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Announcing the 2020 Butler Snow Foundation Grant Recipients



The Butler Snow Foundation is pleased to announce the 2020 grant recipients. After a thorough review of more than 35 applications, the Foundation has awarded more than $115,000 to the following organizations.

Shield Ranch Foundation – Austin, Texas

Shield Ranch Foundation provides a residential nature immersion summer camp for youth, 90% of which qualify for free/reduced lunch programs, 85% identify as Latinx, Black or Asian, and most of whom would not otherwise have access to a nature-based learning experience.  The grant, which will go toward the Abiding campaign, will aid in funding one of twelve new sleeping shelters, which will serve both the summer campers and a projected 3,500 annual visitors.  The shelter is part of a larger campsite construction project, which is planned to receive a SITES certification for implementing a water system using filtered rainwater to serve guests.


Cultural and Educational Advancement Foundation, Inc. – Birmingham, Ala. 

The purpose of the Cultural and Educational Advancement Foundation, Inc. (CEAF) is to improve the human condition through cultural enrichment activities, economic empowerment workshops and the arts.  The grant will allow CEAF to provide arts and culture activities and workshops centered on arts and culture (specifically focusing on the Harlem Renaissance and Black Arts Movement) bringing much needed resources to community members of the historic Smithfield neighborhood through the “Magic of the Pearl Arts Project”. Specifically, the grant will be used to purchase materials, art supplies, laptops and iPads to be used for the “Magic of the Pearl Arts Project”.


Grace House Ministries – Birmingham, Ala. 

Grace House Ministries provides a safe refuge and education for 38 girls ages 6-19 years old, who have been removed from the custody of their families due to abuse, abandonment and/or neglect. Grace House Ministries endeavors to provide each of its girls with an outstanding education.  It requested an award of $5,000 from the Butler Snow Foundation to account for a rise in its expenses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.  The award will be used for direct education expenses, including school supplies, uniforms, and technology.


Turning Leaf – Charleston, S.C. 

Turning Leaf provides re-entry services to men returning to society from prison.  In addition to providing cognitive-behavioral classes, counseling, and training, Turning Leaf uses a t-shirt screen-printing business to provide the men transitional employment until they can be placed in longer-term jobs.  Butler Snow Foundation’s grant will be used to purchase screen-printing equipment to allow Turning Leaf to open a second location in 2021.


The Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute (MMEI) – Jackson, Miss. 

The Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute (“MMEI”), named after slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers and prominent civil rights activist Myrlie Evers, his wife, endeavors to further their mission of cultivating positive social change and the cause of social justice. MMEI requested $15,000 to support its Steps for Democracy Initiative and related programming that aims to provide students and young leaders with the tools necessary to advocate for democratic process participation at the grassroots level in the form of advocacy modules and an extensive curriculum. The Butler Snow Foundation granted to MMEI $7,760 to pay for computer hardware that will support the delivery of Steps for Democracy Initiative advocacy modules and curriculum.


Mississippi Center for Justice – Jackson, Miss.

Mississippi Center for Justice is a statewide, non-profit legal and policy organization that focuses on issues related to racial and social justice. COVID-related financial instability and the 2019 ICE raids have caused a strain on Mississippi Center for Justice’s ability to meet an increased need for assistance from those facing eviction and deportation. The Butler Snow Foundation grant will help provide staffing and support for eviction and immigration enforcement protection for low-income families.


REACH Memphis – Memphis, Tenn. 

REACH Memphis is a college prep program for high school students in Shelby County, TN. The program provides students with a variety of summer experience opportunities, college counseling, career exploration services, ACT preparation, mentoring, and tutoring services. Butler Snow Foundation’s grant will permit the program to serve more participants in the coming summer.


Room In The Inn – Memphis, Tenn. 

Room In The Inn focuses on serving individuals experiencing homelessness by providing meals, shelter and services.  The Foundation’s funding will be used to purchase furniture for recuperative care center for medically fragile homeless individuals and the family inn for families with children.


Backfield in Motion, Inc. – Nashville, Tenn. 

Backfield in Motion (BIM) aims to improve the academic achievement, social, and emotional learning of under-performing at-risk male students attending Metro Nashville Public Schools. BIM in its application identified a need for a vehicle to transport program participants from schools to BIM’s programming locations.  The Foundation’s grant will help fund BIM’s Extended Learning Program, specifically, to match funding to replace a vehicle used for program transportation.


Historic Travellers Rest House – Nashville, Tenn.

Historic Travellers Rest House is the oldest historic house museum open to the public in Nashville. The museum’s primary mission is history education with its programs and events covering 1,000 years of history. The Foundation’s grant funds will be used to pay for a portion of the costs associated with stabilizing the structure of a historic smokehouse located on the museum property. Once stabilized, use of the smokehouse will be more fully incorporated into current programming as well as new programming designed around the structure.


Various Food Banks Across Firm’s Footprint 

In light of national food instability created by the pandemic and the increased strain this has put on food banks, the Foundation has committed to donating to food banks across the firm’s footprint to truly make an investment in the communities in which we live, work and play. The Foundation had donated a total of $20,000 to the following food banks:

Butler Snow’s commitment to supporting and investing in the communities in which we live and work stretches back to the firm’s founding in 1954. Learn more about the Butler Snow Foundation here.