Butterfly Fund

General Description

The Butterfly Fund was established at East Tennessee Foundation in August 2008 by the Barger and Harrill families in memory of their daughters, Emily Barger and Maddie Harrill. Both of these beautiful little girls were diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of childhood cancer, in 2007. Sadly, both girls passed away just weeks apart during the summer of 2008. The fund serves to raise awareness of and funds for childhood cancers.

Application Process

This fund will not be administering a competitive grant process in 2023.

Grant Amounts and Terms

Grants were last awarded in April 2020 for one-year terms and generally ranged from $2,500 – $25,000.

Who May Apply

General Eligibility and Funding Criteria

Additional eligibility criteria specific to the Butterfly Fund:

  • Projects must support pediatric oncology research, treatments and/or services. Examples may include, but are not limited to, research and clinical trials, treatment supplies and equipment, palliative care programs, family assistance programs for patients and/or families caring for pediatric oncology patients, and training and outreach programs for patients and/or medical support staff.
  • Organizations located outside ETF’s 25-county service area are also eligible to apply.

Additional Information

Butterfly Fund on WBIR

To learn more about the Butterfly Fund’s mission and fundraising efforts, please visit the fund’s website:

To learn more about the Butterfly Fund’s grantmaking process, please direct your questions to:
Ashley Siferd Butler, Director of Competitive Grants, or
Rachel Cosby, Program Officer
East Tennessee Foundation
520 W. Summit Hill Drive, Suite 1101
Knoxville, TN 37902
Telephone: (865) 524-1223 or (877) 524-1223