Promoting a healthy society where innovation and an entrepreneurial mindset drive solutions to complex social issues

The Hunter Family Foundation is a private foundation based in Calgary, Alberta and established in 1984.

The Foundation supports the development and advancement of free market economies through the application of entrepreneurial thinking to ensure a healthy social fabric as the foundation of the community.


A healthy society where innovation and an entrepreneurial mindset drive solutions for complex social issues.


To make impactful donations to innovative organizations and causes that demonstrate entrepreneurial thinking and that resonate with the Hunter family.


Some of the initiatives that the Hunter Family Foundation has funded include

Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship
Faculty of Business, University of Calgary

Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking
for campus wide access to entrepreneurial thinking, University of Calgary

Calgary Counselling Centre

Fraser Institute


Junior Achievement

Stampede Foundation
(SAM Building)

Dare to Care

Emerging Adult Mental Health Research Project
access document here

Change Can't Wait
(City of Calgary)

Montreal Economic Institute

The Hub.ca

Windmill Microlending

Institute for Liberal Studies

Frontier Center

Microbiome and Mental Illness Program
University of Calgary

Converge Mental Health
download case study

Venture for Canada

McDonald Laurier Institute

Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation

Futurpreneur Canada
Ohpikiwin Series

Funding Approach

The Foundation supports programs which meet a significant need within the community through entrepreneurial & innovative programs that provides a “hand-up” rather than “hand-out”. We look favorably upon collaboration and cooperation with other organizations working together.

Grants will be allocated only to registered charitable organizations as identified by Canada Revenue Agency. The Foundation will provide grants focused on the Calgary region unless otherwise determined by the Board of Trustees.

We Support

Entrepreneurial Thinking

Health & Wellness

Free Markets

We Do Not Support

Anti Fossil Fuel Initiatives

Religious Activities

Deficit Reduction

Equipment Purchases

Building or Renovations

Projects Delivered Outside the U.S. & Canada

Application Process

Those seeking funding may submit the following on-line application form. The deadline for applications is October 30th each year. Only those receiving grants will be notified in the mail by mid-December of the granting year.


Press the button below to fill out an application


We will thoroughly review your application


If we your application is chosen or we need additional information we will contact you



Will my application be acknowledged?

We do not acknowledge when an application has been submitted.


What are the chances of getting a grant?

Even if your project meets the basic criteria, it will most certainly be competing with other very worthwhile community projects. In any given year, with the limited funds that may be available to the Foundation due to multi-year commitments, a project may be declined.


When will I be notified if my application is granted?

Funding decisions are typically made in the later part of November. Only those receiving grants will be notified in the mail by mid-December of the granting year.


How can I arrange a meeting with the Hunter Family Foundation?

An email is the best way to make an enquiry. We will make our best effort to answer your questions. As a small family operation, we prefer to receive information on your project and then determine if a meeting would be helpful.

  • V. Diane Hunter, President

  • H. Douglas Hunter, Trustee

  • Derrick Hunter, Trustee

  • Adam Hunter, Trustee


Attn: Dani Hunter, Executive Assistant


Hunter Family Foundation
2010,150 - 9 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2P 3H9