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

The growth and success of our company depends upon the sustainability of the communities in which we live and work. It’s 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.

Community Video 


HELPING LOCAL ATHLETES:  W. L. Butler provided the Peninsula Vault Club and with new uniforms for their 2020 season. The donation was made in honor of retired police chief, JR Gamez, and his ongoing contribution to the betterment of Redwood City.

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR GIVING: During the month of December, the Redwood City office partnered with the City of Redwood City to host a toy and book drive for the holidays. Team Members provided unwrapped toys for families within the community.

FEELING PHILANTHROPIC: Team Members in the Livermore office donated dozens of toys and gifts to the Tri-Valley Haven’s Holiday Program, which helps survivors of domestic and sexual violence, low income and homeless families celebrate the holidays.

HAVING AN OPEN HEART: The Livermore Team volunteered their time at the Open Heart Kitchen to serve lunch during the holidays to a group of low-income seniors within the Tri-Valley community.

THERE WITH CARE: Our RWC team donated supplies and gathered on December 10, 2019 to assemble 140 “There With Care” kits including special notes and essentials such as lip balm, sleep masks, snacks, pens, notebooks, mints, slipper socks and other items for the parents of critically ill children at LPCH and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. When you care for a critically ill child, you are not caring for yourself – these bags are a simple way to help care of those parents

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 on December 12, 2019. This school provides programs for students with severe disabilities.

HELPING FAMILIES HELP THEMSELVES: Our Irvine office took part in the Thomas House Family Shelter “Adopt-A-Family” program. We provided families with gifts so they too can enjoy the spirit of the holidays.

FEEDING THE HOMELESS: Team Members from our Redwood City office volunteered their precious time to serve dinner at the Street Life Ministries Shelter in Menlo Park on November 26, 2019.

HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE: Our Livermore team collected 152 pounds of food and monetary support to the Alameda County Food Bank.

SPREADING THANKSGIVING CHEER: Our AAER team delivered food collected from our Irvine office throughout the month to the Thomas House Family Shelter.

MORE THAN MEALS: The Stockton Team volunteered their time at St. Mary’s Dining Room; on November 18, 2019 preparing food and serving lunch to approximately 300 homeless individuals and families in San Joaquin County.

AUTISM SPEAKS: A team of 30 walkers from our Stockton office gathered October 26, 2019 to raise nearly $5,000 in support of JJ and autism awareness at the annual Central Valley Autism Speaks Walk.

LET’S GET LOUD: Teeing off for our 13th year on the green to support our charitable partners Donate Life, Save A Warrior and Steven’s Hope. Our Irvine office raised money for these deserving organizations on September 9, 2019 at the Oak Creek Golf Club.

FIGHTING HUNGER TO MARS AND BACK: W. L. Butler and Gensler Architects teamed up to help fight hunger. After nearly 8 months of prep work and 5 hours of “CANstruction” while most of us were asleep, the Mars Rover collaboration landed August 31, 2019. The 3,900 canned “building materials” were all eventually donated to the OC Food Bank after being on display throughout the month of September.

ROSA PARKS STEAM ROOM: Another Good Tidings Foundation grand opening August 28, 2019  at Rosa Parks Elementary in San Francisco. This is our 4th collaboration this year alone, and the very first “Makerspace” providing students with a dedicated place for hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

KERRI COURT: Continuing our partnership with the Good Tidings Foundation at Bishop Conaty- Our Lady of Loretto High School by transforming a patch of grass into a new beach volleyball court. Gold Medalist Kerri Walsh unveiled her “Kerri Court” August 20, 2019 for the young women attending the LA-based high school.

A RE-ENVISIONED DISCOVERY: Another successful Good Tidings Foundation collaboration was unveiled July 18, 2019 at the San Jose Discovery Museum. The new LeRoy Neiman Art Studio will enhance the museum’s ability to offer art programs to children within the community.

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 posted “shelfies” 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.


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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