Swanee Hunt Family Foundation: Grants for Global Security

OVERVIEW: The Massachusetts-based Swanee Hunt Family Foundation supports programs that intend to build a more inclusive global security and peacebuilding environment, with a particular focus on women.

IP TAKE: This foundation may not accept unsolicited requests for funding, but it is approachable. Grantseekers would do well to remember that Hunt looks to support collaborative projects. Projects that do not feature a cooperative element to their work may not have much luck here.

PROFILE: Swanee Hunt, the daughter of the late H.L. Hunt, a Dallas billionaire who amassed his wealth in oil, supports progressive projects that focus on women’s empowerment, the rights of migrating populations, and building a more inclusive global security environment. 

The Swanee Hunt Family Foundation and Hunt Alternatives , though two separate organizations, work on a consolidated basis. According to Hunt's CFO Kate Sears: “We operate our two foundations on a consolidated basis.  Hunt Alternatives, an operating foundation, is an outgrowth of the original Swanee Hunt Family Foundation.” Due to the absence of women among peace talk negotiators (less than nine percent), the foundation created the Inclusive Security program. It is laser-focused on expanding the presence and influence of women in peacebuilding efforts around the world. Main areas of interest include influencing policy, equipping women with global security skills and knowledge. In addition, the foundation also focuses on increasing women’s access to peacebuilding decision makers in order to “share vital insights from the heart of war zones” and how these insights relate to women. 

Hunt is not a traditional funder. While it makes a few grants a year, it dedicates the majority of its funds to programs that it operates itself. It supports numerous progressive causes, such as abolishing the sex-slave industry in the U.S. and advocating for the “[f]ull participation of all stakeholders, especially women, in the peace process.”

The Swanee Hunt Family Foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for funding or grant applications.


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