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

  • 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 […]

  • Giving in Numbers 2015 Survey Open (01.15.15 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board The data, insights and knowledge collected by the Giving in Numbers survey and disseminated annually through the Giving in Numbers report are unrivaled. Conducted by CECP, in association with The Conference Board, the benchmark’s importance to the sector is widely acknowledged by members of both organizations and other […]

  • Giving Thoughts’ Top Five from 2014 (12.23.14 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board It’s been a year since we launched Giving Thoughts, our complimentary blog and online publication series. Throughout 2014, a range of contributors have tackled some pressing philanthropy topics, and this week—before we sign off for 2014—we revisit some of our most popular posts.

  • Giving Thoughts Series: Global Pro Bono on the Rise (12.18.14 )

    By Alex Parkinson, Researcher, The Conference Board The latest version of the Giving Thoughts Series, entitled “The State of Global Pro Bono,” is now available to download for free. Authored by Amanda MacArthur, Vice President, Global Pro Bono and Engagement at PYXERA Global (click here to read our recent Q&A with Amanda), the piece looks more closely […]

2015 Giving in Numbers Survey

Take part in the 2015 Giving in Numbers survey, conducted by CECP in association with The Conference Board. Giving in Numbers is the leading benchmark on corporate philanthropy. Each year, around 250 companies participate in our research. If your company has more than $2 billion in revenue, please help us grow our survey by participating this year.

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Giving Thoughts Series

The Giving Thoughts Series is a monthly online publication in which corporate philanthropy experts delve into the most pressing issues affecting our members.

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Data Quality to Further Philanthropy's Mission

The Civic 50: Best Practices in Corporate Community Engagement

The State of Global Pro Bono

Corporate Philanthropy and Company Value

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