We focus on our partnerships and leverage to maximize impacts and stretch our cash further. We also take calculated risks against stubborn challenges; in other words we gamble – in an educated manner.
Often the gambles pay off, but occasionally we fail. And to the point of failure – If we simply did what others have always done, where would we be? Philanthropy is about taking risks, 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 who 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.
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 Tom consistently says the best possible social policy ever written is a decent paid job.
Need I say more?
To those we fund , thanks for delivering and keep on doing it.
Going forwards we will continue to focus 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 Foundation 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.