PHOENIX, Jan. 31, 2024 ~ Today, Desert Financial Foundation and Desert Financial credit union made a monumental announcement, revealing their joint donation of $1.15 million to the 1 Darn Cool School at Phoenix Children's. This generous contribution marks the largest single donation ever made by Desert Financial Foundation, as well as the credit union and its team members.

The purpose of this donation is to support the expansion of 1 Darn Cool School to additional campuses, ensuring that all patients at Phoenix Children's have access to educational services. As a credit union founded by schoolteachers, education holds a special place in the heart of Desert Financial. President and CEO Jeff Meshey expressed their commitment to this cause, stating, "After learning about Phoenix Children's new campus, we knew we needed to help 1 Darn Cool School follow suit and expand its services to children across The Valley."

The 1 Darn Cool School is a fully accredited K-12 school with eight full-time master's level teachers. It is fully funded by the Desert Financial Foundation, Desert Financial Credit Union and its team members. Since its establishment in 2023, the school has provided traditional classroom settings or bedside instruction for over 2,000 children who have been hospitalized for five days or longer. This allows them to continue their education while fighting illnesses and injuries.

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Tim Harrison, vice president of corporate sponsorship at Phoenix Children's, emphasized the impact of this program on young patients. "The 1 Darn Cool School is about more than making sure kids don't fall behind in math and reading – it provides a feeling of normalcy for kids coping with difficult medical diagnoses," he said. "Contributions from Desert Financial are the lifeblood of this program that gives children in our community hope for a future beyond the walls of their hospital room."

This recent donation brings Desert Financial's total contributions to 1 Darn Cool School at Phoenix Children's to an impressive $10.95 million over the past 27 years. This amount is a combination of donations from members, employees, Desert Financial Foundation, and the Desert Financial Credit Union. With this continued support, 1 Darn Cool School can continue to provide educational opportunities for children in need and give them hope for a brighter future.
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