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SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITIES TOG E T H E R Community Giving Report 2016


I N 2016, B A L C H WA S P R O U D T O S U P P O R T...

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Agape of Central Alabama, Inc.

Camp Lakeside

Alabama CASA Network

Camp Smile-A-Mile

Alabama Children’s Hospital Foundation

Champions for Change

Alabama Classic Foundation

Chattahoochee Nature Center

Alabama Kidney Foundation

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development

Alabama Power Service Organization

Children’s Harbor

Alabama School of Fine Arts

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Alabama Shakespeare Festival

Citizens of Georgia Power

Alabama State Bar

City of Birmingham Mayor’s Charity Golf Classic

Alabama Symphony Orchestra

City of Gulfport

Alabama Wildlife Federation

Cloverdale Playhouse

The ALS Association Alabama Chapter

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

American Cancer Society

E.A.T. South

American Heart Association

The Exceptional Foundation

American Red Cross

Forward Atlanta

APCO Employees Credit Union

Foundation for Progress in Journalism

Atlanta Bar Association

The Foundation of Athens-Limestone Public Library

Atlanta Community Food Bank

The Gail Keenan Art Center

Autism Speaks

Gateway

The Bacot McCarty Foundation

Georgia Appleseed Center for Law & Justice

Birmingham Bar Foundation

Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association Law Foundation

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Georgia English Bulldog Rescue

Birmingham Education Foundation

Georgia Wildlife Federation

Birmingham Museum of Art

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Inc.

Birmingham Zoo

Girls Inc. of Central Alabama

Black Belt Community Foundation

Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership

Black Belt Community Health Services, Inc.

Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce

Boy Scouts of America – Atlanta Area Council

Habitat for Humanity

Boy Scouts of America – Greater Alabama Council

Hancock County Community Development Foundation

Boy Scouts of America – Pine Burr Area Council

Hand In Paw

Boy Scouts of America – Tukabatchee Area Council

Hands on Atlanta

Boys & Girls Clubs of the River Region

Harrison County Emergency Children’s Shelter

Brantwood Children’s Home

Heart Gallery Alabama

Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama

Hero Foundation

Brother Bryan Mission

Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama


Hope Academy

National Employment Law Council

Horton’s Kids

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Infirmary Foundation

Page Turners Make Great Learners

Innovation Depot

Partnership Foundation

Jewish Family & Career Services

Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama

Jim Murphy Foundation

Quality Care for Children

Junior Auxiliary of Gulfport

Railroad Park Foundation

Junior League of Birmingham

Red Mountain Park

Junior League of Jackson

Red Mountain Theatre Company

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – Alabama Chapter

REV Birmingham

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – Georgia Chapter

River Region United Way

Kids’ Chance of Georgia

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama

Kid One Transport

Rotary Club of Gulfport

Lakeshore Foundation

SafeHouse

Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain

Salvation Army

LAPS for CF

Samaritan Counseling Center

Leadership Alabama

Samford Athletics

Leadership Birmingham

Service Guild of Birmingham

Leadership Mississippi

State Bar of Georgia – Young Lawyers Division

Limestone County Career Tech

Susan G. Komen Central Mississippi Steel Magnolias

Linly Heflin Unit

Taste of the South

Lynn Meadows Discovery Center

UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center

Madison County Business League & Foundation

United Way of the Capital Area

Make-A-Wish Foundation

United Way of Central Alabama

March of Dimes

United Way of Greater Atlanta

McWane Science Center

United Way of Morgan County

Mississippi Bar Foundation

United Way of the National Capital Area

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community Foundation

United Way of Northeast Florida

Mississippi Museum of Art

United Way of South Mississippi

Mississippi Power Community Connection

University of Georgia Foundation

Mississippi Society of Washington, DC

University of Mississippi Medical Class of 2016

Momentum

Vulcan Park & Museum

Montgomery Area Business Committee for the Arts

Women’s Energy Network

Montgomery Area Nontraditional Equestrians

The Woodruff Arts Center

Montgomery Symphony Orchestra

YWCA Central Alabama

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OUR COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITY Balch & Bingham nurtures a deep, ongoing commitment to serving the communities across our footprint, both individually and collectively. I am proud of our attorneys and staff who make a profound impact in these communities. Good corporate citizenship is part of our heritage and is extremely important to us. This year, we supported hundreds of charitable organizations both through financial contributions and contributions of time and service by our attorneys and staff. We were afforded many opportunities to volunteer or donate to charitable organizations throughout 2016, each one making a meaningful impact on its community. We feel very fortunate to support these groups, and chose to highlight a number of these organizations in our inaugural Community Giving Report. Looking forward into 2017, we will continue to grow our dedication to giving back to the communities in which we serve. I personally feel honored to work alongside a team which includes such generous people who serve our communities well. Lastly, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the many organizations and nonprofits with which we partnered last year. Thank you for the very important work that you do to better our communities. Sincerely,

M. Stanford Blanton Managing Partner

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THE EXCEPTIONAL FOUNDATION Supporting mentally and physically challenged individuals in Birmingham The Exceptional Foundation serves mentally and physically challenged individuals in Birmingham by targeting social and recreational objectives not met by educational institutions or the community at large. It enhances the lives of exceptional individuals with special needs through interactive programming including sports, music, dance, art, field trip experiences, and daily social activities.

OUR BIRMINGHAM ATTORNEYS ENJOY PARTICIPATING IN THE FOUNDATION’S LARGEST FUNDRAISING EVENT, THE CHILI-COOK OFF, WHICH WE SPONSOR AND COMPETE IN ANNUALLY.

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RAILROAD PARK FOUNDATION Supporting the revitalization of downtown Birmingham Located in the middle of downtown Birmingham, Railroad Park is 19-acre green space with 300 trees, a lake, rain curtain, bio-filtration wetlands area, ponds, and streams. The green space has received numerous awards for its cutting-edge design. The park is a key part of stimulating revitalization and transformation in the Birmingham area, and the foundation is dedicated to ensuring that momentum continues.

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OUR FIRM IS PROUD TO BE A COMMITTED CONTRIBUTOR TO THE FOUNDATION’S “GIVE THE GIFT OF GREEN” CAMPAIGN, WHICH AIMS TO RAISE $5 MILLION IN FIVE YEARS.


MISSISSIPPI MUSEUM OF ART Supporting Mississippians through visual art and cultural experiences The Mississippi Museum of Art engages Mississippians with visual art and is an inviting public space that offers relevant and meaningful cultural experiences to both the Jackson community and the state of Mississippi. The museum also offers The Museum School, an educational program offering a variety of art opportunities for young children, teens, and

adults, as well as a variety of family programs. In 2010, the museum received the National Medal for Museum Service from the Institute of Museum of Library Services, the highest national honor awarded to museums.

BALCH IS PROUD TO SPONSOR THE MISSISSIPPI MUSEUM OF ART’S BICENTENNIAL RECEPTION.


ALABAMA CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION Supporting ill and injured children since 1911 Children’s of Alabama, a pediatric medical center located in Birmingham, has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children since 1911. The Alabama Children’s Hospital Foundation is responsible for coordinating all charitable support for the mission of Children’s of Alabama. Philanthropic support from their community of donors helps cover the expenses of vital programs and child-friendly services that are not reimbursed through insurance.

WE WERE HONORED TO SPONSOR THE CHILDREN’S OF ALABAMA CORPORATE GOLF INVITATIONAL 2016.

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YWCA CENTRAL ALABAMA Supporting women, children, and families across central Alabama YWCA Central Alabama creates a more positive community by working to eliminate racism and empower women along with promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity.

BALCH WAS EXCITED TO SPONSOR

The organization, headquartered in Birmingham, works with homeless families to provide housing, helps domestic abuse victims, and provides early education to children living below the poverty line.

MORE THAN $5 MILLION SINCE

THE YWCA’S PURSE & PASSION LUNCHEON, THE ORGANIZATION’S LARGEST FUNDRAISER, RAISING 2008 TO HELP FUND THE YWCA’S INITIATIVES. ALSO, THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, OUR BIRMINGHAM OFFICE HOSTED “WARM UP BIRMINGHAM,” A WARM CLOTHING DRIVE DIRECTLY

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BENEFITTING THE YWCA.


AUTISM SPEAKS Supporting individuals with autism and their families Autism Speaks enhances lives of individuals with autism and their families by providing a variety of solutions and resources to enhance the lives of individuals with autism. The organization is national in scope, with localized programs across the country – including Atlanta. Each year, they host numerous

Autism Speaks Walks. This grassroots movement is powered by parents of children on the autism spectrum, generating funds that fuel innovative research and make connections to critical lifelong supports and services.

OUR FIRM IS PROUD TO SUPPORT AUTISM SPEAKS, INCLUDING THE GEORGIA CHAPTER’S 4TH ANNUAL SOUTHERN PIECES GALA IN 2016. IN ADDITION, OUR ATLANTA OFFICE FORMED A TEAM FOR THIS YEAR’S AUTISM SPEAKS WALK.


AL ABAMA SHAKESPEARE F E S T I VA L Supporting the community through arts education and cultural revitalization The Alabama Shakespeare Festival (ASF) is among the largest and best regarded professional theaters in the nation. Since the theatre first opened in Montgomery, millions of adults have experienced one of the theatre’s productions. Each season, ASF produces seven to ten plays, including at least two plays by Shakespeare. The organization also works directly with students for arts education. Each year, SchoolFest creates an opportunity for more than 40,000 Alabama students to experience the theater.

THE ALABAMA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL IS AN ARTS ORGANIZATION THAT WE ARE THRILLED TO SUPPORT. BALCH SPONSORED THE ORGANIZATION’S ANNUAL BENEFIT THE BARD FUNDRAISING EVENT, WHICH RAISED CRITICAL FUNDING TO SUPPORT ASF’S MISSION.

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HARRISON COUNTY EMERGENCY CHILDREN’S SHELTER Supporting the youth in Harrison County who have been neglected, abused, or run away from home The Harrison County Emergency Children’s Shelter is a twenty-four hour shelter in Gulfport for children under 18 years old who have been neglected, abused, or have run away from home. The first shelter of its kind in Mississippi, it is dedicated to ensuring the children’s physical, emotional and educational needs are met.

OUR FIRM ASSISTED THE HARRISON COUNTY YOUTH COURT WITH THE PURCHASE AND CONSTRUCTION OF PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT THROUGH ONE OF OUR GULFPORT ATTORNEY’S LEADERSHIP GULF COAST CLASS. IN ADDITION, WE SPONSORED THE CITY OF GULFPORT’S ANNUAL BOW TIES & BEIGNETS EVENT, WHICH BENEFITS THE SHELTER.

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ALABAMA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Supporting Alabamians through concerts, youth programs, and community engagement As Alabama’s premier performing arts organization, Alabama Symphony Orchestra (ASO) changes lives through music with the help of their concert series, youth programs, and community engagement. Located in Birmingham, it is the state’s only fulltime, professional orchestra, serving 100,000

individuals each year through concert series and youth programs. Each year, the ASO reaches 25,000 students through programming designed to develop creative thinking, helping young people grow from exposure to performances and learning to play an instrument.

THE MAESTRO’S BALL KICKS OFF THE ALABAMA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S SEASON EACH YEAR, CONSISTING OF A FUNDRAISING GALA AND SEATED DINNER. BALCH IS PROUD TO PLAY A PART IN THIS SPECIAL EVENING.


BIRMINGHAM ZOO Supporting the Birmingham community as a must-see attraction and animals through advancing scientific studies With approximately 950 animals of 230 species and more than 575,000 visitors per year, the Birmingham Zoo has been noted a must-see attraction for Alabama. The zoo is dedicated to providing educational opportunities and advancing the scientific study of animals, while providing a recreational space for residents and visitors to Birmingham.

BALCH WAS THRILLED TO SERVE AS A CORPORATE PARTNER FOR THE BIRMINGHAM ZOO’S ANNUAL ZOOGALA. THIS YEAR’S GALA HAD AN ASIA-INSPIRED THEME IN HONOR OF THE UPCOMING ASIAN PASSAGE EXHIBIT.

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ATLANTA COMMUNITY FOOD BANK Supporting people across metro Atlanta and north Georgia by fighting hunger and providing meals Each year, the Atlanta Community Food Bank works with more than 600 nonprofit partners to distribute more than 500 million meals to more than 755,000 people across metro Atlanta and north Georgia. Their goal is to fight hunger by engaging, educating, and empowering their community.

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WE PARTICIPATED IN THIS YEAR’S LEGAL FOOD FRENZY, AN OPPORTUNITY FOR LAWYERS IN AND AROUND GEORGIA TO CHALLENGE EACH OTHER OUTSIDE THE COURTROOM FOR A NOBLE CAUSE – REDUCING HUNGER IN GEORGIA. THE FOOD IS DONATED TO THE ATLANTA COMMUNITY FOOD BANK.


HORTON’S KIDS Supporting hundreds of at-risk children to prepare for college, their careers, and life Horton’s Kids is committed to helping hundreds of at-risk children prepare for college, their careers, and life through educational opportunities and comprehensive programs specifically tailored for their individual needs. The programs focus on academics, enrichment and youth development, health and basic needs, and a community resource center.

The high school graduation rate for a Horton’s Kid is nearly twice the neighborhood average. The organization serves Wellington Park in Ward 8, one of Washington, D.C.’s most atrisk neighborhoods, in which the vast majority of households have an annual income under $10,000.

OUR FIRM IS HONORED TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SUPPORT HORTON’S KIDS, AN ORGANIZATION IMPACTING THE LIVES OF THE YOUTH IN WASHINGTON, D.C. DAILY.


BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF THE RIVER REGION Supporting youth across the River Region through youth development programs The Boys & Girls Clubs of the River Region provide youth development programs in a safe, caring, and positive environment for children throughout the Montgomery area. They work to provide hope and opportunities to children between the ages of 6 to 18 by giving them the elements they need to succeed. With two clubs in Montgomery and one in Wetumpka, the organization works with more than 1,300 children.

BALCH WAS HONORED TO SPONSOR THE 26TH ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT BENEFITTING THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF THE RIVER REGION.

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AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION Supporting citizens through fighting heart disease and stroke The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The association strives to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke – particularly through providing public education on cardiovascular issues. This champion effort is active across the country.

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WE ARE PROUD TO SUPPORT THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION ACROSS OUR FIRM’S FOOTPRINT, SPONSORING EVENTS INCLUDING THE 2016 GULF COAST MS HEART WALK AND THE BIRMINGHAM HEART BALL.


MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST COMMUNITY FOUNDATION Supporting the Gulfport community through grants and scholarships to worthy causes and donor services The Mississippi Gulf Coast Community Foundation, headquartered in Gulfport, is a public education foundation that increases philanthropy by making grants to worthy causes, providing donor services, and promoting and providing leadership in response to the community’s changing needs. The foundation develops and manages a comprehensive base

of donated funds, currently totaling over $20 million. Since its founding more than 25 years ago, the foundation has made grants totaling more than $65 million in support of programs in the areas of education, the arts, social welfare, health, historic preservation, neighborhood enrichment, and disaster recovery.

OUR FIRM IS PLEASED TO SUPPORT MULTIPLE WORTHY CAUSES THROUGH THE MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST COMMUNITY FOUNDATION.


B L ACK B E LT COMMU N I TY F OU NDAT ION Supporting the Black Belt region through strategic partnerships The Black Belt Community Foundation (BBCF) works to provide a stream of giving that creates positive change and progress across the 12-county region of Alabama known as the Black Belt. The organization, headquartered in Selma, Alabama, seeks to partner with existing organizations making an impact in their community, and support and bolster their work. Since 2004, BBCF has granted in excess of $3 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the Black Belt region to bolster programs primarily in the arts, community and economic development, education, and health and wellness.

OUR FIRM WAS PLEASED TO SPONSOR THE BLACK BELT COMMUNITY FOUNDATION’S 2016 BLACK BELT LEGACY DINNER IN BIRMINGHAM. THE ANNUAL DINNER HONORS LEADERS THROUGHOUT ALABAMA WHO HAVE DISTINGUISHED THEMSELVES BY PROVIDING SUPPORT OF BUILDING A BETTER AND STRONGER BLACK BELT REGION. 26


MONTGOMERY AREA NONTRADITIONAL EQUESTRIANS Supporting children and adults with emotional, cognitive, and physical disabilities Montgomery Area Nontraditional Equestrians (MANE) improves the lives of children and adults with emotional, cognitive, and physical disabilities through therapeutic horseback riding. MANE provides therapeutic riding, physical therapy, and sensory experiences on its 44acre property, featuring a state-ofthe art sensory integration trail.

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BALCH WAS EXCITED TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPONSOR THE 2016 COURSE FOR HOPE TOURNAMENT.


ALABAMA CASA NETWORK Supporting abused, neglected, or abandoned children across Alabama The Alabama CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Network promotes child abuse awareness throughout the state of Alabama and attempts to ensure that every abused, neglected, or abandoned child in Alabama will have a safe home. When a child enters the

foster care system, a CASA is often appointed to represent and advocate for the child’s best interests. CASAs are highly-trained volunteers who are committed to serving young children. The network has local programs across Alabama, including the Birmingham area.

OUR FIRM WAS PROUD TO SERVE AS AN ADVOCATE SPONSOR FOR THE ALABAMA CASA NETWORK’S ANNUAL EMMA’S CIRCLE LUNCHEON. EMMA’S CIRCLE IS A NETWORK OF INDIVIDUALS AND CORPORATIONS COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING THE ALABAMA CASA ORGANIZATION AND LOCAL CHILDREN IN NEED.


MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION Supporting children with life-threatening medical conditions Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. In the U.S. and its territories, on average, a wish is granted every 35 minutes.

DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON, BALCH ANNUALLY DONATES TO THE MAKE-AWISH FOUNDATION IN HONOR OF OUR CLIENTS AND FRIENDS. IN 2016, THE FIRM GRANTED A WISH FOR PARKER TO VISIT WALT DISNEY WORLDâ„¢ WITH HIS FAMILY.

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CLOVERDALE PL AYHOUSE

Supporting the River Region through meaningful theatrical productions Cloverdale Playhouse is a community-based, volunteer-driven community theater. The theater presents entertaining, challenging, and innovative theatrical productions, a monthly music series, and educational programs to enhance the cultural life of Montgomery and the surrounding River Region.

BALCH IS A SPONSOR OF CLOVERDALE PLAYHOUSE’S PRODUCTION OF MY

THREE ANGELS, A HOLIDAY SHOW THAT IS PART OF CLOVERDALE PLAYHOUSE’S ONGOING TRADITION OF HONORING THE HISTORY OF COMMUNITY THEATER IN MONTGOMERY.

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THE GAIL KEENAN ART CENTER

Supporting students through arts education The Gail Keenan Art Center was constructed to accompany and enhance arts education and its connection to the development of the whole child. Featuring local and regional artists, the gallery provides a visual space for the students to nurture and express their artistic talents and experience themselves as creative contributors

to our world. Featured artists are not required to pay a commission, but are asked to participate in a classroom demo or share some aspect of their work with students at Coast Episcopal School. The gallery is located in the Gulfport area.

WE HAD THE MEANINGFUL OPPORTUNITY TO SPONSOR THE “I’M WALKIN’ FOR MY FREEDOM: THE SELMA MARCH AND VOTING RIGHTS” PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT AT THE GAIL KEENAN ART GALLERY EARLIER THIS YEAR. THE PHOTOGRAPHY WAS CAPTURED BY MATT HERRON, A NOTED CIVIL RIGHTS PHOTOGRAPHER. THE EXHIBIT, USED TO EDUCATE THE STUDENTS ON CIVIL RIGHTS, CONSISTED OF 30 BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS DOCUMENTING THE MARCH AND THE STRUGGLE FOR THE RIGHT TO VOTE.


LAKESHORE FOUNDATION Supporting individuals in Birmingham with disabilities and chronic health conditions The Lakeshore Foundation, located in Birmingham, focuses on improving the lives of those with disabilities and chronic health conditions through an active lifestyle. More than 50 Paralympic athletes have trained at the foundation. In addition to its athletics, recreation, and fitness programs, the Lakeshore Foundation also developed a Lima Foxtrot program, designed specifically for injured military members.

THIS YEAR, WE WERE THRILLED TO SUPPORT THE LAKESHORE FOUNDATION THROUGH SPONSORING THEIR NIGHT OF CHAMPION’S OLYMPIC-THEMED FUNDRAISING EVENT. THE PROCEEDS OF THE EVENT WILL PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ATHLETES WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES TO PURSUE THEIR DREAMS IN SPORT AND IN LIFE THROUGH THE LAKESHORE FOUNDATION.

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BIRMINGHAM CIVIL RIGHTS INSTITUTE Supporting the River Region through meaningful theatrical productions The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is a cultural and educational research center that encourages a better understanding and appreciation for the importance of civil rights in Birmingham. Since opening its doors in 1992, BCRI has been visited by more than 2 million people worldwide.

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WE SUPPORTED THE BIRMINGHAM CIVIL RIGHTS INSTITUTE THROUGH THE 2016 FRED L. SHUTTLESWORTH HUMANS RIGHTS AWARD CELEBRATION, THEIR MAJOR ANNUAL FUNDRAISER. THE AWARD RECOGNIZES AN INDIVIDUAL WHOSE WORK EXEMPLIFIES THE PRINCIPLES OF REV. SHUTTLESWORTH AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT.


KIDS’ CHANCE OF GEORGIA Supporting education for the children of injured workers Kids’ Chance of Georgia was founded by a Georgia attorney who witnessed the lifechanging impact that workplace injuries have on the families of severely injured workers. After these incidents, the families often encounter unexpected financial hurdles, and many of the

workers’ children are faced with the strain of funding their own education. Kids’ Chance awards need-based scholarships to the children of seriously, catastrophically, or fatally injured workers, enabling the students to pursue their educational goals.

EACH YEAR, OUR ATLANTA OFFICE HOSTS THE BIRD SUPPER FUNDRAISER WHICH RAISES MORE THAN $20,000 ANNUALLY FOR KIDS’ CHANCE PROGRAMS.


HABITAT FOR HUMANIT Y Supporting families in need of affordable housing Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in nearly 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in approximately 70 countries around the world. Families in need of affordable housing help build their own homes alongside volunteers from the community. Additionally, Habitat’s Disaster Response works with local communities to address housing needs after natural disasters.

A TEAM OF 22 ATTORNEYS AND STAFF FROM OUR BIRMINGHAM OFFICE SPENT THE DAY ASSEMBLING CABINETS, INSTALLING TILE, AND PAINTING BOTH THE INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR OF A HOME FOR A LOCAL BIRMINGHAM FAMILY AS PART OF HABITAT FOR HUMANITY’S CORPORATE CHALLENGE.

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JUNIOR LEAGUE OF JACKSON Supporting the need for better health, education, welfare, and safety for Jackson children As one of the larger leagues in the Association of Junior Leagues International, the Junior League of Jackson has more than 2,300 provisional, active, and sustaining members. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life in their community by supporting appropriate services and opportunities to provide better health, education, welfare, and safety for all children in the community. The league partnered with dozens of organizations this past year, largely focusing on three areas: early literacy, children’s health, and social development.

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OUR FIRM ANNUALLY SERVES AS A CORPORATE SPONSOR FOR THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF JACKSON’S MISTLETOE MARKETPLACE.


THE CHILDREN’S CENTER FOR COMMUNICATION & DEVELOPMENT Supporting infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with significant disabilities The Children’s Center for Communication & Development at the University of Southern Mississippi offers early intervention services for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with significant disabilities. A clinical division of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences,

The Children’s Center customizes comprehensive educational and therapy plans to support more than 90 children in achieving their maximum potential. The Children’s Center is located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

BALCH WAS PLEASED TO SPONSOR THE CHILDREN’S CENTER CLASSIC, AN ANNUAL RACE IN HATTIESBURG, MISSISSIPPI, BENEFITTING THE CHILDREN’S CENTER FOR COMMUNICATION & DEVELOPMENT. PARTICIPANTS CAN RACE IN A 10K, 5K, OR 1-MILE FUN RUN.


HANDS ON ATL ANTA Supporting nonprofits and schools across Atlanta Hands On Atlanta helps individuals and groups strengthen Atlanta through service at more than 400 nonprofit organizations and schools in the area. Hands On Atlanta offers an annual service event, ServiceJuris, designed for those that work in or support the legal services industry. The non-legal service project is planned and hosted by representatives of Atlanta law firms and legal service companies.

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THIS YEAR, OUR ATLANTA ATTORNEYS AND STAFF PARTICIPATED IN SERVICEJURIS BY HELPING TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS TO A LOCAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.


UNITED WAY Supporting communities around the world through lasting change Focusing on education, income, and health, United Way creates community-based and communityled solutions. The organization is engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories worldwide. Impacting up to 50 million lives every year, United Way offers

a wide variety of featured programs, including a free tax preparation service for those earning less than $60,000 per year, a confidential health and human services hotline, an aging initiative, a center focused on ending human trafficking and slavery, and more.

WE ARE PROUD TO SUPPORT UNITED WAY ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS OUR FOOTPRINT.


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Community Giving Report 2016