SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Whatâ€™s good for Go Daddy is good for the community. This yearâ€™s financial success for the worldâ€™s largest provider of Web site addresses is translating into big dollars for charities and for the companyâ€™s own employees.
For the year, Go Daddyâ€™s philanthropic works totaled $1.4 million in donations alone. The Scottsdale-based company helped organizations dedicated to a variety of causes, including domestic violence, child abuse, blind children, unwed mothers, homelessness, as well as Parkinsonâ€™s disease, Juvenile Diabetes, food banks and animal shelters.
â€œItâ€™s important to us to make a difference in our community and all over the world,â€ said Go Daddy CEO and Founder Bob Parsons.
Mr. Parsons is known for his â€œsurpriseâ€ contributions, as with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF). At the JDRF Desert Southwest Chapterâ€™s kick-off luncheon in September, Parsons was expected to announce the companyâ€™s $100,000 donation, but after listening to stories of families affected by the disease, he surprised everyone by standing up and pledging twice the amount.
Parsons also doubled his donation to needy children in Tucson, Arizona, this month. He did it in style, too, while riding his Harley-Davidson as the Grand Marshall for the Sun Riders 26th Annual Motorcycle Toy Parade benefiting Aviva Childrenâ€™s Services.
Go Daddyâ€™s own employees have also benefited from the companyâ€™s most successful year ever. More than $1 million was awarded to employees in 2007. Employee prizes included cash, cars, a yearâ€™s mortgage paid, a four-year college scholarship and a trip around the world that included 20 paid vacation days and $10,000 spending money.
â€œWe learned a long time ago, happy employees are productive employees,â€ Parsons said after the companyâ€™s holiday party this year. â€œWe hold fun contests all throughout the whole year.â€
Go Daddy rented out Chase Field for their holiday party, hired the Gin Blossoms to entertain and gave away gifts to each and every employee. The event was hailed as â€œthe party to end all partiesâ€ at a time when most companies are scaling back.
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