Your donations go directly to support fellowships for our students. To make your tax-deductible contribution, please mail a check to:
Howard W. Hunter Foundation
3570 Landfair Road
Pasadena, CA 91107
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The Howard W. Hunter Foundation was founded in 2006 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt entity to raise funds in support of the Mormon Studies Program at Claremont Graduate University. With approval of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Hunter family, the Foundation honors the 14th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Howard W. Hunter. The Foundation has no paid staff, so 100% of all donations goes directly to support the Mormon Studies program at Claremont.
Thanks to the spontaneous service and donations of many of you, the Foundation has produced a gratifying early return – the only fully endowed graduate professorship of Mormon Studies in the world,right here at Claremont Graduate University: the Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies.
The Foundation now eyes a second major goal – endowing Mormon Studies fellowships to attract the very best religion students to Claremont. This goal includes fully endowing the Robert L. Millet Fellowship (for Claremont students seeking careers at BYU and in LDS seminaries and institutes), the Joseph and Marilyn Bentley Fellowship (for Claremont students pursuing Mormon Studies-inclusive careers at secular universities), and the Oi-Lin and Tei-Fu Chen Fund.
The first fellowship recipients are already out teaching, researching and helping believers and non-believers better understand Mormonism. With your help, many others will follow.
Robert L. Millet is an author of over 60 published works on Mormon topics. He is a professor emeritus of ancient scripture and emeritus Dean of Religious Education at Brigham Young University. Dr. Millet is notable, among other things, for promoting interfaith professional exchanges with Evangelical scholars.
The Robert L. Millet Fund supports students planning careers as professional employees of the Church in (for example) the LDS Seminaries and Institutes.
Joseph and Marilyn Bentley are residents of Orange County and were the earliest prime movers for the Mormon Studies program at CGU. “Joe” is a retired partner at the international law firm of Latham & Watkins. He served as an LDS Stake President in the Newport Beach Stake and thereafter as a Regional Representative for the LDS Church. Currently, the Bentleys serve as the President and Matron of the Newport Beach Temple.
The Joseph & Marilyn Bentley Fund supports students in Mormon Studies with other professional objectives, for example, on college and university faculties, or as publicists, where they can provide reliable and authoritative information about the LDS Church and people.
Drs. Oi-Lin and Tei-Fu Chen are the founders of Sunrider International, a multinational health & wellness company based in the Los Angeles area. Dr. Tei-Fu Chen, a world-renowned herbalist with a degree in pharmacy, and his wife, Dr. Oi-Lin Chen, a licensed medical doctor, founded Sunrider in 1982. Now, Drs. Chen and their five children are leading Sunrider to its next chapter of global expansion.
The Chen Family is committed to a variety of education and human development causes around the world. They sponsored the 2016 Religious Freedom Conference at Claremont Graduate University, and the Drs. Oi-Lin and Tei-Fu Chen Fund supports student fellowships.