinct disasters – a history-making series of tornadoes in May 2019, a deadly mass shooting in August 2019 and the current coronavirus pandemic – and how each dictates different approaches in both the community and grants process.
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SpeakerMichael M. Parks, President, The Dayton Foundation
Michael M. Parks has served as president of The Dayton Foundation since 2002. As president, he works to help people and organizations help others in the Dayton Region and beyond. He has elevated the Foundation’s role in fostering community collaborations and leadership initiatives, developed new, first-in-the-nation services for donors and not-for-profit organizations, and become a resource on philanthropy and the nonprofit community regionally and nationally. Founded in 1921, The Dayton Foundation is one of the first community foundations in the nation and today is among the top 5% of over 800 such foundations. Under Mike Parks’ leadership, the Foundation now has nearly 3,900 charitable funds, has tripled its assets - from $214 million in 2002 to $684 million today - and has awarded from Foundation funds more than 362,000 grants totaling over $970 million.
Mike currently serves on numerous area projects and initiatives, including the Learn to Earn Dayton Board of Directors, Greater Dayton Commission on Minority Inclusion, On Main Committee, University of Dayton Davis Center for Portfolio Management Advisory Board and as the chair for The Dayton Region New Market Fund Board. In 2015, he was recognized as the Outstanding Fundraising Executive by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Dayton Region Chapter. He also was named to the 2018 Dayton Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty Hall of Fame. A frequent speaker and writer on issues and trends impacting nonprofits, he also has been interviewed on the national PBS program, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Parks served the YMCA for 22 years, most recently as the President/CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dayton. He and his wife, Amy, have been married for 37 years and have four children, ages 24 to 34, and four granddaughters.
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About Tri-State Community Foundation Webinar Series
Programs in this series are free to IPA members and are produced in partnership by IPA, Council of Michigan Foundation, and Philanthropy Ohio. The Tri-State Community Foundation Series is designed for, but not exclusive to, community foundations.