GUIDELINES
GUIDELINES
ISSUE AREAS

In the area of homelessness, the Fund is interested in advocacy, direct service programs, and other programs that aim to prevent homelessness. In the area of advocacy, the Fund supports efforts to raise awareness in the community and among public policy makers about homelessness and the need for more publicly supported low-income housing. In the area of direct service, the Fund seeks comprehensive programs that address the development of skills and capacities that improve the ability of homeless people to maintain or regain independence and self-sufficiency. The Fund does not give money for “bricks and mortar,” and does not support freestanding shelters, food programs, or substance abuse or treatment programs.

In the area of criminal justice reform, the Fund is interested in advocacy and organizing programs that focus specifically on reforms in two areas: juvenile justice and the death penalty, within the following limits:

  1. 1. Death Penalty Reform. We will consider funding advocacy efforts aimed at improving the overall legal representation of death row prisoners, and at improving the fairness of the legal system regarding capital offenses and death row inmates. The Fund is particularly interested in supporting advocacy and public education efforts around suspending and repealing the death penalty. The Fund will NOT support legal representation of individual death row clients, except in test case litigation.

  2. 2. Juvenile Justice Reform. We will consider organizations working to lower the rates of juvenile detention and incarceration and that advocate for constructive alternatives to juvenile detention. The Fund will also support organizations that focus on youth accountability and restorative justice, that work to oppose the trend toward trying youth as adults, and that operate programs that support youth activism and organizing around these issues. The Fund will support organizations working to end the juvenile death penalty as well.

In the area of global warming, the Fund will seek out organizations that promote efforts to reduce the manufacture and consumption of products that increase global warming; that work to improve the energy efficiency of automobiles, household appliances, and power plants; that seek to expand the use of renewable forms of energy; that engage in advocacy and public education efforts around these issues; and that raise public awareness of global warming through activism.

The Butler Family Fund does NOT accept unsolicited proposals.

GIVEN THAT WE ARE A SMALL FOUNDATION WITH A LEAN STAFFING, WE DO NOT ACCEPT UNSOLICITED PROPOSALS.