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Go Daddy founder and former CEO Bob Parsons is resigning as executive chairman to spend time on other ventures.

Parsons Foundation boosts Elevate Phoenix

Elevate Phoenix today announced a $58,000 grant from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation. The Foundation’s grant will provide privately-funded need-based scholarship opportunities for DREAMers, who do not qualify for public scholarship assistance funds, to pursue a college education through Elevate Phoenix’s LIFT for Success Program.

“How we raise and teach our children will impact our entire community,” said Renee Parsons.

“DREAMers can’t change where they came from or how they got here, but they can certainly change where they are going,” entrepreneur and philanthropist Bob Parsons added. “By supporting these children we have the opportunity to give them hope that they too can achieve their American Dream.”

Elevate Phoenix, a unique teacher-mentor program, targets urban youth struggling with poverty, gangs, drugs, violence and dysfunction. By matching students with a dedicated adult role model, who is available to them 24/7, the organization is breaking down barriers and transforming futures. An accredited program, the non-profit provides character, life skills, leadership, and literacy education to 4,500 elementary and high school students in four Phoenix public schools. The program model, founded in 1982 in Denver, Colorado, has served more than 30,000 students and has a 90 percent graduation and 85 percent post-secondary school entry rate, significantly higher than the national average.

Elevate’s Lift for Success college readiness program was established in 2010 to support students’ transition from high school to college.  The program, which now has more than 100 participants, exposes Elevate graduates to the rigors of college by placing them in a high-touch college boot-camp program for the summer. In 2013, the collaborative venture with Gateway Community College, supported by Elevate mentors, had a 100 percent retention rate.

“Elevate Phoenix is a program that changes the lives of kids through the love and devotion of adults who care,” said Elevate Board Member and PGA Tour & Champions Tour Professional Tom Lehman.  “I have a passion for these kids, and understand what happens not only in their lives but in the lives of their families and their community when real mentoring takes place. If I have heard a student say it once, I’ve heard it 100 times over the last 3 years – that their ‘entire perspective on life has changed because of Elevate Phoenix.’”

To learn more about Elevate Phoenix, visi www.ElevatePhoenix.org.

Go Daddy founder and former CEO Bob Parsons is resigning as executive chairman to spend time on other ventures.

Foss Institute Receives $100K grant from Parsons

The Joe Foss Institute (JFI) announced a $100,000 grant from The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation. The grant will help promote civics education in select urban Phoenix schools through a unique partnership between JFI and Elevate Phoenix. Funds will help expand the reach of the Veterans Inspiring Patriotism program to 10,000 Phoenix students, provide curriculum resources for students in the character education program and will allow the organization to purchase much needed laptops.

“Support from The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation will allow this partnership to better prepare the students we serve to become civically-engaged and responsible community members,” said Dr. Lucian Spataro, JFI president and CEO. “These students are the future leaders of our communities and country. With the support of Bob and Renee Parsons we are better able to ensure students have the tools to fully understand their civic duties, their rights and responsibilities as American citizens, the importance of public service, and America’s core values.”

Since 2001, JFI has worked to advance civics education in schools and help bridge the learning gap created by the emphasis and funding for proficiency in the hard sciences – science, technology, engineering and math. Elevate Phoenix works with students in grades 2-12 who struggle with gangs, drugs, dysfunction and generational poverty by providing high-quality supplementary education. The program seeks to increase the number of students graduating and entering post-secondary schools, as well as preparing them to become civic-minded and responsible adults.

“Students in the Elevate Phoenix program have a 90% high school graduation rate and an 85% postsecondary entry rate historically over 32 years with over 30,000 students nationally. Locally in just four years, we are at 98% graduation and 90% postsecondary entry rates,” reports Elevate Phoenix Executive Director Tim Cleary.

“Renee and I believe every person deserves a shot at the American dream – but, to achieve the American dream you have to understand what it means to be an American,” said Bob Parsons.  “By failing to teach the significance of our civic duties and the rights we possess as Americans, the education system is under-preparing students for their societal responsibilities. The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation is investing in the future of this community by enabling Valley schools, through the Joe Foss Institute and Elevate Phoenix, to effectively reintroduce civics education.”

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation was established in 2012 by award-winning business leader Bob Parsons and his wife Renee. To date, the Foundation has awarded $28 million in critical funds to charitable organizations. Though best known as the founder of GoDaddy, Parsons is also the founder and CEO of more than seven Greater Phoenix Area businesses and is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, recipient of the Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and Purple Heart Medal.