Butterfly Fund

The Butterfly Fund was established at East Tennessee Foundation in August 2008 by the Barger and Harrill families in memory of their daughters, Emily Barger and Maddie Harrill. Both of these beautiful little girls were diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of childhood cancer, in 2007. Sadly, both of these girls passed away just weeks apart during the summer of 2008. The fund serves to raise awareness of and funds for childhood cancers.

Application Process

The 2018 application submission deadline was March 5, 2018.

Grant Amounts and Term

One-year grants were awarded April 2018.  Grant awards ranged from a minimum of $2,500 to a maximum of $25,000.

Application Information

Who May Apply

General Eligibility and Funding Criteria

Additional eligibility criteria specific to the Butterfly Fund:

  • Projects must support pediatric oncology research, treatments and/or services. Examples may include, but are not limited to, research and clinical trials, treatment supplies and equipment, palliative care programs, family assistance programs for patients and/or families caring for pediatric oncology patients, and training and outreach programs for patients and/or medical support staff.
  • Organizations located outside ETF's 25-county service area are also eligible to apply.

How to Apply

Additional Information

Butterfly Fund on WBIR

To learn more about the Butterfly Fund’s mission and fundraising efforts, please visit the fund's website: www.butterflyfund.org

To learn more about the Butterfly Fund’s grantmaking process, please direct your questions to:

Jan Elston
Vice President for Competitive Grant Programs
East Tennessee Foundation
520 W. Summit Hill Drive, Suite 1101
Knoxville, TN  37902
Telephone: (865) 524-1223 or (877) 524-1223

Thank you for your interest in the Butterfly Fund