President’s Message 2019
Parker Foundation Friends,
I’m pleased to report 2018 was another strong year. Thank goodness our Fiscal Year ended on September 30th and we avoided the turmoil in the investment markets during December. Each year The Parker Foundation Board Members gather to discuss strategic and governance issues. While many Foundations are becoming more concentrated in their giving by sector or geography, we continue to believe we are impactful in our community by being flexible. As such, we choose to support a range of organizations and programs including organizational sustainability and infrastructure.
In our 2018 fiscal year, we were able to approve over $2,100,000 in grants. Our overarching guideline is to provide financial support to organizations that are focused on the betterment of the residents of San Diego County. Our Board Members continue to work with other funders through San Diego Grantmakers and participate in a variety of important collaboratives focused on education, homelessness and housing, military support, social equity and food funders. Also, like other funders, we are carefully examining social impact investing as another strategy to help our grantees achieve successful outcomes.
I want to thank our dedicated volunteer Board Members, and Robbin Powell our Chief Administrative Officer, for all their efforts on behalf of the Foundation and our community.
All the best,
Ray Ellis, Board President