The Butler Snow Foundation is pleased to announce the 2021 grant recipients. After a thorough review of 28 applications, the Foundation has awarded more than $145,000 to the following organizations.
The Life of a Single Mom – Baton Rouge, La.
Single Mom Crisis Prevention
The Life of a Single Mom exists to improve the lives of single mothers by providing support groups and education in three core areas (Parenting, Finances, and Health & Wellness) through groups, education and community. This initiative would enroll 50 single mothers in an online classroom, providing access to 150+ classes of various topics for up to one year, as well as provide 100 hours of licensed counseling for 20 single moms. Funds will be used to purchase the equipment and technology needed for online classrooms, as well as pay for counseling.
Any Baby Can of Austin, Inc. – Austin, Texas
Elevator Modernization Project
Any Baby Can partners with families to build stability, develop skills and unlock each child’s full potential through parent education and support, child development, classes and other resources. Funds will be used to modernize its elevator to avoid costly repairs and liability. This grant will specifically be used for site preparation (electrical and construction) needed to meet city codes and prepare for the re-installation of the updated elevator.
Community Legal Center – Memphis, Tennessee
Community Legal Center Computer Upgrade
For 27 years, the Community Legal Center has provided a variety of civil legal services to persons of modest means in the Memphis/Shelby County community. Funds will be used to replace and upgrade eight of the organization’s staff computers with new models, helping improve functionality and operations to carry out their mission.
The Collegiate School of Memphis – Memphis, Tennessee
Collegiate School of Memphis Pavilion and Outdoor Classroom
The Collegiate School of Memphis serves students in grades six through twelve from the greater Memphis community. The diverse student population comes from 25 zip codes and the majority of families have annual household incomes of less than $30,000. Funds will be used by the organization to build an outdoor community space for classes, social events and fellowship events, as well as for use by the neighborhood and community partners.
Magnolia Speech School – Jackson, Miss.
Magnolia Speech School exists to enable children with communication disorders to develop their full potential through spoken language and literacy. The non-public, special purpose, and non-profit school is a proven leader in providing progressive, personalized education to students who need assistance with communicative skills. It is the only school in the state of Mississippi like it. Funds will be used for construction of the school’s new campus in Madison, specifically for the new location’s two playgrounds, furniture, kitchen equipment and donor wall.
Canopy Children’s Solutions – Jackson, Miss.
Canopy’s Early Intervention Autism Clinic – Digital Engagement Therapy Equipment
Canopy Children’s Solutions reaches each of Mississippi’s 82 counties in order to provide children with life-changing solutions for autism, behavioral and mental health issues, adoption and foster care and more. Funding will be used to purchase digital engagement therapy equipment for the organization’s state-of-the-art autism clinic located at the Powers Campus in Jackson. This type of digital engagement therapy helps those with autism to receive a better overall healthcare experience, overcome language barriers and reduce anxiety with play therapy.
Church Health – Memphis, Tenn.
Essential Equipment for Essential Workers
Church Health provides medical, dental, vision, behavioral health, nutrition and physical therapy services to Memphians facing social and economic challenges –all under one roof. Funds will be used by the organization to purchase equipment and tools to continue providing essential dental care to the community.
Sunnybrook Children’s Home – Ridgeland, Miss.
House 3 Roof
Sunnybrook Children’s Home is a Christian ministry-based, professional childcare organization working with the state’s transitional-age youth. Funds will be used to repair and replace the roof on one of the organization’s five houses.
BRIDGES – Memphis, Tenn.
BRIDGES Youth Action Center Capital Improvement
BRIDGES provides students an opportunity to find their voice through unique experiential learning activities that are adventurous, relational and transformative. As a result, participants are empowered to reach across racial and socio-economic divides, are prepared for secondary educational opportunities and careers, and are engaged in civic affairs in their communities. Funds will be used to improve the Youth Action Center, with this grant’s funds being used to install additional power and data outlets to meet the computer/internet connectivity needs.
Gigi’s House, Inc. – Morrow, Ga.
Gigi’s House Phase II Expansion
Gigi’s House is a safe home offering trauma-informed therapy, medical assistance, life empowerment skills, independent living skills, home-schooling, GED programs, job readiness skills and vocational education training programs to victims of sex trafficking. Funds will be used for the second expansion phase of the organization’s campus to increase the number of clients they can serve.
Tennessee Justice Center, Inc. – Nashville, Tenn.
A Permanent Home for TJC
The Tennessee Justice Center serves low-income families in all 95 Tennessee counties from an office in Nashville. TJC’s work is grounded in and inspired by the daily representation of individual families from Memphis to Mountain City. Funds will be used for the renovation of permanent office space for the organization to continue serving the public.
University of Memphis Foundation – Memphis, Tenn.
Pre-Law Pathways for High School
University High School, the laboratory high school of the University of Memphis, prepares a diverse body of students with the knowledge, skills and mindsets needed to thrive in the 21st-century global community, through innovative and inclusive practices, transformational partnerships and equitable access to opportunities that lead to success in college and in life. Funds will be used to outfit the school’s Pre-Law Pathways program with 25 Chromebooks and active learning tables and chairs.
Trinity Community Commons – Nashville, Tenn.
Trinity Community Commons Restoration/Renovation
Trinity Community Commons (TCC) leverages sacred space to affirm and activate the worth and potential of all members of its surrounding community. The organization strives to provide support to the members of its service area by coordinating efforts, resources and financial aid from new residents, developers, and businesses moving into the area. Funds will be used to rehabilitate, stabilize and modernize the organization’s facility after a fire in February 2021, including an event space, public workspaces, learning spaces for youth programs and updated kitchen/dining space. The funds from this grant will specifically be used to construct the learning spaces for elementary and middle school students.
Nashville Children’s Alliance – Nashville, Tenn.
Forensic Interview Rooms Renovation
The Nashville Children’s Alliance (NCA) provides services at no cost to children in Davidson County who have experienced sexual or severe physical abuse. Some of these services include front-line forensic interviews to assist in determining if abuse has occurred, weekly therapy sessions, court support, crisis services to families and support groups for non-offending parents. Funds will be used to renovate the five Forensic Interview rooms to be more trauma-informed for the clients the organization serves. This includes soft-sided chairs, child-friendly tables with storage and noise-reducing panels.
Texas Advocacy Project, Inc. – Austin, Texas
Legal Services for Survivors Mobile App
Texas Advocacy Project serves all of Texas –statewide, and is physically located in Austin, TX. In 2020, TAP closed 4,767 individual cases affecting 10,106 (primary and secondary) victims of violence in 163 counties. TAP attorneys work directly with victims in-person and utilize “tele-law” platforms to deliver civil-legal remedies for long-term safety. “Tele-law” is especially useful for those in rural areas and in under-served populations as well as during COVID-19. Funds will be used to develop a secure legal service mobile app for survivors of intimate partner violence.
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.