The Butters Foundation has survived economic and social change to continue helping people with intellectual disabilities and their families to live fulfilling and happy lives. Our results are self-evident. Many disabled people are not just surviving; they are thriving- living in our communities and going to school with our kids.
The Butters Model
1) A Bedrock Foundation For An Emerging Public Rehabilitation System
Established together in the 1970s, the Butters Foundation has built a long-term alliance with the public agency that provides public social services and rehabilitation to people with disabilities living in Montérégie-Est. The alliance has enabled the incorporation of new knowledge into Government social services..
2) An Innovative Public/Private Partnership
The Foundation raises funds to pilot new service initiatives and to acquire the real estate needed. The property is owned by its sister organization, Butters Homes Inc and financially operated by the government through its agency, the CRDITED de la Montérégie-Est. The Foundation’s support allows the government to focus on the delivery of services by reducing its administration.
3) Creating Rehabilitation Knowledge For Quebec And Beyond
Once tested and confirmed, new practices such as home-based parent care and intensive therapy for people with severe behavioural disorders have been adopted throughout the public rehabilitation system. Our innovation changes the government’s services, systems, and policies for the care of children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
4) Fundraising Diligence And Results
The Foundation has successfully run four campaigns, raising funds for one-off projects that innovate public services. The Foundation does not fundraise for operational programming. Donations are not required to continue giving to keep programming going.
5) Savings To The Public
Over the years, the Butters Foundation has liberated millions of public dollars.
- Moving one client from an institution to a group home halved the Government’s cost in the 80s and 90s, from $50,000 per year to $25,000 per year.
6) Encouraging Health-Care Educational Excellence
The Foundation provides scholarships and bursaries to promote careers in the helping or rehab professions from secondary school to university level.