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Renee Parsons

How The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation impacted 2019

2020 has become a moment in history we will never forget. From a global pandemic to a racial justice movement, we are in the midst of incredible change and unfortunate division. 

For me, these changes have reinforced the importance of philanthropy. 

As I look back on 2019, I hope that our charitable efforts have helped non-profit organizations thrive in our community and beyond. My husband, Bob, and I are the Co-Founders of The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, TBRPF. 

In 2019, TBRPF donated more than $26 million through 46 grants.

Those grants  impacted more than 68,500 lives last year. 

We founded TBRPF eight years ago to help low-income and underserved populations and support causes that are often overlooked or underfunded by mainstream philanthropy.

A year after founding TBRPF, Bob and I signed The Giving Pledge, a public declaration to give away at least half of our net worth to charity. 

To me, philanthropy will forever feel like unfinished business. There are so many deserving and hard-working non-profits that need support. It’s why in 2020, I have ambitions to expand TBRPF’s grant recipient network.

This year, I am focused on effecting change for women and girls in marginalized communities. My goal is to help non-profits spark lasting change in their neighborhoods that inspires a new league of women and girls to become leaders, both personally and professionally. 

Article first published April 2020.