Hunt Family Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Hunt Family Foundation 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 largely focuses on 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.

PROFILE: Established in 1987, the Hunt Family Foundation is the foundation of Woody Hunt, who serves as executive chairman of Hunt Companies, a holding company that invests in business focused in the real estate and infrastructure markets. 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.

The Hunt Family Foundation 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 foundation has also provided large grants to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, Texas Tech Foundation, and UT El Paso.

Grants are often a few thousand dollars, but others are well into the millions of dollars. The foundation does not have an online grants database, but it does share grantmaking news on its website. Grantmaking focuses on a specific geographic region called Paso del Norte in the Southwes,t which includes El Paso County in Texas; Doña Ana County in New Mexico, Otero County in New Mexico, and Ciudad Juárez in Chihuahua, México.

The Hunt Family Foundation accepts grant applications between January 1 and April 1 and then makes its decisions by September 15. It accepts unsolicited grant applications via online system. Direct general questions to the foundation staff at 915-747-4294 or via online form.

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