WHAT: Collaborating with funding partners is essential.
HOW: We invest in collaborations that fund and promote solutions.
- Closing Youth Prisons. Butler was a seed funder for Youth First, a national campaign to end juvenile incarceration. In partnership with three other foundations, we helped launch a larger, pooled fund. Donors who are geographically limited, and/or cannot conduct due diligence, and/or want to align funding, can now support this grassroots work.
- Youth Homelessness. Butler was a seed funder for A Way Home America, a national coalition of the public sector, providers, advocates, researchers, young people, and philanthropy to promote policies and practices to end youth homelessness. Its Grand Challenge will support 10 communities to end homelessness for youth of color and LGBQT youth, setting a path to end homelessness for all youth. Butler also supported the Rapid Results Institute to help communities sustain and advance gains achieved from the 100 Day Challenges to End Youth Homelessness launched by Rapid Results, A Way Home America and other partners. By summer 2019, over 2400 young people were housed through the challenges.
- 2020 Census Project. Butler participates in a pooled fund staffed by experts to help guarantee a fair and complete census. Census data are critical to our democracy. They determine representation in Congress and more than $600 billion annually in federal funds allotted to states, localities, and families; including homelessness funding, food stamps, Medicaid, and many other critical programs.