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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.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the A. V. Hunter Trust is following the social distancing guidelines issued by the federal government.  The office is closed, all travel has been cancelled, and all staff are working remotely from their homes until April 30, at which time we will reassess the situation.


This will not affect our April 1, 2020 grant application and report deadline for nonprofit organizations that have been invited to submit a proposal.  Please hold any inquiries regarding eligibility of organizations that were not funded in the previous year until after the office reopens. 


The Funds for One Program to assist individuals will also continue, albeit at a slower pace.  Also, all deadlines for completing services in the Funds for One Program have been extended until December 1, 2020. 


Thank you for your patience as we face the challenge of this uncertain future together.

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.