Established 1933 by Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth and Howard Butt Sr.
Since the 1930s, the H. E. Butt Foundation has served people in Texas and beyond in various ways according to the needs of the time, including improving literacy and mental health care, funding recreation and camps, hosting ecumenical Christian retreats at Laity Lodge, and partnering with other organizations that serve families and children.
If you’re from Texas, you may have known us as simply “H-E-B Camps,” but that moniker is misleading. The H-E-B grocery company and the H. E. Butt Foundation are separate organizations with distinct missions, and H-E-B has its own Community Involvement program. Plus, the Foundation is more than a camp.
Today, the Foundation is led by Deborah and David Rogers, the daughter and son-in-law of Howard Butt Jr. The Rogers are building upon the Butt family’s tradition of philanthropy by strengthening our legacy programs and building new ones, including an expanded outdoor education program, partnerships with organizations serving families and children in San Antonio, rural development in the Texas Hill Country, and storytelling for narrative change to help Texans understand neighborhood segregation, inequity, and poverty.
The Foundation has a rich history, and our archives are available to the public upon request at our Archives Building in Kerrville, Texas. Below is a timeline of major moments over the last 80-plus years.