Since our founding in 1944, we have supported educational, cultural, and civic organizations in the communities where our employees live and work. We have also sponsored various nonprofits, programs, and events. As part of our Parsons Gives Back Program, we continually evaluate our community’s ever-changing needs; we have supported multiple nonprofit organizations for numerous years while others reflect our growth and expansion into new markets and geographies. Our community involvement mirrors the values we hold as a company, especially our six core values. Charitable contributions, in-kind donations, and volunteerism directly correlate with improving the quality of life while making the world a better place.
Bridges to Prosperity
In 2015, Parsons committed to becoming Bridges to Prosperity’s sole Country Partner. The nonprofit provides isolated communities with access to essential healthcare, education, and economic opportunities by building footbridges over impassable rivers. Parsons has also supported the organization’s bridge-building program in Rwanda via its annual Bridges and Birdies Golf Tournament.
Parsons Scholarship Program
Established in California in the 1960s, our undergraduate/graduate scholarship program was expanded in 2009 to include the dependents of our full-time employees attending an accredited college or university. In 2016, Parsons awarded 31 scholarships worth $119,000 under our annual scholarship program: 12 first-time recipients and 19 renewed scholarships.
American Cancer Society
Parsons has donated to the ACS of San Gabriel/Pomona Valley since 1976. We have raised more than $3.1 million for the ACS, which is dedicated to helping those who face cancer.
Women in Transportation Seminar
Parsons supports WTS, an international organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women. Through Parsons’ support of the WTS Transportation YOU program, young girls from 13–18 are introduced to various transportation careers through hands-on, interactive mentoring. Parsons also partnered with the WTS Toronto Area Chapter to provide academic scholarships to two recipients focusing on the transportation industry.
Parsons has supported this nonprofit orchestra since its founding in 2011. Parsons’ assistance provides meaningful support to MUSE/IQUE’s four programs: Uncorked Series, Summer of Sound, FREE/FOR ALL, and KIDS/IQUE. These programs serve the community by producing and presenting live counter-conventional musical experiences that are exciting, memorable, and accessible to all segments of the community, including foster and at-risk children. Two Parsons executives also serve on the organization’s board of directors.
Parsons employees—and the corporation—have been donating to United Way for nearly 30 years. Between 2001 and 2016, we contributed more than $6 million through our annual North American United Way Campaign. Our 2016 effort raised more than $350,000, which was distributed to nonprofit agencies in the United States and Canada. Parsons has been an ongoing sponsor of the Greater Los Angeles HomeWalk to end homelessness. This was our 10th year for the HomeWalk event. The community raised more than $1 million, and the Parsons walking team joined 15,000 other volunteers to show that homelessness is solvable.