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History of the K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation

 

Kenneth Martin Hunter was born in 1903 on a farm near the village of Cardinal in eastern Ontario. He came to Toronto at the age of eighteen and after qualifying as a chartered accountant went to work as secretary-treasurer of the Buntin Reid Paper Company, one of the larger paper merchants in the country. He subsequently became President and chief shareholder of the company where he remained until he retired at the age of 70

Wishing to give back to the community in which he had prospered, on Jan 25, 1967,  the K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation was incorporated. The original areas of funding included Medical research, the Presbyterian Church, and social service agencies. After his death in 1991 his two sons Martin and William took over the management of the foundation.

     

They continued to support the two original areas of major interest but also began to fund organizations and projects in the fields of nature conservancy, international development and cultural activities.

After his death in 1991 his two sons Martin and William took over the management of the foundation. They continued to support the two original areas of major interest but also began to fund organizations and projects in the fields of nature conservancy, international development and cultural activities.

At the end of 2003, the foundation was divided. Martin Hunter remained president of the original K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation in Toronto, which continued to fund social service, conservation and cultural initiatives. W.T. Hunter became President of the Peterborough K.M Hunter Charitable Foundation, which funds medical research and international development.

The K. M. Hunter Charitable Foundation in Toronto is now co-run by members of the extended Hunter Family. Guy Hunter handles the social services portfolio; Sarah Hunter handles the cultural portfolio and Judith Hunter and Douglas Hart handle decisions related to the environmental portfolio. In 2005 Sarah Hunter became chief Arts Administrator and handles the day to day managing of the Foundation. Sarah Hunter and Martin Hunter share the responsibilities of administrating the K.M. Hunter Artist Awards each year.

The Board is made up of family members. Martin Hunter is President, Sarah Hunter is Vice President, Douglas Hart is Secretary and Guy Hunter is Treasurer. Judith Hunter is a director. Group decisions are made by the Board, which meets 2 to 3 times a year.