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We work with donors, nonprofits and community leaders to put resources into action for Greater Hartford.

For 90 years, we have advanced equity and opportunity in our 29-town region. The map below illustrates the reach of our grants over the past five years, supporting over 650 nonprofits and those they serve.

We serve 29 towns in Greater Hartford.
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Metro Hartford Progress Points

Developed by a group of key regional stakeholders, Metro Hartford Progress Points looks at progress in our region and asks the question, "what can we do differently?"


Partnering with people invested in our community

Our donors bring a wide range of interests, convictions and ambitions to the table. We listen to and work closely with them to determine the type of fund that best suits their circumstances and philanthropic goals.

Scholarship Program

Browse our directory of scholarships for Greater Hartford students.

Join a Giving Circle

Collectively examine issues, support solutions.

Explore Your Options for Philanthropy

Funds that reflect your interests and intentions.

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"The core definition of philanthropy is 'love of humankind' and there are stories about everyday philanthropy all around us. We want to raise them up and shine a light on them."


Always learning from others

Every meaningful process starts with listening. We are committed to encouraging new ideas and new ways of collaborating as we respond to the highest, most pressing needs in the communities we serve.

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"No one can do this work alone. Now, more than ever, relationships and partnerships drive every strategy, process and effort to advance our region."


Supporting those who do good work in the region

A diverse community calls for diversified investments. From building the capacity of nonprofits, to supporting the next generation of leaders, we are proud to put resources behind meaningful efforts.

Nonprofit Support Program Building effective and strong nonprofits
Scholarship Directory Achieve your goal of a college education
Start the Grant Seeking Process Nonprofits: Learn about requirements and steps
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Building a thriving community is a long term endeavor. 

Our carefully managed endowment guarantees the endurance of our resources and the progress it supports. Its strength allows us to protect tomorrow's assets while steadfastly addressing today's needs.


New and noteworthy

Mar 22, 2017 Hartford Foundation Testimony For S.B. 752, An Act Concerning Housing Segregation

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving submitted testimony for S.B. 752, An Act Concerning Housing Segregation, for a public hearing being held by the General Assembly’s Planning and Development Committee today.

Mar 17, 2017 A Farewell Message From Linda J. Kelly

Hartford Foundation president Linda J. Kelly retires today, after 11+ years of service to our foundation.

Mar 17, 2017 24 Years of Service: Our Interview With Hartford Foundation Volunteer Dick Cave

We spoke with Dick Cave ahead of his retirement at the end of the month, about how things have changed at the foundation during his 2+ decades here.

Mar 13, 2017 East Hartford Public Schools Receives Nearly $812,000 in Grants from Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to Support Parent, Community Partnership and Early Childhood Efforts

The district's Teaching and Learning Center will serve as a "one stop" center to support student and family needs.

Mar 7, 2017 Hartford Foundation Sponsors 6th Annual Greater Hartford Reentry Employment and Resource Fair

Every year in Connecticut, more than 10,000 individuals are released back into the community from one of our correctional institutions.

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Stay informed—and involved.

The Hartford Foundation is pleased to fund a variety of resources, that can help you stay informed about important community news, access local services you need, and find meaningful volunteer opportunities.


This is the community’s vision of philanthropy.

Newton C. and Elsie B. Brainard Fund

This fund's advisory committee works with health care providers to help cover the costs of medical care for qualified individuals.

Having trouble paying medical bills from a serious illness? You may be eligible for help through your medical provider and the Brainard Fund. Learn more.
Black Giving Circle Fund

The Black Giving Circle Fund's mission is to create sustainable change in the Black community by leveraging the philanthropic efforts of donors and celebrating Black philanthropy.

Celebrating community, understanding the issues and supporting lasting solutions, together. Join the conversation and become a charter member of our new giving circle.
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New Funds and Planned Gifts

Each year, the Hartford Foundation partners with generous individuals, families, and organizations to improve the quality of life across the region.


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