Our firm takes pride in pursing cases for individuals where there has been a great injustice. There are some cases, however, when we represent a client at no charge. Those cases are bigger than just one individual. They involve legal issues affecting many people. We do this with the hope of making our world a better and safer place for everyone.
Additionally, Knapp & Roberts have made financial contributions to the below non-profit organizations, as well as others. It’s part of our mission of giving back to the community.
Over the past 25 years, Knapp & Roberts law firm has aligned their name and provided contributions to organizations and causes that align with their values. By reading the list below, you will see a list of organizations that represent these values, ranging from those serving their local community, including St. Vincent de Paul (helping provide food and medical care to those in need) and the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix (providing information, resources, and support to families affected by autism), as well as charities that affect people across the U.S., including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Special Olympics.
In an effort to build upon the causes nearest to their heart, Knapp & Roberts created the Knapp & Roberts Foundation, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to helping and enhancing the lives of those who need it most – both close to home and nation wide.
Although Knapp & Roberts Law Firm supports a wide range of causes, there is one that remains very important to founders Craig Knapp and Dana Roberts – and that’s their commitment to helping those with special needs and their families. As a result, Knapp & Roberts Foundation created two scholarships awarding students who share their passion and saw the importance of serving the special needs community.
One scholarship was for a student who is pursuing a degree in special education. The other focused on the siblings of those with special needs, in an effort to lessen the financial burden college places on families with a special needs child. The results were overwhelming with almost 500 applications from all over the country! In fact, the applicants of the sibling scholarship were so good that they couldn’t pick just one winner and ended up awarding two scholarships.
Scholarships for 2016 have been awarded. Click here to read the story of Summer Lengyel, who was awarded the special education scholarship. Click here to read Joey Wikol’s story, the winner of the sibling with special needs scholarship. And lastly, click here to read the second winner of the sibling with special needs scholarship, Brianna TenBrink. Knapp & Roberts is now accepting applications for 2017.
Families with special needs children know the financial hardship that comes with it. Between uncovered medical expenses, loss of employment income, and a litany of other necessities your special needs child requires, it leaves little leftover for anything or anyone else. This makes being the sibling of a special needs child especially challenging. Parents don’t always have the time they wish they could spend with their child or the financial ability to pay for extracurricular activities or even college.
That’s why Knapp & Roberts is offering a $2,500 scholarship for college-bound kids who have a sibling with special needs. To apply, please write an essay, double spaced and no longer than two pages sharing your family’s story, where you’re going to college, what career you plan on pursuing, and how your special sibling has influenced your life.
-Be graduating high school in 2017 or actively enrolled in an accredited technical school, college or university in the U.S.
-Have a sibling with debilitating autism that the applicant lives with and has a close relationship with
-Submit an essay, double spaced and no longer than two pages sharing your family’s story, where you’re going to college, what career you plan on pursuing, and how your special sibling has influenced your life. Essays longer than two pages double spaced will not be considered.
–Have a minimum 3.5 GPA from high school or a 3.0 GPA at an accredited technical school, college, or university
–Be pursuing an undergraduate degree. No scholarship for post graduate work.
-Essay adhering to requirements
-First and last name, email address and phone number listed at the beginning of the essay
-A copy of your final transcript that includes the last semester.
-Diagnostic proof and a picture of sibling. All information is strictly confidential and will not be used for any other purpose. As parents of an autistic child, we understand the need for confidentiality and privacy. We are requesting proof of diagnosis to ensure that this scholarship truly goes to an autistic sibling. We are requesting a picture of the sibling because that is the first thing we open so that when we read the essay we can attach a face with the name and the story.
All required documents must be submitted as an attachment in one email and sent to email@example.com by July 15, 2017. Attachments must be clearly labeled as either photo, diagnosis, transcript, or essay. ** Attachments that come in separate emails will not be considered—all 4 must be in the same email. We will NOT accept links to documents on Dropbox, Google Docs, etc… To efficiently process applications, we appreciate you following these instructions for submission. Applications submitted without the above criteria will not be considered.
Below is a list of charitable organizations that Knapp & Roberts make financial contributions toward.
American Diabetes Association: American Diabetes Association leads the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fights for those affected. They fund research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes, deliver services to hundreds of communities, provide objective and credible information, give voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes, and more.
André House of Hospitality: André House provides a wide range of services to those in need. Their services focus on meeting the immediate, basic needs of those who come through the door each day including a soup line, hospitality services, transitional houses, prayer, and receiving services.
Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education: The State Bar of Arizona created the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education as a separate 501(c) 3 organization in 1978, charging it with the mission of promoting access to justice for all Arizonans. Through donations, AFLSE is able to help many families and individuals not only overcome their crisis needs, but also work toward a brighter future for our state with education programs that assure our leaders of tomorrow will understand their rights and responsibilities as citizens of this state.
Autism Society of Greater Phoenix: The Autism Society of Greater Phoenix provides information, resources, and support to families affected by autism and helps families who have just received the autism diagnosis by providing information on effective treatments.
Best Buddies: The world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). For individuals within this community, Best Buddies helps them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communications skills, and feel valued by society.
Cardinals Charities: Founded in 1990, Cardinals Charities supports programs designed to improve the quality of life and enhance opportunities for children, women, and minorities in the state of Arizona. Since its inception, they have distributed more than 6.9 million dollars to hundreds of worthy charitable organizations on behalf of the Arizona Cardinals and the National Football League.
Catholic Charities: For more than 80 years in Arizona, Catholic Charities has been serving their community by reaching out to thousands of people, regardless of their race, ethnicity, economic status, or religious affiliation to: shelter the homeless and abused, protect and nurture children, strengthen and reunify families, welcome and assist refugees, aid those in crisis, and help the impoverished.
CureSearch for Children’s Cancer: CureSearch for Children’s Cancer is a national non-profit foundation that accelerates the search for cures for children’s cancer by driving innovation, transcending research barriers and solving the field’s most challenging problems. Their mission is to end childhood cancer by driving targeted and innovative research with measurable results in an accelerated time frame.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment, and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care.
Delta Gamma Foundation: The Delta Gamma Foundation fosters lifetime enrichment for members, promotes Service for Sight and partners with the Fraternity to ensure the future of their sisterhood. Through Service for Sight, Joining Forces, the Golden Anchor Program and community activities, the Foundation supports the philanthropic goals of members and chapters. Service for Sight supports the four schools founded by Delta Gammas for the visually impaired and other North American organizations that promote sight preservation and provide assistance to children and adults who are blind or visually impaired.
Food for the Poor: Founded in 1982, Food For The Poor’s interdenominational Christian ministry serves the poorest of the poor in 17 countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. Their programs provide housing, healthcare, education, fresh water, emergency relief and micro-enterprise assistance in addition to feeding hundreds of thousands of people each day.
Generation Rescue: Generation Rescue is the leading national organization that provides hope, information and immediate treatment assistance to families affected by autism spectrum disorders.
Girls on the Run: Girls on the Run is a non-profit positive youth development program serving Maricopa & Pinal Counties. Their mission is to inspire girls in 3rd – 8th grade to be joyful, healthy and confident. Using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running, the innovative program combines training for a 5k running event with interactive lessons that encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development.
Habitat for Humanity: Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. They bring people together to build homes, communities and hope for people in need, regardless of race or religion.
HopeKids: HopeKids provides ongoing events, activities and a powerful, unique support community for families who have a child with cancer or some other life-threatening medical condition. They surround these remarkable children and their families with the message that hope can be a powerful medicine.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: Since 1949, LLS has been dedicated to curing leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary (nonprofit) health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services.
Neurofibromatosis Arizona: On a mission to find treatments and a cure for neurofibromatosis by promoting scientific research, improving clinical care, providing outreach through education and awareness, while offering hope and support to those affected by NF.
Next Generation Founding Fellows: Craig Knapp and Dana Roberts are proud Next Generation Founding Fellows, which allows attorneys and non-attorneys to join together to support the ongoing mission of promoting access to justice and assist in forging new initiatives that offer greater opportunity for the public to obtain legal resources and information they need while saving legal aid grantees time and money.
Pat’s Run: A 4.2 mile Run/Walk to honor Pat Tillman winds through the streets of Tempe to Sun Devil Stadium, ending at the 42-yard line of Frank Kush Field, symbolic of the #42 jersey Pat wore as an ASU Sun Devil. The event raises scholarship funds for Tillman Scholars who, in Pat’s name, strive to make a significant impact for our country and communities.
Salvation Army: Their Arizona Valley of the Sun programs continue to provide services to the homeless, working poor, children, youth, addicted, elderly, and abused. The Salvation Army offers programs and services to: Rescue families from homelessness, offer a safe haven from domestic abuse, freedom from alcohol, drug and gambling addictions, nourishment to the hungry and those in need, shelter and support to the homeless and broken, care, shelter and meaning for seniors, developmentally disabled adults and struggling families.
Special Olympics: Their mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: St. Jude is unlike any other pediatric treatment and research facility. Discoveries made here have completely changed how the world treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. With research and patient care under one roof, St. Jude is where some of today’s most gifted researchers are able to do science more quickly.
St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness (SLOCA): St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness is committed to impacting ovarian cancer survivorship by promoting awareness of early warning signs and standards of care, funding ovarian cancer research, and supporting survivors.
St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance: St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance alleviates hunger by gathering and distributing food in Phoenix, Flagstaff and other Arizona locations. Donations go toward feeding the more than 857,000 Arizonans living in poverty.
St. Vincent de Paul: SVdP has been serving the community throughout central and northern Arizona since 1946. Programs include: services for the homeless, medical and dental care for the working poor, charity dining rooms that serve thousands each day, food boxes for hungry families, thrift stores throughout the region, a bridge housing shelter, and general assistance for individuals in need.
Sun Angel Foundation: For more than 50 years, the Sun Angel Foundation has been providing much needed resources to Arizona State University and its student-athletes. Since 1947, Sun Angels have contributed over $70 million in private funding to ASU Athletics. Annual contributions from Sun Angel members are the lifeblood of ASU Athletics. Contributions from more than 7,000 members support all of the university’s 22 teams and over 500 student-athletes.
Susan G. Komen®: A foundation whose mission is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering others, ensuring quality care for all and investing in science to find the cures. Susan G. Komen is the only organization that addresses breast cancer on multiple fronts such as research, community health, global outreach and public policy initiatives in order to make the biggest impact against this disease.
Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development: Tumbleweed provides a safe space for collaborating with youth and young adults in our community who are vulnerable or experiencing homelessness. These safe spaces will allow access to caring relationships, resources, and programs that offer opportunities for young people to develop their individual potential.
PETA: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 3 million members and supporters. PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry.
Zoowalk for Autism Research: The Zoowalk for Autism Research is an annual walk held to raise funds for the Autism/Asperger’s Research program at ASU. Each year focuses on different studies focused on treatment and prevention of autism.
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