In early 2018, Desert Financial Credit Union announced a commitment of $2 million in funding over three years to ‘1 Darn Cool School,’ the in-house education center at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. In January 2020, Desert Financial completed the planned donation and pledged $3 million in new dollars over the next four years. The funding commitment will make Desert Financial the largest-ever donor to ‘1 Darn Cool School,’ bringing its total to more than $10 million.
‘1 Darn Cool School’ enables children to experience as much normalcy as possible while staying on top of their studies, which are taught by the school’s master’s level teachers. The Desert Financial funds will be used toward operating costs for the school, which is 100 percent philanthropically supported.
The education programming, which began in 1985, is available to all children who are currently enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade or special education 5 to 21 years and are expected to miss more than 10 days of school (with an inpatient stay of three days). Al teachers hold a current Arizona teaching certificate and have earned a master’s degree in education. Additionally, all classroom volunteers have a professional teaching background.