About Butterfield Foundation

Since its inception, Butterfield Foundation has distributed over $38,000,000 in granting and program funds to organizations in Oklahoma and around the world. These funds have supported a wide range of projects and initiatives, making a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals and communities.

Our Mission and Values

At Butterfield Foundation, our mission is to manifest the redeeming love of Christ by promoting the holistic well-being of individuals. Rooted in the principles of the Free Methodist Church USA, we focus on addressing the physical, mental, social, and spiritual needs of those we serve. Our values of compassion, integrity, and service guide everything we do as we strive to make a positive impact in communities locally and globally.

Christ Centered Redeeming Love:

We seek to surround everyone we serve with loving-kindness, compassion, and forgiveness, emphasizing to all that there is no story that cannot be rewritten nor sin that cannot be forgiven through Christ’s love.

Galatians 4:4-5, 1 John 3:16


Our desire is to glorify Jesus Christ through the sacrificial surrender of ourselves and our resources in a manner that encourages health, restores hope, and transforms the lives of others while expecting nothing in return.

Philippians 2:4-7a, 2 Corinthians 4:5


We strive for a culture where authentic, sincere engagement is the norm. We consider individual value, truth, confidentiality, and genuine healthy collaboration to be vital in order to create an environment of confidence and synergy, where trust can flourish.

Psalm 86:11, Ephesians 4:15


We are committed to serve with excellence, striving for the highest standards, with all we have and in all we do.

Philippians 4:8


We base our ministry on Jesus’ example of compassion. Therefore, we will purposefully and sacrificially extend grace to each person with whom we come in contact.

Colossians 3:12-13


We are committed to consistently embracing moral and ethical virtues, living honorably in a way that reflects the teachings of Christ.

Titus 2:7, 2 Corinthians 8:21

Our History

The legacy of Butterfield Foundation dates back to 1900 when a group of Free Methodist women, known as Deaconesses, answered God’s call to minister to unwed mothers in Oklahoma. Their dedication led to the establishment of the Oklahoma Rescue Mission in Guthrie, later renamed the Holmes Home of Redeeming Love in 1909. The ministry relocated to farmland north of Oklahoma City, where a nursing school was established in 1923. In 1931, the first medical facility was constructed, which officially became Deaconess Hospital in 1944.

In 2005, Deaconess Hospital transitioned to a for-profit healthcare network, and the proceeds from the sale formed Butterfield Memorial Foundation. Named in honor of Rev. and Mrs. Ralph Butterfield, whose contributions to Deaconess Hospital and the Holmes Home of Redeeming Love were instrumental, the Foundation continues their legacy of compassionate care and service to the community.

Discover Grant Opportunities

Explore our grant programs to find opportunities for funding that align with your organization's mission and projects. From Christian whole person healthcare to international initiatives and spiritual care advancement, we offer funding to support a wide range of impactful projects.

2023 Impact Statement