Patrick & Aimee Butler Family Foundation

Location: 2356 University Ave. W., Ste. 420 St. Paul MN 55114

EIN: 41-6009902

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Phone: (651) 222-2565

Fax: (651) 222-2566




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Important Information

2017 Deadlines: April 1, 2017

Types of Grants Awarded: Project and Operating

Geographic Focus: Minnesota Statewide, East Metro, Twin Cities Metro


The Foundation seeks to foster safety, opportunity and growth for individuals and families by supporting effective nonprofits in the arts, environment and human services. Organizations applying for grants in the arts or human ser-vices must work in the urban cores of St. Paul or Minneapolis or in East Metropolitan suburbs. Organizations applying for grants in the environment may work anywhere in Minnesota.

The Foundation’s priority areas are as follows:
• Arts: Supports community-based organizations that make the arts accessible to every resident of the Twin Cities, with a particular focus on multidisciplinary and visual arts. The Foundation has a special interest in making musical instrumental instruction available for low-income youth and creating access to the collections and programs of visual arts, natural history and science museums for low-income or non-traditional audiences.
• Environment: Seeks to promote the responsible stewardship of land and water resources in Minnesota by funding programs in land protection, sustainable land use, and water quality protection and improvement. The Foundation also funds programs to educate Minnesota’s young people about these issues.
• Human Services: Supports efforts to assist the most vulnerable members of our community, especially wom-en and children.

Key Personnel

Manager of Community Grants: JoAnne Peters

Director of Program Operations: Robert Hybben

Financial Summary

For Fiscal Year 2015

Total Assets: $99,439,843

Total Grants: $5,001,635

Change in Assets FY 2015: -7%

Amount of Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits: 91%

Sample Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits in 2015

Largest Grant: $200,000

Smallest Grant: $2,400

Average Grant: $30,000

Top descriptors for this funder

4Positive leader in the field3"Gets" nonprofits and issues3Builds relationships2Insightful2Likes site visits2Responsive1Friendly1Gives more than money1Openminded1Risk taker1Reasonable character restrictions1Culturally sensitive

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Patrick & Aimee Butler Family Foundation

Nov 17, 2017

Reviewer 680 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

The program officers are very knowledgeable, and keep the trustees interest in mind at all times. Getting to know the interests of the trustees through the program officers.


Positive leader in the field, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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Sep 21, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

The community grants manager is approachable, kind, and glad to discuss potential grant projects. In site visits from the Butler Family Foundation, you can expect to be vetted thoroughly and answer excellent questions about your program/s.


Positive leader in the field, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues

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Jul 21, 2017

Reviewer 253 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Their online application is very user friendly. Also, their program officer are very approachable and willing to answer questions on the phone.


Positive leader in the field, Insightful, Likes site visits, Openminded

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Jun 15, 2017

Reviewer 886 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

The Butler Family Foundation is straight-forward, willing to talk through ideas, and the staff has always been pleasant to work with.


Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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Feb 01, 2017

Reviewer 827 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

The program officers are accessible, friendly, and helpful.


Reasonable character restrictions, Culturally sensitive

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