“S.H.M.I.L.Y. Gifts From Above” is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that the Chandler sisters, Brooklynn Chandler Willy, President of Texas Financial Advisory and Managing Partners, Spring Chandler Taylor and Drew Chandler Hennig, created in 2014. The foundation’s mission is to provide financial assistance as well as emotional support to college students who lose a parent while seeking a higher education. All proceeds from fundraising events and private donations go directly to “S.H.M.I.L.Y. Gifts From Above“.
They know that the success they have experienced with their business needs to be paid forward. With this in mind, the Chandler girls founded “S.H.M.I.L.Y. Gifts from Above”. The girls learned the acronym S.H.M.I.L.Y. which stands for “See How Much I Love You” from their hometown pastor, Ray Still, of Oakwood Baptist Church in New Braunfels, Texas.
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for a special message from Pastor Ray
Pastor Ray gave a sermon while the girls were in high school on relationships and how it is the little things in life that you do for one another that provides love, guidance and support. These acts of kindness can be summarized simply as an act to see how much I love you or S.H.M.I.L.Y.
As you probably recall from our company video on the home page our website – www.TexasFinancialAdvisory.com –”, the girls lost their father unexpectedly to a heart attack while they were students at Baylor University. They had followed in their dad’s footsteps and attended Baylor University, his Alma Mater. Tragically, their father passed away not owning any life insurance which was disappointing considering that his career was as a life insurance salesman. Because of this heartbreaking event in their lives, the three sisters were strapped with their own school loans and therefore giving them the desire to help students who are faced with this tragedy.
The “S.H.M.I.L.Y. Gifts From Above” mission is to provide financial assistance as well as emotional support to college students who lose a parent while seeking a higher education. We eventually would like to expand our cause to include students in high school that have a desire to attend college who lose a parent while in high school. Texas Financial Advisory gives a portion of their profits to “S.H.M.I.L.Y. Gifts from Above”. From a business standpoint, we find that clients find value in our organization because of our financial commitment to sacrifice a portion of our profits to a nonprofit organization. Indirectly that allows the client the ability to provide a positive impact on another individual that they would not have the opportunity to do with other financial advisory firms.
We want to thank you in advance for your generous donation to assist with the education of college students who are hit with the hardship of losing a parent during their college years. Your act of kindness will definitely be an encouragement to these students to overcome this obstacle and to continue to move forward to reach their goals and dreams.
Your contributions to the S.H.M.I.L.Y. Scholarship Fund may be made in a one-time annual contribution or a monthly contribution.
Are you interested in getting involved and giving back to your community? We need volunteers to help make this foundation and cause a success. We are looking for volunteers to join our Scholarship Fund Committee to assist in promoting our scholarship program and/or with fundraising events. If you would be interested in volunteering or have any questions, please complete and submit the form.
Luke 12:48 says “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”