March 6, 2014 · by Foundation Staff · Grants News

If your 8th grader is at an underperforming school, how do you prepare her for success at a competitive, independent high school and later in college?

For 19 urban youth each year in the Boston area, one answer is Beacon Academy.

Learn more about Beacon Academy in this video.

The only independent school of its kind in the nation, Beacon Academy adds a transformational year between 8th and 9th grades to promising, hard-working students. Inspired by a challenging curriculum and stimulating co-curricular experiences, students learn vital academic skills and develop habits of mind that empower them to change the trajectory of their lives. Rigorous academics and empowering experiences enable Beacon Academy students to change the trajectory of their lives.

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Photo courtesy of Beacon Academy

The Beacon Academy 14-month school year begins with five weeks of summer school made up of intense academic work, daily homework, exercise and field trips. In September, academic work focuses on honing writing skills, reading comprehension, and math. In most cases, students acquire the equivalent of more than two years of math and language skills. Throughout the year, numerous cultural opportunities for students help to enhance their social skills and bolster their confidence.

Beacon provides an Alumni Program that includes: 1) scheduled alumni events, 2) an emergency fund to assist with costs for items not covered by scholarship dollars, and 3) ongoing teacher contact.

In return, alumni give back to the Beacon community by returning to discuss, process, and share their independent school experiences with current students.

Alumni Snapshot

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Photo courtesy of Beacon Academy

  • 147 graduates since the Academy’s founding in 2005
  • 99% have graduated from more than 60 high schools
  • 90% of high school graduates are enrolled at morethan 50 colleges, (others have enrolled in the armed forces)
  • Collectively, Beacon alumni have earned over $29 million in scholarship dollars

Since 2007, the Roy A. Hunt Foundation has provided $55,000 to Beacon Academy.

November 5, 2013 · by Foundation Staff · Uncategorized

We recently needed to create a brief timeline of the Foundation for a presentation. We thought you might find this window into our history informative.

RAHF Timeline Condensed

August 13, 2013 · by Foundation Staff · Grants News
SNAP group of kids

Photo courtesy of Holy Family Institute

The Foundation’s Youth Violence Prevention Initiative supports programs that reduce youth violence and the risk factors that contribute to it. One of the longest-running and highest-ranked solutions in North America is the Stop Now and Plan (SNAP®) Program.

Developed in the late 70s by the Child Development Institute, the program teaches children ages 6-11 how to use coping skills to avoid trouble and control their behavior. SNAP® helps both children and parents (or guardians) effectively deal with anger by teaching them how to respond in a way that makes their problems seem smaller, not bigger.

SNAP® has proven to be effective with children who exhibit anti-social behaviors such as aggression, defiance, lying, and bullying. Through the program, children and parents build the skills necessary to strengthen family bonds and positively impact behavior in their home, school, and community. With practice, children and parents are able to stop, calm down and generate positive solutions at the “snap of their fingers.”


Photo courtesy of Auberle

Boys’ and girls’ therapeutic groups meet weekly, where structured and interactive activities such as role play and games teach them behavioral strategies to use in their daily lives and address topics such as stealing and bullying. Parents’ groups meet concurrently, and family counseling, mentoring, and school advocacy are additional program benefits.

Since 2007, the Roy A. Hunt Foundation has granted $105,000 to implement SNAP® in the Pittsburgh area, providing $75,000 to Auberle and $30,000 to Holy Family Institute. Grants to both organizations have included support for the implementation of SNAP® Girls Connection, which focuses specifically on challenges that young girls face. The Child Development Institute has certified staff members from both organizations to deliver the program and provides ongoing monitoring to ensure the programs are high quality.

SNAP 4 walking

Courtesy Holy Family Institute

Results at Auberle and Holy Family are promising. Outcomes from both SNAP® programs show significant decreases (ranging from 75-87% as shown by the Child Behavior Checklist) in the following areas:

                      • depressive behavior
                      • social problems
                      • attention problems
                      • rule breaking
                      • externalizing behavior
                      • aggression



July 8, 2013 · by Foundation Staff · Grants News
Hikers on a National Outdoor Leadership School trip

Hikers on a National Outdoor Leadership School trip (picture courtesy of NOLS)

At their June 2013 meeting, the Roy A. Hunt Foundation’s Trustees awarded grants to 32 organizations totaling $685,000. The National Outdoor Leadership School (students pictured above) earned a $10,000 grant to help meet its fundraising challenge for an endowed scholarship fund. The school takes people of all ages on remote wilderness expeditions, teaching technical outdoor skills, leadership, and environmental ethics in some of the world’’s wildest and most awe-inspiring classrooms. The Foundation has awarded $75,000 to NOLS since 2003.

Download this two-page PDF file for a complete list of our June 2013 grantees.


May 30, 2013 · by Foundation Staff · Uncategorized

The Frick Art & Historical Center in Pittsburgh recently awarded Marie Romanelli and George Blank the 2013 Roy A. Hunt Foundation Award for Commitment to Education in the Arts and Humanities.

Dr. Romanelli and Mr. Blank team teach at Franklin Regional Middle School in Murrysville, PA. They’ve brought students to the Frick a dozen times, using its diverse artistic and historic resources to teach cross-curricular cultural units. At a ceremony earlier this month, the school received a $3,000 award to help defray the cost of future field trips and enrichment activities. Students of Ms. Romanelli and Mr. Blank  received 150 complimentary admission passes to Clayton, the Frick’s house museum. The Frick posted a slide show from the event on its Flickr Page.

The Foundation established the award in 1999 to annually honor an educator (or team) who has demonstrated a commitment to participating in the Frick’s education programs, and who has successfully integrated the arts into their students’ learning experience.

April 8, 2013 · by Foundation Staff · Misc

Like many nonprofits, we’re experimenting with cheap and easy ways to display our data. To build our first public map of our grantees, we’ve used the free version of batchgeo to create a layer of information on Google Maps. (Note that we don’t have control over or endorse any ads at the bottom). We’ve also added a link to the map on our Applying for a Grant page.


View FY12-13 Grants by Geographic Area for Grantees in a full screen map

January 14, 2013 · by Foundation Staff · Grants News

Preble Street, founded in 1975, provides accessible, barrier-free services to empower people experiencing homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty. Located in Portland, Maine, it is Northern New England’s largest urban area service hub. It serves the community’s most vulnerable members 24 hours a day/365 days a year through a variety of critical programs.

Each day, 400 adults and families use its Resource Center. Staff and volunteers meet urgent needs through a soup kitchen, food pantry, and a clothing closet, as well as provide casework services to meet needs for affordable housing, employment, healthcare, education, etc.

Through collaborative relationships with the City of Portland and other providers, Preble Street helps those in need access resources offered in the community.

Preble Street’s soup kitchens serve over 320,000 nutritious meals a year. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided at the Resource Center, Teen Center, and Florence House. The food pantry distributes over 190,000 emergency meals to households without access to adequate nutrition.

Committed to safe, affordable housing, Florence House provides 25 permanent apartments with support services for formerly homeless women. Logan Place has 30 permanent units with support services for formerly homeless adults. Veterans Housing Services prevents and responds to homelessness to ensure stability for veterans in southern Maine. Additionally, Florence House provides 25 Safe Haven units offering semi-private long-term shelter, and an emergency shelter offering basic needs and housing assistance.

Preble Street’s Teen Center (drop-in) and the Joe Kreisler Teen Shelter (overnight shelter) serve 400 homeless youth, ages 12-20, around the clock to help them move toward a healthy future. Staff and volunteer help meet basic needs—meals, clothing, showers, etc.—and work with on-site partners to offer healthcare, educational/vocational, mental health, substance abuse, and housing services.

In addition to its direct services, Preble Street’s advocacy efforts work towards solutions to the social, economic and political systems that do not respond adequately to community needs.

The Roy A. Hunt Foundation has made grants totaling $82,500 to Preble Street since 2003. Two grants for $22,500 were made to the capital campaign and $60,000 has been provided in general operating support.

December 21, 2012 · by Foundation Staff · Letter from the Chair

December 2012

Thank you.

You’re likely reading this letter because you’re involved with a nonprofit or school. On behalf of our Trustees and staff, I wanted to first express our sincere gratitude for your dedication to your mission. Our family has had the profound honor of reviewing  and funding excellent projects that continue to inspire us years afterward.

Each year we’re blown away by the passion and skills of the nonprofit staff members and volunteers we meet. Some are fresh talents with innovative approaches and infectious energy. Others are seasoned veterans, practiced at solving complex community issues. We love sharing your stories and results with the rest of our family members who serve as Trustees. And, we feel fortunate that the family can often express our appreciation through a grant. Just a few highlights of our grantees’ stories include:

  • Thousands of children gaining higher quality educational experiences in school, after school, and in summer camps
  • Hundreds of teens and young adults learning new skills to reduce their violent and antisocial behaviors and increase their educational attainment and employability
  • Seven organizations taking deep dives into tough environmental challenges, often finding new ways to positively engage businesses and industries in solutions
  • Thousands of families who can’t make ends meet finding shelter, food, and caring support in areas ranging from small-town New England to inner-city Pittsburgh and Cleveland.

We awarded a little more than $3 million in our 2012/13 fiscal year, an increase from the previous two years as our investments grew slowly through the uneven economic recovery.  You can download our full list of grantees here and you can follow our blog and LinkedIn page for future stories about our grantees.

Other highlights from 2012 include:

  • Welcoming two family members – Sophie Hunt Hollingsworth and Elizabeth Hunt – as new Trustees and members of our Next Generation Fund
  • A day-long window into Cleveland’s comeback story, thanks to an excellent tour hosted by Neighborhood Progress, Inc. and a dozen other nonprofits and entrepreneurs
  • Investments in new technology to increase the efficiency of our operations and further lower the cost of doing business with the Foundation
  • Work on a new proxy voting policy to protect our investments and align them with our family’s values

Looking ahead to 2013, our Environment and Youth Violence Prevention committees are taking a fresh look at their grantmaking priorities. We’ll be in touch with some grantees and funding colleagues as we consider our changes, and we’ll welcome your feedback when we make them public in a few months. Outside of our initiatives, the majority of our grants will provide continued operating support or program support to previous grantees. We continue to believe this ongoing support is vital through uncertain economic times. We do welcome your grant inquiries, but know that we’ll invite very few for full proposals.

As always, feel free to contact our office at or 412.281.8734 if you have questions.

With warm regards,

Dr. Terry Hunt
FY13 Executive Committee Chair

August 8, 2012 · by Foundation Staff · Grants News
Map of Haiti showing the Artibonite Valley and HAS Campus

The Artibonite Valley and HAS campus

The Friends of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti nurtures and supports projects that improve the lives of the residents of Haiti’s Artibonite Valley. Founded in 1999, the Pittsburgh-based organization now supports:  a hospital, integrated community services, rehabilitation programs, agroforestry, and the promotion of Haitian art and culture.

The Friends’ largest project is raising money for Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti (HAS).  The hospital opened in 1956, fulfilling the dreams of its founders, Dr. Larimer and Mrs. Gwen Grant Mellon, to serve others with medical needs.  It is a 130-bed referral hospital that serves more than 345,000 people living within 610 square miles.  HAS’s 14 physicians and 50 nurses provide surgical services, internal medicine, pediatrics, high-risk maternity care, diagnostic services, and rehabilitation.

Health Care Worker Assisting a Stroke Patient in His Home

Community Rehabilitation Service Provider aids a stroke victim at home

After the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the hospital added a Cholera Treatment Center and a prosthetics clinic for amputees.  The Cholera Treatment Center sees 240 patients a day at the peak of each rainy season. The prosthetic clinic has provided artificial limbs to more than 1,000 earthquake victims since opening.

The Friends of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti also developed and raises money for the Haiti Timber Re-Introduction Project (HTRIP).  Ninety-eight percent of Haiti has been deforested due to timber logging, slash-and-burn agriculture, and tree-cutting to make charcoal.

A Community Prepares to Plant Trees

A Community Prepares to Plant Trees

HTRIP provides economic independence to the poorest Haitians. Its agroforestry methods grow trees with normal agricultural crops such as corn or coffee, giving farmers more production from their land.  New tree plots act as laboratories to track the growth of shade-tolerant crops.  The Haitian farmers use what they learn from the plots to grow crops which provide both food and income for their families and communities.  HTRIP has planted more than 592,000 trees in partnership with 52 mountain farming communities.  More than 3,600 Haitians have graduated from the HTRIP education program since 2006.

The Roy A. Hunt Foundation and our Next Generation Fund are proud to have sponsored the life-changing work of The Friends of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti with $194,000 in grants since 1995.

Images courtesy of The Friends of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer

August 3, 2012 · by Foundation Staff · Uncategorized

Picture of the entry screen for the grant application software

At the end of July, the Foundation launched a new online application system, powered by the software company Good Done Great. The system has the following benefits:

  • Nonprofits will be able enter and update their information as it changes and not have to retype standard organizational details
  • The foundation’s office will be able to more quickly and easily route information to our Trustees scattered across the country
  • Nonprofits and the foundation will save on mailing and paper costs, reducing our shared environmental footprint
  • Good Done Great is a certified B Corporation, a new organizational form that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems and that is committed to sustainable business practices.

Both previous grantees and organizations applying for the first time will use the application system to submit letters of intent or proposals. Please read our updated application guidelines before you choose to submit anything to us. Because the system is new to you and to us, we know there may be questions and an occasional glitch. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at 412.281.8723 or and we’ll happily guide you through the process.

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