Roy A. Hunt Foundation

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"In the early 1900s, Roy A. Hunt worked his way up from mill clerk to president of Alcoa, the company his father helped found. He established the Roy A. Hunt Foundation in 1966 as an endowed resource so that future generations could be involved in charitable giving as a family." [1]

"Roy Arthur Hunt and his wife, Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt, established the Hunt Foundation in 1951. Following the passing of Mr. Hunt in 1966, his will created the Roy A. Hunt Foundation. The two merged in 1994, however the original mission of the Hunt Foundation endures – to support organizations that strive to improve the quality of life. The Foundation’s early grants went to schools that family members attended and to nonprofits for which they volunteered. From 1960 to 1993, about half of the giving went to the development and annual support of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation at Carnegie Mellon University. As more family members became Trustees, the grantmaking diversified to new communities and organizations.

"Starting in 1996, the Foundation set aside money for grant programs that represent interest areas which the Trustees have in common. These have included:

  • Three ongoing Special Initiatives in Community Development, the Environment, and Youth Violence Prevention
  • The Next Generation Fund, a tool for Roy and Rachel’s great-grandchildren to learn and practice philanthropy
  • A multi-year partnership with the Henry P. Kendall Foundation and the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) in the late 1990s. The collaboration funded NPCA’s Business Plan Initiative, a joint venture with the U.S. National Park Service. MBA students from top U.S. business schools paired with National Park Service managers and staff to improve the short and long-term management of financial resources within each park. Building on the knowledge and insight gained through the initiative, NPCA formally established the Center for Park Management in 2002." [2]



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  1. Roy A. Hunt Foundation Home, organizational web page, accessed May 7, 2012.
  2. Roy A. Hunt Foundation About, organizational web page, accessed May 7, 2012.