Sir Tom Hunter

founder the hunter foundation

Sir Tom Hunter and his wife, Marion, established The Hunter Foundation in 1998 which has donated millions to supporting educational and entrepreneurial projects in Scotland. In 2001, he coined the term “venture philanthropy” – using his investment pledges to leverage more cash from others to invest with him and becoming involved in the strategic delivery of the initiatives he backed. In July 2007 it was reported that Sir Tom had pledged to donate a further £1 billion to charity. He credits his father as his inspiration, saying he taught him the importance of giving back. When receiving the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, he said “he totally understood that he could make a living only if the community prospered”. 

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