Support Our Program

How You Can Help

Please mail your donation to:

Midwest Special Needs Trust
PO Box 7629
Columbia, MO  65205

Please include your name and address so we can mail you a receipt for your tax records.

You can also help by shopping at the retailers listed below and designating MSNT as the recipient of a portion of your qualifying purchases.

Amazon SmileAmazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to Midwest Special Needs Charitable Trust. (When setting up a ‘smile’ account select “Charitable Trust Of The Missouri Family Trust Fund”)
Schnucks CommunitySchnucks will contribute up to 3% of purchases at their local stores to Midwest Special Needs Charitable Trust every time you shop and swipe your Schnucks community card.
Gerbes Create an account and Enroll for community rewards with organization number 23558.
CoMo GivesDonors can select one, two, or multiple organizations and make a donation with an easy credit card transaction at the secure www.comogives.com website December 1-31, 2017.

How We Help

According to the U.S. Census, 14.8% of Missourians live below the poverty line. Of the 672,180 Missourians ages 5-64 living in poverty, 28% have disabilities. Adults with disabilities are twice as likely to live in poverty and their needs for basic services and supports are great.

Midwest Special Needs Trust’s charitable program helps impoverished Missourians with disabilities pay for medical, dental and other essential items not covered by Medicaid or Medicare. MSNT works to bridge the gap between public benefits and other critical needs by supporting items that fall outside rent, food and utilities.

You may wonder how your contribution can make a meaningful difference in someone’s life. Here are just a few of the individuals MSNT was able to help this year:

  • Sarah is a 32 year old woman with cerebral palsy. She lives alone with limited help. Sarah is unable to lock/unlock her door; her physical disability renders her unable to insert and turn a key. For $106, we were able to provide an electronic deadbolt with a remote. Sarah now has enhanced independence and safety.
  • Joshua and Mark are two young brothers with autism living with their single mother. Each is an elopement risk and Joshua once exited the home only to be found 10 minutes later a ½ mile away. For $3,000, we were able to fund fence supplies; a local agency provided labor to build the fence. These inquisitive boys now play safely in their yard.
  • 19 attended Camp Barnabas and Wonderland Camp (special camps for the disabled) last year. They enjoyed the experience and family members enjoyed a welcome respite.

So far in 2016 the Charitable Trust has awarded more than $250,000 to disabled Missourians, addressing only one third of the amount of money requested. I urge you to make a tax-deductible donation today. The MSNT Board commits to you that 100% of your donation will go directly to support low income Missourians with special needs and make a positive difference in their lives.

MSNT’s grant award history is summarised in the chart below.  MSNT can only grow with your help!

Charitable Trust Award History

Year # of Grants Awarded Amount Awarded
FY 2018 Available for use $325,588
FY 2017 223 $176,825
FY 2016 340 $275,349
FY 2015 196 $139,109
FY 2014 163 $117,432
FY 2013 86 $58,693
FY 2012 124 $74,303
FY 2011 199 $114,181
FY 2010 160 $98,103
FY 2009 168 $92,696