The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation has issued a $1.6 million matching challenge to the Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) to help complete its $18 million Campaign for Girls in Arizona. The Foundation will match all donations received between now and December 31, 2017, dollar-for-dollar, up to $1.6 million.
“Renee and I have seen firsthand how the Girl Scouts are working to create future leaders in our community,” said American entrepreneur and philanthropist, Bob Parsons. “It is our sincere hope that this fundraising match campaign will give others cause to join us in this important investment with the sole purpose of educating and encouraging young girls to grow up and become strong future leaders.”
This recent gift adds to the Parsons’ previous $5 million grant to the Campaign for Girls – the largest single gift ever received by a Girl Scout council nationwide – that allowed for the completion of The Bob & Renee Parsons Leadership Center for Girls and Women at Camp South Mountain earlier this year.
“The Girl Scouts are doing incredible work in providing a safe environment for girls to try on their leadership hats,” said businesswoman and philanthropist Renee Parsons. “Once this campaign is complete, the organization will be able to concentrate efforts on its true mission of fostering honesty, courage, friendship and inclusion, while teaching important skills and serving girls in our community.”
This is the third gift received from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation and will bring the couple’s total support to the Girl Scouts to nearly $7 million. Local businesses, community supporters and Girl Scout alumnae are challenged to join in their support and visit girlscoutsaz.org/campaign to make a gift by December 31, 2017 to qualify for the matching funds.
“The goal of Campaign for Girls is to provide the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to more girls throughout the state, including those who come from underserved communities,” said Tamara Woodbury, CEO of GSACPC. “Our new center is a testament to what we stand for, so much more than camp and cookies, we provide girls with relevant programming that builds confidence and allows our girls to learn and grow in a supportive environment, all year long.”
The Parsons Leadership Center offers spaces for large and small meetings and trainings, tent and cabin camping, a demonstration kitchen and kitchen garden, two pools, a Girl Scout museum and shop, a playing field and archery range, campfire circle and labyrinths. Activities at the Leadership Center, including adult training programs, will help to facilitate partnerships with surrounding community groups, local organizations and schools. To learn more, visit girlscoutsaz.org.
Girl Scouts—Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC)
GSACPC is Arizona’s leading organization preparing girls with the skills and experiences they need to empower themselves for life. Given the opportunity, every girl can become a leader, act confidently on her values, and connect with her community. We know that girls built of courage, confidence and character make the world a better place. GSACPC serves 22,000 girls, grades K-12, across central and northern Arizona, in partnership with more than 10,000 adult volunteers. For more information, visit our website, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation
The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation offers support to nonprofit organizations successfully working to empower, educate, nurture and nourish people during what is often the darkest times of theirs lives. Founded in 2012 by philanthropists and business leaders Bob and Renee Parsons to provide hope and life-changing assistance to the country’s most vulnerable populations, The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation offers critical funding at critical times to those in need. Driven by the core belief that all people – regardless of race, roots or economic status – deserve access to quality healthcare, education and a safe place to call home, The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation has exceeded $120 million in giving over the past five years. Follow @WeDealInHope on social media, or visit TBRPF.org, to learn more about partner organizations and the important work being done in the community.
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