Meet Our President, Mike Parks

Michael M. Parks became the third full-time President of The Dayton Foundation in March 2002. Founded in 1921, The Dayton Foundation is one of the first community foundations in the nation and today is among the largest of the nearly 800 such foundations, each serving a discreet geographic region.

As President of The Dayton Foundation, Mr. Parks works to help people and organizations help others in the Greater Dayton Region and beyond. Each year, the generosity of donors and the work of The Dayton Foundation impact the quality of life throughout the region. Last year, through more than 3,300 donor funds, the Foundation distributed nearly 15,000 grants totaling $51 million to charitable organizations and to efforts fostering the betterment of our region.

Since he was named Foundation President, Mr. Parks has grown philanthropic commitment to our region, 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. 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.

At any given time, the Foundation plays leadership roles in a number of community efforts. Among recent focuses of Foundation efforts have been diversity and economic inclusion; education (Learn to Earn Dayton); strengthening neighborhoods and families; land conservation; helping ensure the future of area nonprofit organizations that wish to pursue possible collaborations, alliances and mergers with other nonprofits, and addressing chronic generational poverty (Dayton Works).

Mr. Parks currently serves with other regional leaders on numerous area projects and initiatives. These presently include The Community Asset Board - Greater Dayton Conference on Youth, Dayton Business Journal’s Nonprofit Industry Advisory Board, Dayton Mayor’s City of Learners Committee, Greater Dayton Commission on Minority Inclusion, Learn to Earn Dayton Leadership Council and Executive Committee, Minority Business Partnership, Women’s Leadership Collaborative of Greater Dayton Advisory Board, Montgomery County Preschool Promise Advisory Board and UpDayton Community Advisory Council. He serves as the chair for The Dayton Region New Market Fund Board. Mr. Parks also serves on the National Larger Community Foundation's 2017 Conference Planning Committee, and the Philanthropy Ohio (formerly Ohio Grantmakers Forum) Community Foundation and the Public Policy committees and is a former member of the Board of Trustees. He also is an enthusiastic “Foster Alumni” for the Dayton Early College Academy at the University of Dayton and was recognized as the 2015 Outstanding Fundraising Executive by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Dayton Region Chapter.

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 32 years and have four children, ages 19 to 29.

Get to know The Dayton Foundation’s staff and how we can help you help others. Visit our Who Here Can Help You page.

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File date: 04.12.16


Mike Parks

– Michael M. Parks, president of The Dayton Foundation

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