The Black Giving Circle Fund: Join a powerful and positive force for good in our region.


Mission: To create sustainable change in the Black community by leveraging philanthropic efforts of donors and celebrating Black philanthropy.

Interested in learning about the critical issues facing our region, meeting new people who share your commitment, and determining grants to help tackle those issues? The Black Giving Circle Fund provides that opportunity.

In September 2014, the community came together to celebrate Black philanthropy in Greater Hartford. Many passion-filled community discussions followed, reflecting a desire to affect change through collaborative giving. From these discussions was born a permanent endowed fund, the Black Giving Circle Fund on June 1, 2015.


How does it work?


Black Giving Circle Fund members attend three meetings each year.

At the first two, members learn about a topic they have chosen and hear about promising programs that are addressing the issue in our community. The first grant year was in 2016. The grant topic was literacy proficiency for Black children, birth through third grade.


Members review grant applications from area nonprofits.

At the final meeting, members vote on which programs to fund.


Members make a contribution to the fund on a yearly basis.

Membership runs from January 1 through December 31 of each year. You can join at any time. An annual minimum contribution of $365, is required to vote at the grant meeting. Contributions are tax deductible.


Are you ready to join people from across the region who share the values of thoughtful giving?

Join the Black Giving Circle Fund online or print this form and mail in with your check (make checks payable to HFPG Inc., and notate in the memo Black Giving Circle Fund and the year of membership). Member information will be sent to you shortly.


Black Giving Circle Topics

2017: Financial Education for Children and Youth

2016: Literacy proficiency for Black children, birth through third grade (inaugural grant year)


The Black Giving Circle Fund Announces Successful Fundraising Campaign

Black Giving Circle Fund Raises $25,000 Making It Eligible for Matching $25,000 Contribution from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. [...]

Joint Giving Circle Event Explores “The Power of the Giving Circle: From Collective Giving to Collective Impact”

More than 30 members of Hartford Foundation’s Black Giving Circle Fund, Catalyst Endowment Fund, and Latino Endowment Fund came together to share their experiences in collective giving, what motivates them to be involved. [...]

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