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16 Texas Charities are Finalists for the $200,000 KoonsFuller Family Law Foundation Grant Awards

KoonsFuller CEO and Managing Shareholder Ike Vanden Eykel announced the finalists for the KoonsFuller Family Law Foundation awards. The 16 finalists were selected from 32 non-profit organizations who applied for the 2018 charitable grants. KoonsFuller is celebrating the firm’s 40th anniversary with a charitable campaign to award $200,000 in grants to Texas non-profit charities. The grant winners will be selected by a panel of notable judges from North Texas and Houston.

“Each finalist has a storied and important history that we respect,” said Vanden Eykel. “It is an honor for us to learn more about their contributions to the families in our communities.”

The award finalists selected in Houston are:

  1. Bo’s Place – Grief Support Programs and Education for Bereaved Children, Families, and Adults
  2. Casa de Esperanza de los Ninos – Residential Program for Young Children in Crisis Situations
  3. ChildBuilders – Support for Training and the Development of Programs that Promote Assertiveness, Empathy, Responsible Decision-making, Emotional Control, and Resilience
  4. Elijah Rising – Sex Trafficking Survivor Program
  5. Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Texas Gulf Coast – Patient Access Programs and Research
  6. Lone Star Legal Aid – Dedicated to providing free, reliable legal information to low-income Texans including a Medical-Legal Partnership with UT Physicians
  7. Small Steps Nurturing Center – Support to Underwrite all Academic Costs (including teacher salaries plus benefits and classroom supplies) for Small Steps Students

The finalists chosen in the North Texas area are:

  1. Alliance for Children – Therapeutic Intervention for Child Sexual Abuse Victims
  2. Dallas Theater Center – Winner of the regional Tony Award, DTC is the largest regional theater in North Texas.
  3. Family Compass –Builds healthy families and a strong North Texas community by preventing child abuse and neglect.
  4. Family Place –Empowers victims of family violence by providing safe housing, counseling and skills that create independence while building community engagement and advocating for social change to stop family violence.
  5. Hope Supply Co. – Meets the critical needs of homeless children
  6. JDRF, Greater Dallas – Leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.
  7. Promise House –Moves youth in crisis toward safety and success.
  8. Resource Center of Dallas – The largest in North Texas and the third largest provider of services to LGBTQ and HIV clients in the U.S – improving health and wellness, strengthening families and communities and providing transformative education and advocacy
  9. Trinity Basin Preparatory – Inspire every student to do more, expect more, and be more. It is seeking funding to establish and support the start of an after-school program at the Panola campus in Ft. Worth.

Grant winners will be announced at two 40th anniversary celebration events held in Dallas on November 2 and in Houston on November 4.

The KoonsFuller Family Law Foundation builds on a 40-year platform of giving back through volunteerism, advocacy, pro bono and financial support of charities that serve Dallas, Denton, Houston, Plano and Southlake-Fort Worth. The Foundation will continue its mission to support the dignity and personal growth of the people in the communities where our attorneys and clients live and work. We do this by supporting charitable and civic organizations that serve, nurture, lift-up, inform and educate individuals and families so they have additional and better opportunities to pay it forward and contribute to others.