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The Butler Family Fund


Last Updated: 2016-09-16

At A Glance

The Butler Family Fund

1730 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Ste. 275

Washington, DC United States 20006

Telephone: (202) 463-8288


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $12,030,717

Total giving: $719,515






Established in 1992 in DC - The original board consisted of seven members of one family. Initial program areas were homelessness and at-risk youth, with its first round of program grants in the spring of 1994. From the outset, it has been interested in supporting organizations that are committed to addressing problems through systematic change, advocacy, policy reform, and innovative direct service programs. The Fund places a high value on creativity and risk taking. In 2001, the Fund decided to move away from at-risk youth. It chose, instead to shift its second major grants area to the field of criminal justice reform

Purpose and Activities

Support for homeless families and criminal justice reform (death penalty and juvenile justice).

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Criminal Justice Reform

The fund is interested in advocacy and organizing programs that focus specifically on reforms in two areas: 1) In Juvenile Justice Reform the primary focus is around ending the sentence of Juvenile Life Without Parole; 2) Drug Policy Reform considers funding efforts that promote the decriminalization of simple drug possession and use, and that promote policies of treatment over incarceration. The fund is particularly interested in supporting efforts that raise public awareness and that educate the public on the need for reform of the nation's drug laws and policies and suspending and repealing the death penalty.

Global Warming

The fund makes one grant per year in the area of Global Warming at the discretion of the Board.


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.

Program-Related Investment

Historically, the foundation has made low-interest loans for low-income housing and community development. Loans have included support through an intermediary.

Fields of Interest

  • Capital punishment
  • Climate change
  • Homeless services
  • Housing development
  • Human services
  • Special population support
International Interests
  • England
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Population Groups
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Homeless people
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $12,030,717 (market value)

Gifts received: $440,869

Expenditures: $1,095,906

Total giving: $719,515

Qualifying distributions: $1,010,048