The Butler Family Fund supports organizations that are committed to systems change, advocacy, and policy reform. The Fund places a high value on creativity and risk-taking.
Geographic guidelines give preference to organizations located in the same state or city with current board members.
The Fund supports systems change and advocacy to:
- Increase public and private resources for affordable housing.
- Create job opportunities and career pathways for people experiencing homelessness.
- End the cycle of homelessness for youth, including those aging out of foster care.
The Fund occasionally supports exemplary, comprehensive direct service programs that support people experiencing homelessness to regain and maintain 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.
Criminal Justice Reform
The Fund supports advocacy and organizing within the following limits:
- Abolition of the Death Penalty. The Fund supports litigation and advocacy organizations that align with the best strategic efforts to end the U.S. death penalty. The Fund does not support legal representation of individual death row clients, except in test case litigation.
- Juvenile Justice Reform. The Fund focuses on ending the sentence of juvenile life without parole, and considers efforts to promote alternatives to juvenile incarceration.
- Criminal Justice Reform. Within its strategic priorities, the Fund supports limited work in broader issues of criminal justice.
The Board also invites grants for work at the intersection of homelessness and criminal justice.
Where appropriate opportunities are identified, the Board may make occasional discretionary grants in the area of global warming.
The Butler Family Fund does NOT accept unsolicited proposals.