Our Founder’s Story

Founded in 2009, The Butterfly Foundation has been helping people brought down by tragedy or hardship rebuild their lives through acts of compassion, generosity, and financial support.

About Nancy Fitzgerald

The Butterfly Foundation was created by Nancy Fitzgerald in 2009 as a purposeful way to support people who have suffered a severe loss, illness, or other hardship by empowering them emotionally, spiritually, or financially. As a former news reporter, Nancy came across hundreds of stories of tragedy and wanted to be able to do something to alleviate their suffering. Since its inception, The Butterfly Foundation has helped cancer survivors, widows, children and families who have been brought down by tragedy to rebuild their lives through acts of generosity and caring! Sadly, tragedy struck Nancy’s family in 2014. Nancy lost her husband Patrick in an horrific bicycling accident caused by a distracted driver. The accident occurred on August 21, 2014 and Patrick peacefully passed away on August 26, 2014 surrounded by friends and family. Since his untimely death, Nancy has reached out to those in need through The Butterfly Foundation. Her goal is to help others survive life’s hardships with the help and compassion of their local community. In addition, our platform at The Butterfly Foundation is dedicated to preventing distracted driving by campaigning for “Safe Driving”. Read more about our campaign on “Safe Driving” and how you can be a part of this mission.

Our Mission

The Butterfly Foundation is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to supporting people who have suffered loss, Illness, or other hardship by empowering them emotionally, spiritually, physically or financially.

Empowerment & Independence

We are here to help those in need land on their own feet.

Community & Family

A foundation determined to give back to our community as we are all family.

Help & Support

Help and Support when and where you need it most.

Our Board

We are privileged to have such a dedicated Board of Directors. We are truly grateful for the countless hours you have devoted to shaping our organization and for your unwavering belief in our collective mission.

Nancy Fitzgerald

CEO at ILending Direct

Stephanie Meinerz

Board Member
COO at ILending Direct

Paula Hendrickson

Board Member
Vice President, Retirement at NFP

Melissa Smith

Board Member
Project Manager at Border States

Mindy Duff

Board Member
Community Partner

Jen Malott

Executive Director
The Butterfly Foundation