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.

Who Should Apply for Funding?

The A.V. Hunter Trust has a reach that is state-wide and includes urban, suburban and rural areas of Colorado.


The Trust provides:

  • Assistance to individuals for the purchase of Hearing Aids, Eyeglasses, Limited Dental Procedures, and Durable Medical Equipment through the Funds for One Program.  Applications are accepted from a Referring Professional.  Click here for more information about Funds for One.

  • Grants to qualifying nonprofit organizations offering direct services to assist those in need, including:

    • Youth

    • Seniors

    • Disabled

    • Indigent

Please note:  The A.V. Hunter Trust is not currently accepting letters of inquiry or proposals for grants to organizations that were not funded last year.  Please check back here for updates on this policy.

Click here for more information on organization grants.

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