Rick Parnell

Chief Operating Officer, United Nations Foundation

Richard S. Parnell

Rick Parnell serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the United Nations Foundation and Better World Fund and is responsible for ensuring the effective and efficient allocation of the organization’s US$150 million annual budget. Mr. Parnell supports the President and CEO in the development of Foundation-wide strategy, leads all aspects of the Foundation’s operations, including finance, business services, budgeting, HR, administration and board relations, and manages the Foundation’s 250 person staff.

Blog Posts by Rick Parnell

7 UN Week Stories You May Have Missed
The United Nations continues to be the platform to bring countries and sectors together to work on urgent global issues. This was definitely the case during UN General Assembly week.
October 7, 2013

Resolutions to Keep
Around this time of year, a lot of people are already struggling to keep some of the resolutions they made just a few days earlier. But some resolutions are too important to break. Fifteen years ago, Ted Turner made a bold commitment to donate $1 billion to help the United Nations tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. In the time since, his donation -- and the additional support and the resolution of partners like you -- have helped change countless lives through the work of the UN Foundation.
January 8, 2013

Mark Your Calendar: UN Day
Mark your calendars: This Wednesday, October 24th, the UN Foundation will help celebrate "United Nations Day," and we want you to join us!
October 23, 2012

Results in India – Reasons to Invest in Humanity
As we prepare to return from India and the semi-annual UN Foundation Board meeting, I am struck by one of the themes that emerged from discussions this past week: the need for long-term investments in humanity. This is more than just a lofty phrase. It is a call for a fundamental shift in the way people think about philanthropy, partnership, and working with the United Nations.
April 3, 2012

Global Problems Need Global Leaders…and the UN
Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a leader in the global arena – someone we trust to resolve the most challenging global issues? There’s no doubt it requires the usual – honesty, intelligence, and the ability to inspire and influence others.
March 19, 2012