Building Better Futures

Philanthropy and supporting our communities are critical pieces of the W. L. Butler DNA. Doing what is right socially, economically and environmentally is not only part of our history and culture, but our responsibility as good corporate citizens. This commitment is about much more than simply writing a check. We're actively involved in charitable pursuits, allocating time, resources and construction expertise to create change for those who need it most.

It is our goal to support local charities that we feel have a positive impact on the youth, disabled, elderly and those in need of proper housing within the communities where we live and work. Frank York, President

Community Spotlight

Through a fundraising program funded entirely by our Team Members and business partners, we are able to make an impact on the lives of our future generations of construction industry professionals. Graduating students from Woodside High School and Sequoia High School are presented with funds to help offset the rising costs of tuition, books and supplies. Our annual goal is set at $6,000; with the intention to provide varying scholarships to recipients selected based on academic performance, community citizenship, application and essay content, interview skills and overall presentation.

We met our 2018-2019 goal and awarded $1,500 scholarships to:

  • Diego Andaluz, Sequoia High
  • Leonel Esquivel Chi, Sequoia High

Community Video 


CSR KIDS DAY: The Irvine office sponsored the 25th Annual Kid’s Day, July 12, 2019 at Marine Stadium in Long Beach. This event celebrates summer with water-related activities, entertainment and gifts for local youth and adults who have developmental disorders or conditions.

WE ‘HEART’ READING: W. L. Butler unveiled another successful AbbVie and Heart of America Foundation collaboration at Selby Lane Elementary in Redwood City on June 12, 2019. The library renovation features all-new bookshelves, furniture, paint and flooring for a very deserving local school.

CALLING ALL SUPERHEROES: The Irvine office hosted its Annual Charity Bowling Event with a fun Superheroes theme this year on May 10, 2019. All proceeds benefited our charitable partners for the event:  Leaps & Bounds and Thomas House Shelter.

DONATE LIFE: Our Irvine office laced up their sneakers to participate in the 17th Annual Donate Life Run / Walk at Cal State Fullerton on April 27, 2019; which supports OneLegacy Foundation’s mission to save and heal lives by inspiring and advancing donation and transplantation of organs and tissues.

PABLO’S PLACE: Another successful Good Tidings Foundation collaboration was unveiled April 26, 2019 at the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco. Pablo’s Place, located at the Columbia Park Clubhouse, provides a safe haven for youth of all ages who live in the Mission District. The new game room, sponsored by the Pablo Sandoval Foundation, offers space to learn and have fun.

SEQUOIA AWARDS: W. L. Butler is a proud supporter of the annual Sequoia Awards; which rewards high school students for their outstanding volunteer work within the community.

THE POWER OF A BOOK: Throughout the month of March, our Team Members gathered in each office for a group “shelfie” with their favorite books in support of Disney’s Magic of Storytelling initiative to put one million books in the hands of children in need across the country.

READ TO ME, STOCKTON: Our group of literary scholars set out to local schools in February to read a few books of their choice to K-3rd graders, which were then donated to the classrooms. The program was created 25 years ago to promote literacy and the love for reading. The Stockton office has participated in the Rotary Read-in since 2010.

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR GIVING: During the month of December, the Redwood City office partnered with the St. Francis Center and the City of Redwood City to host two separate toy drives for the holidays. Team Members provided unwrapped toys for families within the community.

ANNUAL HOLIDAY EXCHANGE: Through the generosity of Team Members in the Stockton office and the Stockton Fire Department, children at The Walton Special Center received a flood of gifts from Santa and his elves. This school provides programs for students with severe disabilities.

HAVING AN OPEN HEART: The Livermore Team volunteered their time at the Open Heart Kitchen; preparing nutritious meals to help feed the hungry people of the Tri-Valley area.

HELPING FAMILIES HELP THEMSELVES: Team Members in the Irvine office helped make the holidays extra special by volunteering their time and providing gifts for families who have been homeless at the Thomas House Shelter.

FEELING PHILANTHROPIC: Team Members in the Livermore office donated dozens of gifts for the 4-H Club Holiday Arts & Craft Fair for local families in need.

MORE THAN MEALS: The Stockton Team volunteered their time at St. Mary’s Dining Room; preparing food and serving lunch to approximately 300 homeless individuals and families in San Joaquin County.

CHARITABLE PARTNERS GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Irvine office hosted its 12th Annual Golf Tournament on September 24, 2018 at the Oak Creek Golf Club. The event raised nearly $150,000 to benefit Make-A-Wish®, Donate Life, Save A Warrior, Leaps & Bounds and Steven’s Hope.

HELPING LOCAL ATHLETES:  W. L. Butler became an annual sponsor to the Peninsula Vault Club and awarded the club a $1,500 donation  on August 27, 2018 to help keep the program running smoothly and help to offset uniform/equipment costs. The donation was made in honor of retired police chief, JR Gamez, and his ongoing contribution to the betterment of Redwood City.

GOOD TIDINGS FOR ARTISTS:  Willie Cauley-Stein of the Kings helped unveil a new art studio for the Sacramento community on August 22, 2018. Thanks to a generous donation from the Good Tidings Foundation and the construction expertise of W. L. Butler, the LeRoy Neiman Art Studio will host youth workshops, classes and labs for the Sol Collective Center.


In addition to being named a Top Corporate Philanthropist in the “Book of Lists.” We have also been awarded with the Community Commitment Award for giving more than one percent of pretax profit to charitable causes, W. L. Butler has received several other accolades over the years for enriching the community. Together we have made a positive change within our communities by leveraging our own internal resources and organizing volunteers to support local schools and develop partnerships with a number of organizations, including (but not limited to):

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