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The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation


Last profile update: 01/09/2018
Last grant data update: 10/19/2017

At A Glance

The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

888 W. 6th St., Ste. 700

Los Angeles, CA United States 90017-2733

Telephone: (213) 362-7600


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation






Established in 1961 in CA, US; The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation was established in 1961 by the founder of the Ralph M. Parsons Company, a renowned global firm specializing in engineering and construction. In 1976, the Foundation became fully independent from the company, in which it now has no financial interests. Today, the Foundation and Parsons Corporation are completely separate entities and share only Mr. Parsons’ name.

Purpose and Activities

The foundation's grantmaking focuses on work within Los Angeles County, one of the most exciting, dynamic, complex, and quickly evolving environments in the country. The region’s racial, ethnic, cultural and economic diversity presents extraordinary opportunities for nonprofits seeking to create healthy and vibrant communities and improve the lives of the people they serve. The Parsons Foundation strives to support the work of the county’s best nonprofit organizations, recognizing that communities thrive when all individuals are able to access the resources they need to feel safe, stable, and engaged. The majority of the grantmaking is for unrestricted general operating support because the foundation recognizes that organizations need flexibility in order to fulfill their missions and meet community needs. To strengthen the fabric of Los Angeles, the foundation invests in highly effective civic and cultural, education, health, and human services organizations. The foundation's focus is on agencies providing direct services. The foundation believes that success is measured by the achievements of the people its grantees serve. .