In conversations across the region, I’ve experienced tremendous hope and willingness to work together to try new solutions. We need this mindset now more than ever.
It is the pursuit of what is possible, rather than what is certain or guaranteed, that will lead to transformative change for our communities.
Most great accomplishments are rife with uncertainty. When we approach life’s challenges with a mindset of possibility and embrace the learning journey, we are able to stretch our imaginations and efforts beyond the status quo. Not every effort will succeed, but that’s okay. We must continue learning and acting.
We all know that our region is facing unprecedented challenges. As Albert Einstein famously asserted, “We can’t solve problems using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” My aspiration for the Hartford Foundation is to help launch us into a new era by leading differently. Together, we’ll try and discover new ways of solving problems, and partner in new ways with donors, nonprofits, municipal leaders, and residents.
As the largest community foundation in the state, we are privileged to steward sizeable resources. We have the responsibility to protect the legacy entrusted to us by donors, and at the same time, use our assets effectively to live our mission. We can and will do both.
What possibilities do you see? Dream big. Challenge us. Bring us your talents, ideas, information, resources, and most importantly, your willingness to pursue all that is greater, together.