Faced with the financial meltdown no one seems to have predicted, we, like many others, had to revise our plans and focus our resources. Oddly enough I think this enabled a clearer view on what was important in our work and what was perhaps more peripheral…
To move along we focused on our partnerships and leverage to maximize impacts and stretch our cash further. We also focused more on taking calculated risks against stubborn challenges; in other words we gambled.
Often the gambles paid off, but occasionally we failed. And to the point of failure – If we simply did what others have always done, where would we be? Philanthropy is about taking risk, pushing the envelope and hopefully changing the dynamics of situations for the better. There are some exceptional people who support our Foundation, not least the Trustees both Jacqueline and Julie-Ann need singling out for their unerring commitment to help.
We are a small Foundation but with significant ambition, not for ourselves but for the young people and the families we serve. No child is ever born bad nor should any child be born into poverty and starvation. In Scotland the grip of poverty on our nation remains palpable, in Africa beyond belief in this day and age.
Our motivation is to do something about that and rightly or wrongly we believe economic investment may well be the key to poverty alleviation. As you will read here alongside for profit investors we are in the process of building a food oil factory in Rwanda. If we replicate the impact a similar investment had in Tanzania, one million people will be positively impacted by it in Rwanda; roughly one tenth of the population.
Need I say more?
To those we fund , thanks for delivering and keep on doing it.
Going forwards we will continue to focus on the Clinton Hunter Development Initiative in Rwanda and in the UK on enabling every child to be all they can be through our various investments.
The Hunter Foundation is imperfect; we learn by doing, we make mistakes. This report is dedicated to Campbell Hunter, Tom’s father, an inspiration to us all and a man I owe my job to.
Tom in the infancy of his philanthropy asked Campbell how to go about this philanthropy business and Campbell, quick as a flash said ‘exactly Tom treat it like a business now go and find yourself a chief executive and get on with it’.
We’re getting on with it.