We look for ways to help support girls, woman, artists, grassroots organizations such as shelters and places that empower girls and women such as Aura International and Crossroads.
Aura International seeks to empower, support and educate women and girls worldwide. Through grassroots programs and sustainable projects with like-minded organizations, they work to advance the human rights of women and girls in both the developed and developing world and promote gender equality.
Crossroads International works to create a more equitable and sustainable world by engaging and strengthening individuals, organizations and communities through mutual learning, solidarity and collective action with a vision to where poverty is eliminated, equality prevails and the rights of women and girls are fulfilled.
For more on who we support, please visit our website.
Photo: Crossroads International
Within the Environmental portfolio, we support three areas: Protection of wildlife species, Stewardship of land, and Organizations that fight to change the laws so that environmental areas can be protected. All organizations must be based in Ontario.
Within our Environmental portfolio, we support three areas: Protection of wildlife species, Stewardship of land, and Organizations that fight to change the laws so that environmental areas can be protected. All organizations must be based in Ontario.
The video above is of releasing baby turtles at Rondeau park. This project supports the preservation of Fresh Water Turtles through Wildlife Preservation Canada
In total, the K.M. Hunter Foundation has donated $11,500 to the Toronto Public Library. Starting in 2012, our donations have been designated to the LGBTQ collection which now houses about 4,000 titles. Photo above: Zoe Whittall’s book, Bottle Rocket Hearts.
On Giving Tuesday there are so many worthy causes give to. At the K.M. Hunter Foundation we believe that charity begins at home, right here in Ontario.
Local charities, doing local or international work, depend on our support to do their good works. Think global, donate local.
The K.M. Hunter Foundation is grateful for the work of Wildlife Preservation Canada, saving animal species at risk from extinction. They specialize in science-based techniques such as conservation breeding and release, reintroduction and translocation. As the only organization in Canada to provide this critical service, they do so for multiple species in multiple recovery efforts across the country. They work in collaboration with appointed recovery teams, federal and provincial ministries and parks, habitat-oriented charities and land trusts, zoos, universities, colleges and local grassroots volunteer groups.
“The wetlands along Lake Erie’s shoreline hold some of Canada’s most threatened species, and without the support of the K.M. Hunter Foundation, many of the endangered turtle species would continue to decline at drastic rates, possibly to the point of no return. Since funding began for the turtle headstarting program, we’ve continued to break annual records for the amount of turtle hatchings that we’ve saved from predation and other environmental threats. For turtle species that take 15-20 years to reach sexual maturity, this type of jump-start at rebuilding the wild population will have a lasting impact for decades to come.” –Sarah Matheson, Wildlife Preservation Canada.
To make a direct donation to their work or find out more, click here.
The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Awards Office administers the nomination process for the K. M. Hunter Artist Awards. OAC juries nominate candidates from OAC project grant programs that accept applications from professional artists in each of the Award categories. The K. M. Hunter Charitable Foundation convenes six juries to select the winners of the awards.
In 2016 the K.M. Hunter Foundation supported the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. This video highlights some of the work they are doing in Jamaica. Share the love.
Toronto’s YWCA recently held a conference on the Future of Affordable Housing featuring Etaine Cain, Margie Carlson, Sean Gadon & Tim Hackburn. Thank you for such a meaningful discussion! The K.M. Hunter Foundation continues to be a proud supporter of Winona’s place at the YWCA, providing safe housing for Aboriginal women.
The official opening of the new Casey House on Jarvis Street. An amazing building opening that attracted big names like John Tory, Kathleen Wynne and Rick Mercer!
Since the 90’s, the K. M. Hunter Foundation has been a financial supporter of their work. Casey House has a special place in our hearts because it was one of the first places where people dealing with HIV aids were treated with dignity, compassion and without judgement at a time when fear and lack of public awareness created a very challenging environment for those that were dealing with the unfolding of the HIV/AIDS crisis in the during the early 80’s.
Rainbow Railroad focuses on assisting LGBT people who have faced physical violence or face an imminent threat of violence, imprisonment, or death. They receives hundreds of requests for help every year from countries where LGBT individuals are open targets of violence. At any given time, Rainbow Railroad is working on 30-50 open cases, confirming their details, putting them in touch with local resources and helping them identify safe routes for escape. As the situation worsens in many parts of the world, these numbers continue to grow.
They have been successful in helping individuals from the Caribbean, Africaa, Middle East and Chechnya where they have local networks to support and validate cases. Sarah Hunter who oversees the K.M. Hunter Foundation) notes, “Their original appeal was to fund one person to safety at a cost of $5,000 and in an unprecedented move our board of directors unanimously voted to support their work that year. This year our contribution went towards helping relocate an LGBT Chechnyan.”
K.M. Hunter Foundation has been a supporter of Rainbow Railroad for the past three years for a total of $15,000. Last year, the Foundation donated over $370,000 in grants to community-based projects. If you can make a donation to Rainbow Railroad, please do.