A for Arizona Receives Second Grant from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation
Gift Underscores Shared Commitment to Improve Education and Student Access
to Top Performing Public Schools
PHOENIX (January 11, 2016) – The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation is adding to its investment in Arizona education with a $185,000 grant for A for Arizona, an initiative of the Arizona Chamber Foundation and the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce dedicated to educational excellence for all students. This is the second major grant A for Arizona received from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation – bringing the total support to more than $530,000 over the past two years.
Only one in nine schools in low-income communities in Arizona is A-rated. A for Arizona works to support and expand the number of high-quality leaders, educators and public school models, especially those who serve primarily low-income students.
“The tremendous support from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation is sincerely appreciated,” said Lisa Graham Keegan, A for Arizona Executive Director. “We’re honored that Mr. and Mrs. Parsons were among our earliest supporters and are working with us to make high quality education options available to every child in Arizona, regardless of their zip code or family income.”
A for Arizona’s efforts are focused on understanding, supporting and replicating successful ‘A’ school models currently operating in low-income areas, and creating a policy environment that helps them thrive and expand. Particular attention is given to communities with a majority of Hispanic students and schools whose student body is comprised of more than 60 percent underprivileged students.
“Access to a quality education will help our students thrive, and can set them on a path of lifelong learning and success,” said businesswoman and philanthropist Renee Parsons. “We believe our continued investment in A for Arizona will yield outstanding results, not only for Arizona’s children, but for our entire community as well.”
The grant from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation will be used to further A for Arizona’s goal to rapidly expand the number of students educated in ‘A’ quality classrooms—whether traditional district, charter, or magnet schools. The ongoing support from the Foundation has also spurred additional local donors to support and invest in A for Arizona’s mission. Since 2015, A for Arizona has raised more than $1.5 million in funding from both national and local supporters. To learn more, visit aforaz.org.
About The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation
The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation inspires hope by providing critical funding at critical times to communities striving to make a difference. The Foundation primarily focuses on issues in the greater Phoenix area. The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation believes every person is entitled to an education, good nutrition, medical care, a stress-free, happy environment and the hope that they too, will share in the American Dream. The Foundation provides funding to nonprofit organizations that are successfully addressing these essential needs. The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation is also committed to the children of Haiti, helping to grow and improve schools, medical services and overall well-being for communities in rural Haiti. tbrpf.org.
About A for Arizona
A for Arizona exists to support and expand the number of A-quality public school models, especially those who serve primarily low-income students. The program is a project of the Arizona Chamber Foundation, in partnership with the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. For additional information on A for Arizona or how you can support its efforts, please visit www.AforAZ.org.