The A.V. Hunter Trust - Colorado's Oldest Private Foundation


These are the words that successful businessman and philanthropist Absalom Valentine (A.V.) Hunter wrote in a codicil to his will in March 1920, when he decided to leave half of his estate to help those in need.

Mr. Hunter was far less renowned than his fellow contemporaries, but he amassed a fortune greater than many of those more famous personalities from Colorado's colorful past.  Nearly a century later, A.V. Hunter's commitment to helping those less fortunate continues to have a profound impact on the lives of millions of Coloradans.

Upon his death in 1924, the A.V. Hunter Trust was formed with an original endowment of $1.3 million.  The Trust has matured under strong fiscal management, resulting in more than $81 million in donations to Colorado nonprofit organizations and individuals in need.

COVID 19 Update


The A.V. Hunter Trust staff is working remotely while our office is closed.  All travel has been cancelled until further notice.  Any updates will be posted here on our website, so please check back occasionally for the latest information. 


Funds for One


The Trust continues to accept applications for the Funds for One Program to assist qualified individuals with the purchase of eyeglasses, hearing aids, durable medical equipment, and limited dental procedures.


Organization Grants


The Trust is not currently accepting letters of inquiry or proposals for grants to organizations that were not funded last year.  Please hold any inquiries regarding eligibility until after the office reopens. 


For those organizations that were funded last year, grant application and report deadlines have not changed. 


Thank you for your patience as we work through this together.  


If you have further questions, please email: news@avhuntertrust.org