Jim Butterfield Honoured For Community Work

November 15, 2015

National Philanthropy Day [NPD] is today [Nov 15] and in recognition of the day, Jim Butterfield has been honoured, with the Association of Fundraising Professionals [AFP] Bermuda chapter planting a cedar tree in Mr. Butterfield’s name in Paget Marsh on November 12.

A spokesperson said, “This is an annual event for our AFP Bermuda Chapter – recognising a person or organisation involved in philanthropy by planting a tree that can grow and flourish, just as philanthropy in Bermuda will continue to grow and flourish.”

AFP Bermuda Honours Mr. James (Jim) Butterfield Nov 12 2015 (2)

“This year, AFP Bermuda is recognising Mr. James [Jim] Butterfield with a cedar tree in Mr. Butterfield’s honour to be planted by him in Paget Marsh on Thursday November 12th, in collaboration with the Bermuda National Trust.

“Jim, as he is known widely in our Bermuda community, is recognised as a community leader who is a triple threat – he often contributes his time, talent and treasure to many worthy community causes and organisations in Bermuda.

“He generously gives his support to individuals, organisations and causes in an effort to improve our community socially, economically and environmentally for both residents and guests.”

AFP Bermuda Honours Mr. James (Jim) Butterfield Nov 12 2015 (1)

“We specifically use the word generous when acknowledging Jim as it has a meaning the captures his essence. As the noted Community Builder Peter Block describes in his book The Abundant Community – Awakening the Power of Families and Neighbourhoods, ‘Generosity goes beyond kindness. It is the alternative to the world of barter. Generosity is to make an offer for its own sake, not its exchange value.

‘Generosity comes from the Latin generosus, which means “of noble birth.” It conveys a sense of the bountiful, lavish, copious, and abundant. Generosity clearly has its roots outside the market, not explained by barter or one-to-one exchange.’

“Generosity is Jim Butterfield’s way of being in our world and we invite our entire Bermuda community to join us in saluting him.”

AFP Bermuda Honours Mr. James (Jim) Butterfield Nov 12 2015 (3)

“Philanthropy is not just financial giving. It is also includes volunteering and charitable engagement and on National Philanthropy Day we highlight the accomplishments, large and small, that philanthropy — and all those involved in the philanthropic process — makes to our Bermuda community and our world.

“The Bermuda Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals was formed in April of 2014 and as such, this is our second year joining the over 200 other chapters and 30,000 members worldwide in this annual celebration.

“Every year since 1986, AFP Chapters have encouraged communities across the globe to celebrate NPD by hosting events to recognise the activities of donors, volunteers, foundations, leaders, corporations, and others engaged in philanthropy.

“NPD also seeks to increase public interest and awareness of the importance of philanthropy, as well as knowledge on giving, volunteering and engagement at the charitable level so people can practice effective philanthropy.”

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  1. Barbara D Cooper says:

    Jim Butterfield most certainly deserves this award ! He is a ‘son of the soil’ with a very kind and generous heart – and a deep love for his country and fellow Islanders. Thanks Jim for all your many contributions !

  2. paperboy says:

    Thank you AFP Bermuda for honouring Mr. Butterfield. What a wonderful way to acknowledge this special Bermudian philanthropist. May we all continue to graciously share whenever we can and warmly receive it whenever offered.

  3. Marilyn says:

    “Congratulations” is such an insignificant accolade to describe this worthy acknowledgement of Mr. Butterfield’s unwavering and instinctive support to assist with triumphing innumerable endeavours to enhance the quality of life and infrastructure of our Island. Mr. Butterfield, congratulations for a well-deserved honour.

    Marilyn Steede

  4. Spit Bouy says:

    Congratulations Jim,

    You can bet that Jim wouldn’t want people to make a big fuss over his charitable contributions but this is a much deserved award and recognition.

    As mentioned Jim doesn’t just open a cheque book to assist, he is more than happy to roll up his sleeves and put time in as well.

  5. Widget says:

    A true Bermudian with a heart of gold. His kindness has shown no boundaries.

  6. Triangle Drifter says:

    Jim Butterfield is one of many who quietly get on with contributing time, money & services to deserving organisations. Well done to all, even if sometimes your generosity is unknown or unappreciated.

  7. TB says:

    A living legend and local role model with a huge heart. Humble, modest, but always extremely driven and dedicated to making Bermuda a better place. Well done Jim!

  8. susan says:

    My mother in law worked for this man for years and years. He was exceptionally kind to her and took very good care of her as her health failed. She loved the guy and my family is very grateful for his kindness.

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