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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 $75 million in donations to Colorado nonprofit organizations and individuals in need.

Who Should Apply for Funding?

The A.V. Hunter Trust provides funding throughout the state of Colorado through:

Grants to qualifying nonprofit organizations offering direct services to

assist those in need, including:

  • Disabled

  • Indigent

  • Seniors

  • Youth

Funds for One to assist qualified individuals with the purchase of

eyeglasses, hearing aids, durable medical equipment, and limited dental procedures through applications from a Case Manager.