The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation Donates $750,000 to Grow New Schools For Phoenix

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Grant will provide more students access to a quality education.

“Our training helps leaders develop the mindset, knowledge and ability to inspire student," said Andrew Collins, Senior Director of New Schools For Phoenix.

Believing in the vision of New Schools For Phoenix, The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation has pledged to invest $750,000 over the next three years for the non-profit to expand its local programs.

The need for high performing schools in Phoenix is greater than ever. More than 80 percent of students enrolled within the Phoenix urban core attend a high poverty school, and less than one in 10 of these students attend an A-rated school.

New Schools For Phoenix works to break the cycle of poverty by increasing access to high performing public schools among low-income students. The non-profit recruits and trains effective leaders to support struggling schools and launch A-rated charter schools in Phoenix.

“The generosity of the Parsons will allow us to bring our programs to even more children in Phoenix,” said Andrew Collins, Senior Director of New Schools For Phoenix. “Our training helps leaders develop the mindset, knowledge and ability to inspire students and make positive changes to education in high-need communities.”

New Schools For Phoenix recognizes the importance of education as a driver for personal and economic development and strives to provide exceptional education for all children, regardless of income or background.

The three-year grant will support leadership development within New Schools For Phoenix, to guide leaders through the process of designing and launching a successful school or bettering existing programs. The training consists of a five-month school design fellowship for entrepreneurial leaders, followed by up to four years of planning and implementation support.

“Every child is entitled to a quality education, but many children living in low-income areas just aren’t getting the support they need,” said entrepreneur and philanthropist Bob Parsons. “Our partnership with New Schools For Phoenix will help provide our community’s most at-risk students with access to valuable educational opportunities.”

During the next five years, New Schools For Phoenix plans to expand its services to support the development or improvement of 25 schools. These campuses, with a total enrollment capacity of 12,500 students, will triple the number of low-income children attending a high performing public school within the Phoenix urban core.

“An important goal of The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation is to provide desperately needed help, education and ultimately hope to all children. The work of New Schools For Phoenix is doing just that, giving students hope and support for a brighter future,” said Renee Parsons. “Supporting education is truly an investment in the future of our community.”

New Schools For Phoenix currently serves more than 2,000 children in the Phoenix urban core. The Phoenix urban core spans 220 square miles across the Phoenix Union High School District and its 13 feeder elementary school districts. Approximately 136,000 K-12 students attend 215 public and charter schools within those boundaries, the majority of whom come from low-income, minority families. For more information, visit newschoolsforphoenix.org.

About New Schools For Phoenix
New Schools For Phoenix is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to recruit and equip leaders to run high-quality schools in Phoenix. We are transformative educators who believe all students, regardless of background, can succeed. We significantly impact student learning, and inspire others to achieve excellence in urban education. New Schools For Phoenix is a tested, proven model that will accelerate student achievement and provide ongoing options for quality education. For more information visit http://www.newschoolsforphoenix.org.

About The Bob and 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.

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