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You want to do good. We’re here to help.

We’re a social impact consulting firm making it easier to create and scale impact – while working with a team you love and (dare we say it!) having fun. 

After years working across organizations to drive impact, our leadership saw a gap: nonprofits missing innovative fundraising opportunities, companies with good intentions missing the mark, and at the same time – incredible talent frustrated and leaving the impact sector because of a lack of flexibility and growth.

That’s why we exist.

We build customized teams and offer on-demand experts to help achieve individuals, nonprofits, and companies achieve their impact goals. Our flexible structure, diverse teams, and innovative approach sets us apart, both in our approach with partners, and creating a space for seasoned impact professionals to connect with a community while supporting partners they’re passionate about.

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Chief Executive Officer

Brandon Parkes recently served as a Senior Consultant for Bridge Philanthropic Consulting, LLC, the nations largest African-American fundraising firm in which he supported a wide variety of nonprofit clients including the Apollo Theater, National Collation of Black Civic Participation, and Global Community Charter School. Prior, he was the Nonprofit Engagement Manager at CariClub, an AI tech company that connects young professionals to leadership roles on nonprofit boards.

Through this role, he supported over 350 organizations such as Teach for America, UNICEF, Make a Wish, and Museum of Modern Arts in capacity building initiatives. Previously, he worked in development for an international humanitarian nonprofit, Right To Play, helping to secure over a million dollars in funding annually. He has formerly worked in a corporate philanthropic capacity for companies such as Morgan Stanley and Toyota.

Through these professional titles, he gained experience supporting effective philanthropic strategy that increases social impact, external/internal engagement and nonprofit capacity building. He was humbled to be named one of CauseArtists’s “20 Inspiring African Americans Impacting the World Through Social Impact & Social Innovation,” named one of Startup Boost’s NYC 33 under 33, and has been featured in several publications such as Nonprofit Technology News, Blacks in Technology, Blavity and WhyWeGive. It’s Brandon’s passion to empower any constituent looking to make a positive social impact.

Brandon Parkes recently served as a Senior Consultant for Bridge Philanthropic Consulting, LLC, the nations largest African-American fundraising firm in which he supported a wide variety of nonprofit clients including the Apollo Theater, National Collation of Black Civic Participation, and Global Community Charter School. Prior, he was the Nonprofit Engagement Manager at CariClub, an AI tech company that connects young professionals to leadership roles on nonprofit boards.

Through this role, he supported over 350 organizations such as Teach for America, UNICEF, Make a Wish, and Museum of Modern Arts in capacity building initiatives. Previously, he worked in development for an international humanitarian nonprofit, Right To Play, helping to secure over a million dollars in funding annually. He has formerly worked in a corporate philanthropic capacity for companies such as Morgan Stanley and Toyota.

Through these professional titles, he gained experience supporting effective philanthropic strategy that increases social impact, external/internal engagement and nonprofit capacity building. He was humbled to be named one of CauseArtists’s “20 Inspiring African Americans Impacting the World Through Social Impact & Social Innovation,” named one of Startup Boost’s NYC 33 under 33, and has been featured in several publications such as Nonprofit Technology News, Blacks in Technology, Blavity and WhyWeGive. It’s Brandon’s passion to empower any constituent looking to make a positive social impact.

Chief of Operations

Caitlin Kawaguchi has worked over the last seven years to catalyze impact across sectors with nonprofits, advocacy organizations, and companies.

Most recently, she was the Founding Director of Marketing & Partnerships at Bird + Stone, an impact e-commerce startup raising funds and inspiring action for causes and organizations, including the UN Foundation, She Should Run, and Amazon Watch.

In her previous role with Peacework, she managed cross-sector, shared-value initiatives for academic and corporate clients, including co-leading Project Belize, PwC’s flagship Corporate Social Responsibility program in partnership with Belize’s Ministry of Education. At Overture Global, she also coordinated impact activations with Fortune 500 companies and leading nonprofits.

In addition to her work in corporate impact, Caitlin also has extensive nonprofit experience, most recently advising on digital strategy for nonprofits and coalitions working on youth justice reform and opportunity youth policy issues with the Forum for Youth Investment.

Caitlin has lived and worked in Costa Rica, Belize, Taiwan, Thailand, India, Turkey, the UK, South Africa, and Myanmar. She is passionate about working with change agents across cultures and sectors to create sustainable impact.

Caitlin Kawaguchi has worked over the last seven years to catalyze impact across sectors with nonprofits, advocacy organizations, and companies.

Most recently, she was the Founding Director of Marketing & Partnerships at Bird + Stone, an impact e-commerce startup raising funds and inspiring action for causes and organizations, including the UN Foundation, She Should Run, and Amazon Watch.

In her previous role with Peacework, she managed cross-sector, shared-value initiatives for academic and corporate clients, including co-leading Project Belize, PwC’s flagship Corporate Social Responsibility program in partnership with Belize’s Ministry of Education. At Overture Global, she also coordinated impact activations with Fortune 500 companies and leading nonprofits.

In addition to her work in corporate impact, Caitlin also has extensive nonprofit experience, most recently advising on digital strategy for nonprofits and coalitions working on youth justice reform and opportunity youth policy issues with the Forum for Youth Investment.

Caitlin has lived and worked in Costa Rica, Belize, Taiwan, Thailand, India, Turkey, the UK, South Africa, and Myanmar. She is passionate about working with change agents across cultures and sectors to create sustainable impact.

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Our Story

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Brandon Parkes, Anna Fuselier, and Caitlin Kawaguchi launched Parkes Philanthropy to offer a new approach to impact consulting. Throughout our respective careers in corporate philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, we saw many organizations facing similar challenges around driving impact – and the power of collaboration when developing solutions. 

Whether helping a philanthropist bring a new initiative to life or guiding a successful nonprofit through a period of growth, the ability to integrate multiple perspectives creates a powerful advantage. At the same time, we saw many nonprofits lacking financial capacity to hire large full-time teams, or emerging philanthropists lacking the network to source specialized experts for their interest areas.

That’s why we created Parkes Philanthropy. We wanted to create an easy way for anyone trying to make a difference – organizations, companies, and individuals – to access impact experts on demand. 

Working with us gives you that powerful advantage of collaboration, without the headaches. 

We design custom teams tailored to your needs, with the backing of our full consultant network. From designing and executing Global Employee Volunteerism initiatives at Morgan Stanley to leading events to raise over $1M at a NYC arts nonprofit, our consultants bring a wealth of expertise to engagements.

Since inception, Parkes Philanthropy has worked with celebrities like Hill Harper to launch innovative impact initiatives, supported nonprofits like Jackie Kennedy’s organization, Multiplying Good, and helped companies like Jump450 Media develop innovative Corporate Social Responsibility programs. You can learn more about our work through our Case Studies.

So if you’re looking to make an impact and think we might be a fit – reach out! We’d love to chat.

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