June 2017 Letter from the Executive Committee Chair

June 15, 2017 · by Foundation Staff · Letter from the Chair

June 2017

When my grandfather, Roy A. Hunt, established the foundation, it was with a basic mission: to support organizations that work to improve quality of life. Fifty years later, interpreting this remains the responsibility of my fellow trustees and the Roy A. Hunt Foundation staff. As a foundation, we understand the value and connectedness of us all – as a family, as members of the community, and as instruments of change. Martin Luther King stated at his commencement address at Oberlin College, “All people are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.” We believe this sentiment holds true now more than ever and, the Roy A. Hunt Foundation remains committed to this.

In fiscal year 16/17, The Roy A. Hunt Foundation’s grantmaking was strengthened by the work we did across our three focus areas: Environment, Community Development, and Youth Violence Prevention. These focus areas continue to provide us an opportunity to make an impact in targeted, defined partner communities. To date, these initiatives have contributed $11.2million. We are also extremely proud that our International Development Committee made its first grant in this year. This cross-generational committee considers organizations that improve the health and self-development of women and girls in poverty in developing countries. Trustee-sponsored General Grants continue to provide vital support to organizations across the country in areas such as programming, capital, general operating, and scholarships.

Our Trustees studiously manage the resources that have flourished out of our founder’s initial gift to the foundation and we remain committed to searching out prudent, responsible investment options. Our endowment is currently $78.7million, with an increased portion committed to socially responsible investments.

Without our incredible partners, grantees, and colleagues, the work we do wouldn’t be possible. Thank you for ongoing support and interest in the Roy A. Hunt Foundation.

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

Sincerely,

Helen Hunt Bouscaren
FY17 Executive Committee Chair

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