Jon and Karen Huntsman Foundation: Grants for Utah

OVERVIEW: The Jon and Karen Huntsman Foundation supports higher education, cancer care, health, local community, and economic development in Utah.

FUNDING AREAS: Higher education, cancer care, health, local community, economic development

IP TAKE: Since the family patriarch’s death, the founders’ children may take a more active role in the foundation in the days ahead.

PROFILE: Established in 1988, the Jon and Karen Huntsman Foundation is a private family foundation based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Jon Huntsman founded the Huntsman Corporation, which is a global chemical and manufacturing product company. He and his wife, Karen, signed the Giving Pledge to show their commitment to philanthropy in 2010. They had eight children and were involved with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The foundation funds higher education, cancer care, health, local community, and economic development efforts.

The Jon and Karen Huntsman Foundation does not have a website to guide grantseekers. But as the co-founder of the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Utah, a significant portion of this foundation’s grants go towards health and cancer-related causes. Huntsman had prostate cancer and died of the disease in 2018 at the age of 80. His son, Peter Huntsman, also runs the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. The Huntsman family has also steady supported higher education institutions in Utah. Grants typically come in the form of general operating support.

Grants range between about $5,000 and $500,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking focuses on Utah, with many grants going to groups in Salt Lake City, Logan, Provo, and Orem. It awards some national grants as well. Past local grantees include the BYU Melvin J. Ballard Center, Ballet West, U of U Moran Eye Center, and the Utah Symphony.

This foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits and only funds pre-selected organizations. Direct general questions to the staff at 801-584-5700.

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