Hunt Family Foundation: Southwest Grants

OVERVIEW: The Hunt Family Foundation was established in 1987 by Woody Hunt and his wife Gayle, and supports nonprofit organizations and initiatives that focus on the Paso del Norte region which includes El Paso County, Texas, Southern New Mexico, and Juarez, Mexico. Grantmaking focuses on issues like healthcare and education.

FUNDING AREAS: Regional Economic Development, Healthcare, Education, Arts, Local Heritage, Quality of Life Initiatives

IP TAKE: Organizations working outside of this funder's geographic priority area will have to demonstrate their impact in the foundation's preferred region. The foundation has a strong web presence with clear guidelines for grantseekers.

PROFILE: Woody Hunt serves as executive chairman of Hunt Companies, a holding company that invests in business focused in the real estate and infrastructure markets. Woody and his wife Gayle founded the Hunt Family Foundation in 1987. The Hunts and other family members help steer the foundation today. The foundation primarily focuses on healthcare, education, arts, local heritage, quality-of-life initiatives, and regional economic development.

Grantmaking focuses on a specific geographic region called Paso del Norte in the Southwest which includesEl Paso County, Texas; Doña Ana County, New Mexico; Otero County, New Mexico; and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México. In a recent tax year, the foundation did a little over $4 million in grantmaking to quite a few organizations. Many grants were in the 4 to 5 figure range, but a few exceeded that number.

The foundation gave a $25 million gift to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso to establish the Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine. Other major gifts from the foundation include a $10 million gift to Texas Tech Foundation at the start of the decade, and a $5 million gift a few years ago to UT El Paso.

The Hunt Family Foundation also steadily supports places like El Paso Children's Hospital, El Paso Community Foundation, El Paso Museum of Art, St. Mark's School, Medical Center of the Americas Foundation, and Paso del Norte Children's Development Center. A $1 million grant to El Paso Community Foundation, for instance, helped provide scholarships for El Paso Community College students.

The Hunt Family Foundation accepts grant applications in the early part of the year and makes its decisions by September.

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