“The one thing you don’t want to do is go into a corporation as a nonprofit asking for a million dollars when their traditional giving level is only $5,000.”Jeremy Park
In this episode of The Beacon Podcast, Jeff Jowdy speaks with Jeremy Park, CEO of cityCURRENT, about identifying and maintaining relationships with corporate donors. Jeremy shares that and addresses:
About Our Guest
Jeremy C. Park is the CEO and catalyst behind cityCURRENT, an organization with a mission to power the GOOD. cityCURRENT is a partnership of more than 120 businesses that have joined forces and funds to make a difference in the Mid-South and Middle Tennessee. Under Park’s leadership, the organization quickly transformed into a powerful, charitable, external-focused partnership now recognized internationally for its innovative approach to social entrepreneurialism and collective impact.
Park has received numerous awards and recognitions, like Top 40 Under 40, and has been featured in bestselling books, like The Good Ones: Ten Crucial Qualities of High-Character Employees by Dr. Bruce Weinstein, along with national and international publications, like Forbes, Fortune, The Huffington Post, and Leader’s Edge.
Park’s first book, Giving Back with Purpose, was released in 2013; and his second, Giving for Growth, was first released in 2015. Both books focus on achieving success in career and life while helping others and benefiting the community in the process.
He produces and hosts a weekly radio show that airs on all four Cumulus Media Memphis stations and a show that airs on all five Cumulus Media Nashville stations; the ChangeMakers podcast; a monthly television show on PBS’s WKNO, called The SPARK; and an annual televised awards show, called The SPARK Awards. He also hosts the television show “A Conversation With,” which airs across the PBS network in Tennessee and profiles figures like NASA astronauts and Shark Tank investors.
He graduated in 1999 from the University of North Texas. He lives with his wife, Meredith, and two boys, in Germantown, TN. Park serves on many local and national boards, including the Slingshot Memphis, the University of Memphis LEAD program, and New Leaders, where he currently serves as Memphis Board Chair. He is also a member of the Forbes Communications Council and Business Journals Leadership Trust with The Business Journals.