Alex Parkinson

Alex Parkinson is a Researcher in the Corporate Leadership division of The Conference Board. He specializes in corporate philanthropy and sustainability, and is currently building his research portfolio focusing on social impact measurement and social impact bonds. Alex is Executive Editor of Giving Thoughts, a blog and online publication series addressing topical corporate philanthropy issues.

Before joining The Conference Board in September 2013, Alex worked as a Senior Consultant in London and New York for corporate social responsibility (CSR) consultancy Context. He has advised some of the world’s leading multinationals on CSR communications and strategy development. His clients included Bloomberg, Brown-Forman, BSkyB, Burt's Bees, Cisco, HP, International Paper, PepsiCo, Roche, Standard Chartered, Syngenta, Teva Pharmaceuticals, and Vodafone.

Alex spent two years after graduating university working as a reporter and sub-editor for UK-based financial media companies VRL KnowledgeBank and Vitesse Media. His stories appeared in publications including Business XL, Information Age, International Accounting Bulletin, The Accountant, and What Investment.

Alex holds a BSc in Economics and International Development from the University of Bath, United Kingdom.

Posts by Alex Parkinson

  • More Evidence for Corporate Philanthropy to Support Nonprofits’ Data Efforts (04.15.15 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board We’ve been hearing for a while that nonprofits want to be able to better collect and analyze data to improve their performance assessments. Now, there’s data to prove it. The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) has released a new report, entitled Assessing to Achieve High Performance: What Nonprofits […]

  • Fact of the Week: Outcomes Are the Observable Results of Programs That Lead to Social Impact (04.07.15 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board There is an important distinction between, and progression from, outcomes to impact. Meeting a particular outcome may represent a step toward impact, but it is not impact itself. In general, outcomes represent specific and measurable changes to program participants that happen as a direct result of program activities. […]

  • Fact of the Week: Defining Your Social Impact Is an Important Part of the Evaluation Process (03.31.15 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board Since impact definitions drive decisions and ultimately move dollars, a clear definition is necessary to develop an effective and measurable philanthropic strategy. Social impact definitions often aim to change behaviors or situations for those on the receiving end of an intervention. Download Framing Social Impact Measurement to find […]

  • Giving Thoughts Series: Data Quality to Further Philanthropy’s Mission (03.26.15 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board The latest edition of the Giving Thoughts Series, entitled “Data Quality to Further Philanthropy’s Mission,” is now available to download for free. Authored by Scott Cody, vice president and director of human services, and Daniel Shapiro, director of data analytics and management, Mathematica Policy Research, this piece considers […]

  • Contribute to an Analysis That Can Improve Your Giving (03.19.15 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board The 2015 Giving in Numbers survey is entering its final phase, and CECP and The Conference Board are eager for companies with revenue in excess of $2 billion to take part. The survey will close on Tuesday, March 31 – don’t miss out on your chance to be […]

  • Giving Thoughts Series: Best Practices in Corporate Community Engagement (03.05.15 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board The latest version of the Giving Thoughts Series, entitled “The Civic 50: Best Practices in Corporate Community Engagement,” is now available to download for free. Authored by Yvonne Siu Turner, Senior Manager, Corporate Resources and Programs at Points of Light, the piece uses case studies to look at […]

  • American Companies Reticent to Disclose Charitable Contributions Data (02.27.15 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board North American companies are least likely to disclose charitable contributions information, despite median contributions being higher than companies in any other region. This is one of many findings from The Conference Board’s Sustainability Practices Dashboard 2015, a comprehensive database and online benchmarking tool that captures the most recent […]

  • Connect on Key Corporate Philanthropy Issues (02.05.15 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board On February 10-11, The Conference Board’s Business-Community Impact Symposium in New York City will bring together social impact executives to discover how leading companies are making measurable positive impacts. Then, on Thursday, February 12, companies interested in taking part in this year’s Giving in Numbers survey can tune […]

  • Teach For America: How a Core Purpose Helps to Engage Employees and Extend Impact (02.03.15 )

    By Rebecca Ray, Executive Vice President of the Knowledge Organization, and Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board Last year, The Engagement Institute™, a community of more than 100 members under the supervision of a research team led by The Conference Board, Deloitte and Sirota, published DNA of Engagement: How Organizations Create and Sustain Highly Engaging […]

  • Sunsetting Group Gives Lessons to Future Volunteers (01.22.15 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board Reimagining Service, a group of service and volunteering leaders backed by Bank of America, Deloitte and Gap, Inc., was established in 2009 as a time-bound campaign to increase social impact through effective volunteer engagement across all sectors. This month, the group concluded that the original purpose of Reimagining […]

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