The Butler Awards, named in honor of CAN’s first Executive Director, Fred Butler, are awarded to an individual or collaboration that has worked to bring people, organizations, and groups together to collectively address community needs. The focus of the work of the individuals and/or collaborations being recognized must be upon issues that affect community well-being in Austin or Travis County and that further the mission and vision of Community Advancement Network. The following are the two categories of recognition:
Honors an organization or collaborative that has worked to bring together people, organizations, civic, business and/or community groups or initiatives to collectively address community needs in an effective manner, thus improving the health, well-being and safety of the community.
Honors an individual or organization that exhibits integrity, trust, vision and passion to champion and meaningfully support collaborative efforts aimed at improving the health, well-being and safety of the community.
Honors an individual who has worked quietly or behind the scenes to bring about positive community change by building “bridges” to unite people or causes, serving as a role model and inspiration to others.
Honors an individual who (a) serves as a bridge builder, (b) honors the spirit of collaboration, and (c) demonstrates community leadership in advancing equity and opportunity; who has made a significant contribution of time and talent to supporting CAN’s mission as well as CAN’s organizational and programmatic development over time; and who exemplifies a “CAN-do attitude!”