Our Founder: Mary Morton Parsons

Mary Morton Parsons (1903-1990) was the only child of William Smith Morton, a life-long resident of Richmond, Virginia. In 1899, Mr. Morton helped found the Home Beneficial Life Insurance Company, which was acquired by American General Life and Accident Company in 1997.
In her time, Mary Morton Parsons was a generous Richmond socialite. She was quiet about her finances and the money she inherited from her father but always charitable to noble causes. Although she has no heirs, The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation lives on in her name and continues the legacy she began in life of generously giving to benefit the entire community.
Today, The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation works with community partners by providing capital grants to qualified organizations to assist them in efforts that support public benefit projects. By using matching grants and challenges, The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation enables organizations to do more.
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