News from the Butler Family Foundation

Fall Grants Announced

The Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation is pleased to announce its grantees for fall 2016. In total, twenty-seven organizations were awarded $2 million in grants through our Special Projects and Community Grants Programs.

Congratulations to our grantees! We are proud to support their great work in the community.


Special Projects Grants provide major support for capital campaigns, program innovations, and systems change initiatives.

  • CLUES: Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio: $150,000 (and up to an additional $100,000 as a matching grant) for the Saint Paul headquarters expansion.
  • Nonprofits Assistance Fund: $150,000 for a program to strengthen the financial health and capacity of arts and culture organizations.


Community Grants provide two years of support for general operations or specific projects and programs.

Community-based Arts Programs

  • COMPAS: $65,000 for general operating support.
  • Highpoint Center for Printmaking: $60,000 for general operating support.
  • Loft Literary Center: $70,000 for general operating support.
  • Minnesota Center for Book Arts: $60,000 for general operating support.
  • Northern Clay Center: $60,000 for general operating support.
  • Textile Center of Minnesota: $60,000 for general operating support.

Creating Access to Museums for Nontraditional Audiences

  • Minnesota Museum of American Art: $60,000 for building capacity to create access to collections and programs for diverse audiences.
  • Science Museum of Minnesota: $80,000 for STEM education programming.
  • Walker Art Center: $60,000 for creating access to collections and programs for low-income and nontraditional audiences.

Music Education for Youth from Low-Income Households

  • MacPhail Center for Music: $60,000 for the School Partnerships Program.
  • Saint Paul Conservatory of Music: $50,000 for the Music for All Program.
  • The Schubert Club: $40,000 for the Project Cheer Education Program.
  • Walker West Music Academy: $60,000 for general operating support.

Environmental Education

  • Dodge Nature Center: $60,000 for general operating support.
  • Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center: $60,000 for general operating support.
  • Hamline University, Center for Global Environmental Education: $50,000 for the Rivers Institute.
  • Mississippi Park Connection: $60,000 for general operating support.

Land and Water Conservation

  • Friends of the Mississippi River: $100,000 for general operating support.
  • Great River Greening: $70,000 for general operating support.
  • Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy: $60,000 for general operating support.
  • Minnesota Land Trust: $75,000 for general operating support.
  • Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota: $70,000 for general operating support.
  • The Conservation Fund: $75,000 for general operating support.
  • The Nature Conservancy: $75,000 for the Minnesota Forest Conservation Program.
  • The Trust for Public Land: $60,000 for general operating support.


New Staffing Structure at the Foundation

Kerrie BlevinsKerrie Blevins, who many of you have worked with closely over the last twenty years, is transitioning into a new role. Kerrie will continue to serve the foundation as a consultant, but going forward she will focus on providing technical assistance directly to staff. Her role as the primary contact for our Special Projects Grants Program will shift to JoAnne Peters, Manager of Community Grants, and Robert Hybben, Director of Program Operations. JoAnne and Bob will serve as the foundation's contacts for all aspects of grant-making and operations.

We'd like to thank Kerrie for her efforts in helping to build the foundation into the institution it is today. She started at BFF in 1997 and served as Foundation Director until 2014. Most recently, she served as Senior Advisor for Program and Special Projects Advisor. She also continues as the Principal at Kerrie Blevins Consulting, providing advice and strategic planning services to private foundations and others.

Please join us in thanking Kerrie for her outstanding work over the years. We look forward to her continued advice and friendship in the years to come.