The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation inspires hope by providing critical funding at critical times to communities striving to make a difference.
The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation was established in February 2012 with the hope to change the lives of our country’s critically wounded veterans and to improve outcomes for individuals and families living in poverty. Founded by serial entrepreneur Bob Parsons and business executive Renee Parsons, the Foundation is guided by the couple’s personal experiences, values and beliefs.
Best known for his business successes, Bob Parsons is the founder of GoDaddy, the world’s largest internet domain name and hosting company, as well as PXG, Parsons Technology and other businesses ranging from power sports to marketing. It was his life before that success, however, that most impacts his philanthropy. Bob grew up “poor as a church mouse” in inner-city Baltimore. He struggled in school, failed the fifth grade and almost didn’t graduate high school. He credits his service with the U.S. Marine Corps and experience in Vietnam with transforming his life.
A successful business woman in her own right, Renee’s experiences also guide her philanthropy. Having learned the value of serving others at an early age, she began working in her family’s restaurant business when she was only 13. With a professional career in sales and marketing, Renee later joined GoDaddy as the corporate events planner and VP of community outreach, leading GoDaddy’s philanthropic work worldwide.
Believing that the work they do through their philanthropy is the most important, Bob and Renee signed the Giving Pledge in December 2013, making a public declaration to give away at least half their net worth. As of April 2016, Bob and Renee Parsons are among 143 signatories of The Giving Pledge worldwide.
February 1, 2012
The Foundation opens its doors
Emergency Response in Haiti
$2.5M in disaster relief in response to Haiti’s earthquake
$1M to provide assistance to critically ill and injured veterans
$5M to provide shelter to homeless families
Hope for Youth
$1.5M for children with life threatening medical conditions
Increasing quality pre-K educational opportunities for kids in South Phoenix
Launch of HIV/AIDS Efforts
$4M toward the fight to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic
Signed The Giving Pledge
Providing Medical Care to the Poor
$2M to create a new health clinic for homeless
Increasing Access to Dental Care
Grand opening of dental clinic to serve thousands of uninsured children
$1M for college scholarships to undocumented students with DACA status
$4M to open a new youth center for kids in central Phoenix
Increase opportunities for disconnected youth with launch of new nonprofit in Phoenix
Investment in Girls
$5M to create a new Leadership Center for Girls & Women
$9M in matching funds to support wounded Veterans
Supporting LGBTQ Youth
Building on our commitment for LGBTQ youth through homeless youth housing & supportive services
Commitment to Improving LIves of Veterans with PTSD
$1M dedicated to improving veteran wellness
Double Down for Veterans
$10M in matching funds to support wounded Veterans
5 years of giving
TECHNOLOGY & MEDICINE
$4M to launch telemedicine program for Parkinson’s patients who lack mobility
ART AS THERAPY
$2M to create a Center for Hope & Healing for foster & homeless youth