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"a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson, as told by Jesus in the Gospels"
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Our mission is to partner with organizations to incubate, advance, and accelerate social change initiatives focused on empathy, education and career pathways. 


Founder's Story

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Nathan & Stacey Ecelbarger

Our first chapter of impact started with a desire to disrupt Military Spouse un/underemployment, and we recognized a need in the Military Spouse community that was more than just the absence of a career. Military Spouses were exchanging passion for a paycheck, yearning for a relevant and meaningful career path, self-actualization, value and success. 

In January 2017, we founded Freedom Learning Group with the distinct motivating force to give Military Spouses the freedom to invest in their career AND support their Service Member.  Military families serve and sacrifice in countless ways and we made it our personal mission to strengthen the career/family balance by providing career opportunities to the Military Spouses serving on the home front too. 

Freedom Learning Group provides 100% virtual career opportunities for Military Spouses in every imaginable discipline and industry keeping Military Spouse professionals relevant in their chosen field of study. Freedom Learning Group thrives because of the incomparable passion and drive that our military community brings to the workforce. 

Freedom Learning Group was inspired out of a passion to support and empower our military community and it is currently led by an incredible team of individuals impacting the lives of so many families. Our family has now shifted our focus to create further sustainable stories in the hope that others will follow and continue to grow the good. Our next chapter will be local community involvement, as we seek to build and live out active examples of bridging division, finding commonality in our humanity, and creating empathy for each of the stories so integral to the local Orlando community. 

We hope that you'll join us on our next chapter of impact. 

2021 Impact Report

Dr. Joel C. Hunter

Dr. Joel C. Hunter  joined Parable Foundation as the Faith-Based President. Joel is a longtime bridge-builder who seeks common ground for the common good. His focus is to honor the second half of the great commandment: to love our neighbors as ourselves. 

Faith-Based Board of Advisors

Established a Faith-Based Board of Advisors with diverse backgrounds & thought processes to help guide the success of our initiatives.

Grant - The 4Roots Foundation 

4Roots Farm Campus & Culinary Health Institute will be a global inspiration. The vision for 4Roots connects food, health and education illustrating solutions that all begin with the soil. “Let thy food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” truly resonates with us and we are beyond excited to support 4Roots to strengthen our families, our communities and our planet. 

Grant - Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida   

The mission at Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida is to not only educate against antisemitism, but use the lessons of history to inspire a better future; fighting against all forms of prejudice and bigotry. Our contribution to The Holocaust Museum is to help change the minds of those who fear change, who may need to momentarily walk in the shoes of another to develop an understanding and ultimately to unite the community through a walk in history.

Grant - REED Charitable Foundation

REED is on a mission to empower the dyslexic community and end the global literacy crisis by ensuring Orton-Gillingham training is accessible to all while also providing exceptional content and a meaningful community to those on the dyslexia journey.

Grant - Project Opioid Initiative

Project Opioid is an initiative to educate and empower leaders to confront the overdose crisis and bring awareness to the dangers of fentanyl and other opioids. 

Grant - Adoption

In partnership with Bethany Christian Services, Parable provided financial support to two growing families on their journey to transracial adoption.

Grant - BioLogos

BioLogos explores God’s Word and God’s World to inspire authentic faith for today bringing Science and Faith together.

Grant - Great Oaks Village Youth Shelter

Great Oaks Village was the recipient of “the gift of giving.” Each of the current residents received a gift card and supplies to purchase “Secret Santa” gifts for a fellow resident. 

Grant - One Pulse Foundation

Parable provided scholarship support to the Antonio “Tony” Davon Brown Scholarship fund. Tony was a promising young man and devoted friend who was known for making people smile. He was a 2008 graduate of Florida A&M University and joined the U.S. Army shortly after, serving an 11-month tour in Kuwait. Tony was 30 when he died in the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016 and his legacy lives on through his family and those who knew him, and through the annual recipients of this scholarship.

Grants & Parable Partners

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Adoption Grant

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth”

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Garden Grant 

"Food insecurity is defined as the disruption of food intake or eating patterns because of lack of money and other resources."

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for

his life time."

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Parable Partners

The Parable Foundation is focused on supporting nonprofit organizations in the communities surrounding the Orlando area.

Parable Effect

We believe in the power of the “Parable Effect” to capture the stories of those most in need of social change in diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the power of those stories to create empathy. 

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