Established 1934 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 Foundation are separate organizations with distinct missions, and H-E-B has its own Community Involvement program. Plus, the Foundation is much more than its camping program.
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 and partnerships with organizations serving vulnerable communities in San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country.
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.