Barbara Butler is semi-retired after a 35 year career in philanthropic program development, communications, corporate and community relations, special events management, media relations, fundraising, volunteer management, and board development. During 22 years in the Washington, DC metropolitan area she worked for the Freddie Mac Foundation, managing the community relations, civic, and employee volunteer programs for the philanthropic arm of a $194 billion Fortune 12 corporation. She also served as the Manager of a concert recording artist, booking all concerts and traveling extensively internationally on concert tours throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. The artist was featured in USO Tours, Olympic Games, Rose Parades and Monday Night Football. American concert venues included Caesar’s Palace, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, DAR Constitution Hall, the Smithsonian, and the White House.
Barbara moved to Vermont in 1998 and served as the Community Relations, Communications and Development Director for Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice until 2011. This Senior Management position was responsible for fundraising, board development, media relations, volunteer management and special events. While there she increased CVHHH’s annual fundraising income by more than 3,000%, co-led the agency’s first-ever capital campaign successfully raising $2.5 million, established and managed the Colors of Autumn Fashion Show and Dinner raising more than $35,000 in annual net proceeds.
Approaching retirement, Barbara worked until 2014 as the Fund Development and Communications Director for the Family Center of Washington County. Since retirement she has worked part-time as a Hospital Greeter at the University of Vermont Health Network - Central Vermont Medical Center. Her volunteer activities include serving as a Patient Advocate at CVMC, as the Volunteer Docent Coordinator for the Kent Museum in Calais, and on the Calais Town Meeting Lunch Committee. Barbara has lived in a 185-year-old farmhouse in Calais, VT since 1998. She has two daughters and eleven grandchildren.