February 2017 marks the fifth anniversary of the founding of The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation — a milestone all of us at the Semper Fi Fund celebrate with a level of admiration and gratitude for which no words can possibly do justice.
Bob Parsons and his wife Renee are treasured members of the Semper Fi Fund family. Bob, a U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam veteran who received the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, is best-known in the business world as the founder of GoDaddy. In December 2013, he and his wife signed the Giving Pledge, a public declaration to donate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy.
The many philanthropic donations made by the Parsons Foundation include millions of dollars to create a health clinic for the homeless, to create a Leadership Center for Girls and Women, to increase opportunities and healthcare for children, to fight HIV/AIDS — and to support our nation’s wounded service members.
Over the past five years, the Parsons Foundation has provided a total of $32 million to support the Semper Fi Fund’s mission to provide immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post-9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families, ensuring that they have the resources they need during their recovery and transition back to their communities.
“We are blessed beyond words to have partners like Bob and Renee,” said Karen Guenther, President, Executive Director and Founder of the Semper Fi Fund. “As a Marine himself, Bob knows firsthand the importance of our mission. The number of families whose lives have been touched and improved by the remarkable generosity of the Parsons Foundation is truly incalculable.”
“The most recent example of Parsons Foundation generosity toward the Fund came in the closing months of 2016: Our “Double Down for Veterans” matching campaign challenged supporters of the Fund nationwide to raise up to $10 million through December 31, with every dollar donated being matched by the Foundation. That goal was reached, meaning a total of $20 million was raised by the campaign.”
“Bob understands that we all have skin in this game,” said Karen. “Our nation’s military defends freedom on behalf of all Americans, and all Americans owe them a debt of gratitude we can never repay. Through a matching campaign like ‘Double Down for Veterans,’ the Parsons Foundation is involving supporters from coast to coast in our mission and raising not only money, but also awareness of the issues facing our post-9/11 service members.”
“We are so grateful to Bob and Renee,” Karen added. “On behalf of everyone at the Fund, I want to congratulate them on their amazing charitable work, and wish the Parsons Foundation a very happy fifth anniversary. May there be many, many more anniversaries to come — and may the number of lives they’ve touched and improved continue to grow beyond measure. Thank you!”