Giving Back

At Dollar, Burns & Becker, our work outside the courtroom is equally as important as our litigation work. Our attorneys are heavily involved in our local communities and legal industry. However, what matters most is the work we do on behalf of or alongside our clients. We are your voice for change.

Remembrance Funds and Foundations

We help our clients set-up remembrance funds and foundations to ensure what happened to their loved one doesn’t happen to others in the future.

Live Like Luke Foundation

In 2014, the Bresette family established the foundation to honor their son, Luke, who suffered fatal injuries in an accident at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. The foundation’s mission is to help kids and people live life to the fullest, just as Luke did every day. Through this foundation, the Bresette family will help families who have lost a child due to an accident. They will provide them with immediate emergency financial support for travel, lodging, meals, etc. Luke’s father, Ryan Bresette, described Luke as a child who believed in forgiveness – asking for forgiveness and truly forgiving others. The “Live Like Luke Foundation” hopes to make an impact on as many lives as possible through its various services. Click for more information or to donate.

The Noah Leake Scholarship Fund

Anthony and Michelle Leake home schooled their children utilizing the Christian Liberty School curriculum for many years. Their son, Noah, was scheduled to graduate from Christian Liberty at the time of his death. DB&B founded the Noah Leake Scholarship Fund through Christian Liberty Academy. It is the hope of Dollar, Burns & Becker and his parents, Tony and Michelle Leake, that this fund will assist families who also seek to honor the Lord through the Christian education of their children.

The Luke Hausmann Mission

Luke’s first mission was to Russia at the age of sixteen; by the time he was 23, he had been on missions to Cambodia and Thailand. At the time of his death, he was working on a home he refurbished to finance a mission trip to Afghanistan. Luke was determined to spread God’s word, to ease pain and suffering, to improve people’s lives, and to bring smiles to the faces of children wherever he traveled. The Luke Hausmann Mission fund was set up to honor Luke’s memory by continuing his goal of helping those being persecuted for religious reasons.

Precious Doe

In 2001, the dismembered body of a small child was discovered in Kansas City. The tragedy captured the nation, and soon she became known to all as “Precious Doe”. Tim Dollar served as Special Prosecutor in bringing to justice those responsible for her death. Although the trial of this case has concluded, the memory of Erica Green is still alive in our community and in our hearts. The Precious Doe Committee was formed to honor the memory of Erica Green by uniting public, private and community partners to ensure the safety, health and well-being of our children.

Maddi’s Mission

Maddi’s Missions was set up through the International Church of the Nazarene by the parents of Madison Peterman, Scott and Carrie Peterman. Madison had been on two missions out of the country with her parents and church group and was heavily involved in a ministry for children that included performances with puppets. Madison’s friends and family heard her say many times she wanted to keep going on missions as she grew up and wanted to teach other children about Jesus.

Bringing Back Matthew

Ed Slattery credits Akron Children’s Hospital and the outpatient therapy program through Kennedy Krieger for the progress made by his traumatically brain injured thirteen year old son, Matthew. Ed knows firsthand how much therapy is needed to help patients recover from traumatic brain injuries, and wants to ensure that everyone have the same access to therapy. He has made individual gifts to Akron Children’s and Kennedy Krieger and established a yearly amount to be held by Kennedy Krieger to be used specifically to provide therapy for those in need. Click here for more information or to donate.

Charities

Our support for local charities is more than financial. Our attorneys and staff are heavily involved in local fundraising efforts, including races, walks, and ongoing volunteer projects. A few of the organizations we’re involved and support are listed below:

Live Like Luke Foundation

Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation: the Peter & Matthew Slattery Fund

Scott Childress Memorial Fund

Boy Scouts of America: Heart of America Council

MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers)

Higher M-Pact

Christian Liberty Academy School System: The Noah Leake Scholarship Fund

Parents Against Tired Truckers (P.A.T.T.)

Brain Injury Association of Kansas & Greater Kansas City

Child Protection Center – Kansas City

Amy Thompson Run (Brain Injury Fund)

Second Harvest of Greater St. Joseph (MO)

Children’s Emergency Fund (Jackson County Family Court)

Bishop Sullivan Center

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

TeamFox for Parkinson’s Research: The Michael J. Fox Foundation

The Luke Hausmann Mission

Hope House, Inc.

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Inc.

American Diabetes Association

Truck Safety Coalition

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Stevenson University

Public Citizen Foundation

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

March of Dimes

Law Foundation of the University of Missouri – Kansas City

Teen Success Club

AdHoc Group Against Crime

Joplin Family YMCA

Urban Ranger Corps

Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (The CRASH Foundation)

Foundation for Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance (LEAP)

Margaret Okari Children’s Foundation

Operation Breakthrough, Inc.

New Solid Rock Missionary Baptist Church

Whitefield Academy

PastorServe, Inc.

Wounded Warrior Project

Seton Center

AmeriCares

Convoy of Hope

Wayside Waifs

ASPCA

The Living Desert – Palm Springs, CA

North Kansas City Centennial Run

American Cancer Society

Missouri Trial Lawyers Care

Legal Aid of Western Missouri

Lead the Way Fund, Inc.

Big Brother Big Sisters

Goodwill

St. Labre Indian School – Ashland, MT

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Trolley Run for the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired

Hospital Hill Run

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA)

Salvation Army

City Union Mission

Walk like MADD

Rolheiser Research Center – Oblate School of Theology

Midwest Special Needs Trust

Kansas City Crime Commission: SAFE

Rended Heart

Student Law Academy

Midwest Innocence Project

Mother’s Refuge 

Foundation for Lawyers Association of Kansas City

Heartland Alliance International

Overrun Ovarian Center

LEAP

Debate Kansas City

Musical Theater Heritage