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July 9, 2018 · by Foundation Staff · Grants News

The Roy A Hunt Foundation is made up of a diverse and engaged group of family members, united in an effort to make the communities in which we live a better place. For many years now, we have come together to support those in need, communities in distress, the environment and many other causes.

As trustees, we have the privilege of working with organizations across the country committed to these goals. It is through our work with talented, dedicated partner organizations that youth have access to opportunities for education and advancement, critical issues facing the environment are being addressed, and communities are safer. The leaders we work with are often extraordinary people and, without them, our work would not be possible.

In FY 17/18, we awarded a total of $3.3 million to non-profit organizations and schools across the country. The Roy A Hunt Foundation continues to prioritize organizations fitting into one of our four major initiatives: Environment, Youth Violence Prevention, International Development and Community Development. The work of these initiatives has contributed over $11.9 million to target communities over the past twenty-one years. Trustee sponsored general grants remain a critical piece of our grant strategy and provide diverse types of support to organizations across the country.

The Foundation’s endowment is currently $83 million, and we continue to search out socially responsible and additional investment tools that will help us to serve larger numbers of organizations. Above all, we are dedicated to maintaining our founder’s legacy of responsible investing and management practices.

My father, Richard M Hunt, is now 91 and the sole remaining member of the initial board of trustees.
He is still active in philanthropy and continues to guide us as the senior member of the Roy A Hunt Foundation. As we grow in trustee numbers, the opportunity to impact communities grows as well.
We are also now actively involved in deciding how to balance inclusion of family members with our mission of supporting those in need. We look forward to another year of working together and trying to leave the world a better place.

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

Sincerely,

Helen Hunt Bouscaren
FY18 Executive Committee Chair
 

February 19, 2018 · by Foundation Staff · Grants News

We’ve finished awarding and paying grants for our current fiscal year, with $3,437,875 being delivered to nonprofits and schools across the country. You can download a new  
PDF of this year’s and last year’s grants
. And, you can view and interactive map of our FY17 grants below. In the Map Options tab on the upper left, you can filter out different groups of grants and search based on proximity to an address.

January 19, 2017 · by Foundation Staff · Grants News

We’ve finished awarding and paying grants for our current fiscal year, with $3,368,150 being delivered to nonprofits and schools across the country. You can download a new PDF of this year’s and last year’s grants. And, you can view and interactive map of our FY17 grants below. In the Map Options tab on the upper left, you can filter out different groups of grants and search based on proximity to an address.

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June 24, 2016 · by Foundation Staff · Grants News

Boston, MA to Breckenridge, CO - Google Maps Summer has arrived, and not a moment too soon! And while many folks have the opportunity to relax during the summer, many of the Roy A. Hunt Foundation grantees are hard at work across the country making a difference in their communities.

We invite you to check out five organizations that receive program and general operating support from the Roy A. Hunt Foundation.

 

BOSTON: BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) facebook_over

BELL1BELL is a national nonprofit that is recognized as a leader in the field of expanded learning. Founded in 1992, BELL has helped at-risk students gain the academic skills they need to succeed in school and the self-efficacy they need to make healthy choices and set ambitious goals. BELL Summer and BELL After School serve children in grades K-8 who are performing below grade level and who attend high-poverty schools.

The Roy A. Hunt Foundation has supported BELL with $90,000 in grants since 2004.

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Charitable Fund

QUEST1In beautiful Rindge, NH, teams from the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary, Franklin Pierce University, and the Jaffrey-Rindge School District have created a summer program for students, named QUEST (Quality Unlimited Educational Summer Training).

QUEST was developed in 2011 for local middle school students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in a summer camp program. Franklin Pierce University provides the space, facilities, equipment, staff support and lunch for the camp.

The QUEST program served 75 sixth through eighth grade students from the Jaffrey-Rindge middle school last summer. Each year, the campers are pre- and post-tested on academic skills, and a majority of the students improved their scores and became better prepared for the new academic year. QUEST has been so successful that it is serving as a prototype which other New England Rotary Clubs are replicating within their own communities.

The QUEST summer program has received $25,000 in grants since 2012.

 

PITTSBURGH: Hill House Association facebook_over

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The construction of a safe and functional playground at the Hill House‘s Blakey Center has ensured that children in the Hill District area of Pittsburgh will have a safe place to spend many hours this summer.

Hill District families are more likely to earn income below the poverty line and rely on government assistance than families living in other areas of Pittsburgh. Additionally, children in the Hill District often lack access to safe play spaces, which are widely considered to be important for intellectual, social and emotional development.

A $50,000 grant from the Roy A. Hunt Foundation aided the Hill House Association to bring the Blakey Center playground up to code and make it available to neighborhood families.

 

CLEVELAND: Facing History and Ourselves facebook_over

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While their students are enjoying the sun and fun of summer, teachers in Cleveland are taking hard at work at Facing History and Ourselves’ Cleveland office, focusing on professional development in history and civic education. As of July 1, 2015, the number of Cleveland area teachers actively implementing Facing History in their classrooms is 1,363, an increase of 172 teachers since July 2014. These 1,363 teachers reach an estimated 136,300 students each year with Facing History’s unique content and methods, integrating themes of tolerance, social justice, and civic participation into rigorous academic content.

Facing History’s core services in Cleveland will include professional development seminars, workshops, in-service sessions, and individualized follow-up support for educators. Follow-up support includes individual teacher consultations and classroom visits for curriculum and lesson plan development; access to Facing History’s free lending library; and advice from staff about what books, websites, and films will best enrich their courses. Teachers can also invite witnesses to and survivors of history, to speak in their classrooms through our speakers’ bureau.

The Roy A. Hunt Foundation has provided more than $57,000 in grants to Facing History and Ourselves Cleveland since 2006.

 

DENVER: Young Americans Center for Financial Education facebook_over

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Many students in the Denver area are attending a different type of summer camp program at the Young Americans Center for Financial Education. Instead of swimming and hiking, these 8-13 year-olds are spending time learning the fundamentals of the U.S. economy.

Young Americans’ programs address financial literacy, free enterprise, global economics and entrepreneurship and serve more than 30,000 primarily Denver metro youth each year. They use experiential learning to help children and teens develop healthy financial habits for a self-sufficient life.

532735_10151031653836278_56457935_nThis summer, Young Americans is offering seven different types of weeklong summer camps to rising 3rd – 7th graders. The camps focus on government, banking, economics, supply and demand, advertising and more. The campers then put their knowledge to work by running a life-like town on the last day of camp!

Grants totaling more than $30,000 have been made to the Young Americans Center for Financial Education since 2012.

February 10, 2016 · by Foundation Staff · Grants News

We’ve finished awarding and paying grants for our current fiscal year, with $3,268,980 being delivered to nonprofits and schools across the country. You can download a new PDF of this year’s and last year’s grants. And, you can view and interactive map of our FY16 grants below. In the Map Options tab on the upper left, you can filter out different groups of grants and search based on proximity to an address.

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December 22, 2014 · by Foundation Staff · Grants News
Photo courtesy of Auberle

Photo courtesy of 2007 and 2011 YVP grantee Auberle

In December of 2014, the Foundation’s Community Development Committee and Youth Violence Prevention Committee updated their respective grantmaking guidelines. The new guidelines are in effect for inquiries, proposals, and grants starting in January of 2015. The changes reflect the Trustees’ evolving interests and thoughts about how this small family foundation can best make a difference with limited funds.

The Community Development Committee clarified its previous priorities and defined focus neighborhoods in Boston and Pittsburgh.

The Youth Violence Prevention Committee made larger changes to ensure its grantmaking aligns with recent research into effective practices. It also expanded to four from two priority geographies.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the Foundation’s staff at 412.281.8734 or info@rahuntfdn.org.

April 16, 2014 · by Foundation Staff · Grants News

What connects the Hunt family to a country over 8,000 miles from the Foundation’s homebase in Pittsburgh, PA?Tanzania-map

A combination of personal volunteer experiences and work opportunities have tied several family members to the eastern African country of Tanzania over the years.

Currently, three dynamic organizations receive program and general operating support from the Roy A. Hunt Foundation.

2 Seeds Network   facebook_over

2seeds pic22Seeds is an umbrella organization that incubates small, efficient, and effective agricultural development projects in Africa. 2Seeds focuses on selecting, training, and mentoring bright and passionate graduates at the beginning of their careers to work with African partners. The teams address the issue of food and income security by training rural farmers in agricultural best practices. 2Seeds encourages its project leaders to embrace independent decision making, enforces financial accountability, and humbly seeks a deep and sincere partnership with the local African community.

The Roy A. Hunt Foundation’s Next Generation Fund made a $5,000 grant in 2013 that supported 2Seeds’ Masoko project. The collaboration is improving farmers’ access to and knowledge of markets, developing computer applications for data collection and use.

The Girls Foundation of Tanzania (TGFT)  facebook_over

gft1The focus of The Girls Foundation of Tanzania is simple: one girl at a time.

TGFT provides intellectual and financial support for educational opportunities to adolescent girls in Tanzania – a country where 95% of females do not finish high school. It prepares girls to take on their futures with confidence through development of their’ social, physical and emotional health and their academic success.

TGFT’s Girls Center was recently moved into a leased house on a 20-acre compound belonging to The Joshua Foundation, an established NGO in Arusha. The Girls Center is a secure learning environment where the girls live when school is not in session. Here, they can learn more about the world outside of their school life and the day-to-day realities of their villages.

TGFT currently sponsors 14 young woman as they strive to succeed in the secondary school. Since 2011, the Roy A. Hunt Foundation has provided $25,000 to The Girls Foundation of Tanzania for this program. Learn about these students via their bios.

Tanzanian Children’s Fund (TCF)  facebook_over

tcf2The Tanzanian Children’s Fund supports the Rift Valley Children’s Village, an orphanage in the Karatu region of Tanzania, and other related community-based programs that improve the lives of marginalized children.

148 Tanzanian-born employees, 6 expatriates, and 50 volunteers provide a loving home, family, and community for orphaned children. Around 88 children live full-time at the Children’s Village and 20 more live there during vacation from boarding school.

TCF provides leadership, teachers, and resources to 450 children from the surrounding communities attend Gyetighi Primary School. 100% of the Standard Seven class passed the national exam to qualify for secondary school in 2012, and 17 students at Gyetighi received scholarships to top tier secondary schools in 2011. Other highly valuable services include access to free high quality medical care and economic growth opportunities through a microfinance program.

Check out this video to TCF’s work in action! 

Since 2007, the Roy A. Hunt Foundation has made $60,000 in grants to the Tanzanian Children’s Fund. 

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.

August 13, 2013 · by Foundation Staff · Grants News
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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.”

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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.

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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.

 

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