North America

Butler staff participating in the 2007 United Way Day of Caring.

The Butler Manufacturing Company Foundation

In North America, the Company supports our communities through the auspices of the Butler Manufacturing Company Foundation (“the Foundation").  The Foundation was established in 1952 as a non-profit organisation to support charitable and cultural activities, and is administered by a Committee of Trustees.

Employees join forces with the Foundation to live the theme in Our Bond “Our communities are our homes” by supporting three major areas: Caring for our Communities; Supporting the Educational Needs and Dreams of our Youth, and Inspiring Creativity and Appreciation for the Arts.

The Butler Foundation has had a long history of supporting the arts, including contributing to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Community Support – The United Way

In 2006/07, employees gave generously within their communities, donating nearly US$374,000 through the United Way Workplace Giving Campaign.  The Foundation supported each local United Way Campaign by donating an additional US$115,000. 

Employees also participate in the United Way's Annual Day of Caring which allows them to contribute to local non-profit agencies and disabled or low-income clients.

This year Butler employees partnered with The Don Bosco Senior Centre to do some heavy ground keeping work for residents served by the Centre. These elderly residents are mostly homebound and physically unable to do the work required to maintain a yard. Dedicated Butler employees and family members volunteered their time to mow grass, clear brush and other yard waste, and haul tree limbs from the residents’ yards. 

Educational Support – Butler Scholarship Program

Children of continuous full time employees of the Company are eligible to apply for educational support through the Butler Scholarship Program. Since 1954, the Foundation has helped over 300 children of employees to achieve their educational dream of graduating with a four-year degree. In 2006/07 the Foundation awarded eight new scholarships.

The Foundation also supports educational institutions in our plant communities through grants to local colleges and universities.  In 2007, the Foundation committed to supporting the building of a new Community College in Laurinburg, North Carolina, which will provide educational opportunities for employees and residents of the community. 

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Christian Locklear (left centre), Butler Foundation Scholarship award winner in Laurinburg, North Carolina, with (front) grandparents – McKinley and Hazel Jones, (back) parents – Orlando and Jennifer Locklear, and sister Annissa Locklear.

All in the family

Christian Locklear is a second-generation Butler Foundation Scholarship winner. In 1986, Christian’s mother, Jennifer, received a Butler Foundation Scholarship, which she used to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing.

“I feel like Butler is part of the family. My father worked there and my husband works there,” said Jennifer. “The Butler Foundation Scholarship has provided opportunities to me and my family that may have otherwise not been available.”

Christian plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and major in Elementary Education with a focus on administration. His long-term goal is to complete a Master’s degree in administration and become a principal or superintendent of a school district in his community.

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Cultural Support – Community Arts Organisations

The Foundation supports a range of arts organisations that have a cultural impact on our local communities where employees reside. In Kansas City, Missouri the Foundation has a long history of providing sustainable support to the arts, including contributing to the recent addition of the Bloch Building gallery at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. 

The Foundation has also supported The Creative Centre, a community arts program for disabled adults in Visalia, California and the River City Dance Theatre, a performing arts company for local youth in San Marcos, Texas.

As well as providing funding to major arts institutions the Foundation offers employees a dollar for dollar matching gift program for qualifying educational and cultural organisations.

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Roger Peck, Butler's blood drive chairperson, accepted the award from Dr Jay Menitove, Executive and Medical Director.

Roger Peck, Butler's blood drive chairperson, accepted the award from Dr Jay Menitove, Executive and Medical Director.

Butler’s Blood Drive a Winner

Butler Manufacturing received the 2006 Large Business award from the Community Blood Centre of Greater Kansas City. The award recognised the company for its 56 per cent increase in blood donations for the year. 

Roger Peck, Butler’s blood drive chairperson, accepted the award at the annual Celebration of Giving luncheon at the Westin Crown Centre Hotel in Kansas City.

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