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 2014, Parsons awarded 28 scholarships worth $105,000 under our annual scholarship program: 15 first-time recipients and 13 renewed scholarships.
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.
Tournament for Life
Parsons has hosted its annual golf fundraiser for the American Cancer Society (ACS) of San Gabriel/Pomona Valley since 1975. We have raised nearly $3 million for the ACS through this tournament—one of Southern California’s most successful charitable functions.
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 almost 30 years. Between 2001 and 2014, we contributed more than $5 million to nonprofit community organizations and charities through our annual United Way Campaign. Our employees in California also actively participate in the Greater Los Angeles HomeWalk and in Orange County’s WalkUnited. Both are annual 5k run/walks to end homelessness. Each year, thousands of people come together to do their part by fundraising and spreading the word that homelessness is a solvable problem. In Orange County, Parsons employees participated for 4 consecutive years in WalkUnited. Their efforts, coupled with Parsons’ sponsorship, contributed more than $5,000 over the past 4 years to help end homelessness in Orange County. In Los Angeles just this past year—having 35 registered and virtual walkers combined with matching funds from the Conrad Hilton Foundation and Parsons’ HomeWalk sponsorship—Parsons’ participation in the 8th annual Los Angeles HomeWalk added nearly $20,000 to this important United Way fundraiser. In June 2014, the United Way of Greater
Los Angeles recognized Parsons’ then-Vice President of Talent Management with an Outstanding Executive Champion Award for his philanthropic commitment to community service. He also serves as the chairman of the board of the Los Angeles Central County United Way.