Meet Our President, Mike Parks

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 more than 4,000 charitable funds, more than tripled its assets - from $214 million in 2002 to $771 million today - and has awarded from Foundation funds more than 382,000 grants totaling over $1 billion.

Mike currently serves on numerous area projects and initiatives, including the Aileron Investment Committee Advisory Board, 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 39 years and have four children, ages 26 to 35, four granddaughters and one grandson.

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File date: 07.27.21

Mike Parks

– Michael M. Parks, president of The Dayton Foundation

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