The Butler Giving Circle
The Butler Giving Circle is a community of alumni donors dedicated to supporting two mission-critical elements of Butler University’s vision for the future–student access and success and community partnerships.
Through an annual gift of $500 to the Giving Circle Fund, any Butler graduate can become a shareholder and voting member in the Butler Giving Circle. These funds are pooled and directed as such:
Since its inception in 2019, the Butler Giving Circle has raised nearly $50,000 in support of the community grant program, the Giving Circle’s partnership with Project 44, and the Butler Fund for Student Scholarship. Current Butler students, faculty, and staff engaged with Indianapolis community partnerships may submit project ideas that aim to make a meaningful impact in the organization and in the community. After an initial review of project proposals by Butler University Advancement and the Butler Giving Circle Executive Committee, Butler Giving Circle shareholders have the opportunity to recommend final recipients by vote at the Butler Giving Circle annual meeting. Shareholders must make their $500 contribution to Butler University by May 31 each year to be eligible to vote for the community grant recipients at the annual meeting.
Past Butler Giving Circle Community Grant Recipients
- 2021–Butler University College of Education with Partnership for Inquiry Learning: Mentoring Toward Social Justice in Our Schools and Communities
- 2020–Desmond Tutu Peace Lab at Butler University with the Martin Luther King Community Center. Learn more about the Butler Giving Circle's inaugural grant.
Shareholders can look forward to opportunities to engage with students, alumni, Butler leaders, and community partners throughout the year, and are provided with regular updates on student-driven projects funded by the Giving Circle community grant.
For more information, please review the Butler Giving Circle FAQ. If you have additional questions or want to learn more about how to join the Butler Giving Circle, contact Chelsea (Smock) Hennessy '12, Associate Director of Butler Community Engagement, at 317-940-3057 or firstname.lastname@example.org.