A new year brings new changes to our organization!

January 07, 2022  



Dear Friends of Raise Your Hand Texas and the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation,

We are excited to share some news about how the Charles Butt family of philanthropic organizations is expanding.

Those of you who know us well are aware of the two parts of Raise Your Hand:

1. Raise Your Hand Texas — the longstanding policy/advocacy organization
2. Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation — the programmatic and grant-making education foundation.

Both are funded by Charles Butt.

Now, we are bringing together two major parts of Charles’ philanthropic work under one umbrella. We are excited to announce the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation has combined with, and become, the Charles Butt Foundation, rightly placing Charles’ generous philanthropy in education under his named organization.

Raise Your Hand Texas will continue, as always, as the exemplary policy and advocacy organization supporting the 5.5 million school children in Texas. And, of course, the Charles Butt Foundation and Raise Your Hand Texas will continue our shared work and deep partnership while broadening the philanthropic side of Charles’ work. 

We are grateful for your interest and engagement in our work over the years. Going forward, you will continue to receive updates and opportunities to get involved in Raise Your Hand Texas endeavors. We hope you will also choose to join the Charles Butt Foundation journey as it pursues a more equitable and prosperous future for all Texans through education and community partnerships.

Please visit to learn more and to subscribe to receive news, stories, and more.

With gratitude for your support,

Shari Albright, President
Charles Butt Foundation


Michelle Smith, Executive Director
Raise Your Hand Texas


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