is a two-generation family operating foundation based in Cambridge, MA with a
$20M annual budget. Its mission is to bring daring goals, distinctive
perspectives, innovative practices, and extraordinary talent to some of the
world’s most complex and injurious challenges. Since its founding in
Denver in 1981, the organization has devoted significant resources to social
change through a blend of grant-making and operating programs.
Led by its CEO and Chair, Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Hunt
Alternatives has five programmatic initiatives:
Advocating for full inclusion of all
stakeholders (particularly women) in peace and security processes, consulting
with governments, conducting field research, and providing leadership
development for women leaders in conflict zones around the world. (Institute for Inclusive Security)
Supporting entrepreneurial leaders of diverse
American social movements. (Prime Movers)
Finding innovative ways to advance women to the
highest levels of U.S. political leadership. (Political Parity)
Combatting the purchase of prostituted adults
and children in the United States. (Demand
Disseminating our model for strengthening arts
organizations for disadvantaged youth. (ARTWorks for Kids)
The foundation has also incubated several other successful
organizations, including Women Moving Millions and the Free for All Concert
Hunt Alternatives advances its mission by convening allies,
building partnerships, and engaging in high-level advocacy, training, research,
and program-related grantmaking. When possible, its actions are evidence-based
and its assessments are metric-based in order to achieve breakthrough
understanding and accomplish its goals.
Hunt Alternatives’ programmatic initiatives are supported by
an operating platform that includes communications, development, finance, human
resources, information technology and facilities, which also support Ambassador
Hunt’s other professional and personal activities. Hunt Alternatives employs 80
staff and is poised for significant growth.
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