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Our major grant sources include First 5 Riverside, Riverside County Department of Public Social Services, The California Wellness Foundation, Patrick M. McCarthy Foundation, Weingart Foundation, Kohl's Cares®, Families in Schools / James Irvine Foundation, Kaiser Hospitals Foundation, and The Community Foundation.

Edgar W. Butler, Ph.D.

In a career spanning more than four decades, Dr. Edgar Butler epitomizes the concept of a Renaissance man, a term the low-key scholar might not choose for himself. The scope of his accomplishments, however—in teaching, publishing and research, and as a sought-after consultant to non-profit, medical, government and educational entities nationwide—is so wide ranging as to defy easy categorization.

Dr. Butler is Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside. He is also the director of the Office of Community Research Projects at UCR. He holds a BA in Social Science from California State University—Long Beach, and both an MA and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Southern California. The University of California named him “Professor Emeritus of the Year” in 1997.

To the JFK Memorial Foundation, Dr. Butler is an indispensable ally. He was the Foundation’s consultant and co-author on the First 5 Riverside Home Visitation Initiative grant, and continues to advise the organization on every aspect of it—Infant Screening, In-Home Assessment, Home Visitation, all sub-contracts supporting the Initiative, and the Foundation’s reporting procedures for First 5 Riverside.

Dr. Butler has been an exceedingly successful grant writer throughout his career, thanks to his astute comprehension of the nuts and bolts of government funding. This is reflected not only in his work with JFK, but also in a long list of organizations that have benefited from his expertise, a compendium including hospitals, universities, institutes and study centers, as well as an enumeration of the many other causes in which he has immersed himself—anti-violence, community leadership, substance abuse, crime and corrections, and poverty, to name but a few.

An author published many times over, Dr. Butler currently has 21 books available on the Amazon website.Many of his works, fiction and non-fiction, as well as numerous other books, papers and publications to which he has contributed, deal with historical or contemporary aspects of the civil rights struggle. His most recent work is “Savannah Tempest,” a novel set in 19th century Georgia in which, his publisher notes, Dr. Butler “weaves an arsenal of emotions… that inflamed the smoldering frustrations of life in post-Civil War Savannah.”

Dr. Butler has provided a wealth of information in assisting the JFK Memorial Foundation’s recent growth and development, a treasured resource to whom we will continue to look for inspiration, advice and assistance in the future.

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