Washington Federal, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary throughout 2017 and operates 31 branches statewide,  today announced a $2,000 gift to the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) to help complete the organization’s $18 million Campaign for Girls in Arizona. The campaign was created to build The Bob & Renee Parsons Leadership Center for Girls and Women at Camp South Mountain, a year-round urban program center with camp appeal that is also and ADA accessible. The gift, in turn, will be matched by the The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, for a total donation of $4,000 toward the completion of the Campaign.

“Girl Scouts takes the potential of girls, combines it with skill-building programming and adds caring adult mentors and strong role models. This generous gift will allow us to bring our proven Girl Scout Leadership Experience to more even more girls,” said Tamara Woodbury, CEO of GSACPC. “The Parsons Leadership Center demonstrates our commitment to all girls, including those in underserved areas, to provide a safe and supportive environment where they can learn and grow to become confident leaders in their own life and in the community.”

To help ensure that GSACPC reaches their $18 million goal, The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation issued a matching grant challenge in July 2017. The Foundation will match all donations received between now and December 31, 2017, dollar-for-dollar, up to $1.6 million.

The Parsons Leadership Center, which is located on 14.5 acres in the South Mountain community at 1611 E. Dobbins Road in Phoenix, increases the Council’s capacity to serve girls with relevant programming, from aquatics to STEM, all year long.

“This donation was made possible by our Washington Federal Foundation, which is currently accepting grant requests from local organizations like the Girl Scouts,” said Mike Brown, Arizona regional president of Washington Federal. “Since launching the program locally just a few short years ago, we have been able to award more nearly $70,000 in grants across Arizona to groups doing important community work, like our local Girl Scout council.”

For more information, or to apply for a local Washington Federal Foundation grant, please visit www.washingtonfederal.com and click on “community relations” or call 541-880-5228 and ask for the community relations team.

Local businesses, community supporters and Girl Scout alumnae are challenged to join in with Washington Federal by December 31, 2017. Make a gift today to qualify for the matching funds from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation at girlscoutsaz.org/campaign.