“One of my favorite sayings is from St. Augustine, and he said, ‘If you have more than you need, then you have someone else’s.’” –Elsie Harp
A gift from a favorite aunt inspired Elwyn and Elsie Harp to follow the personal example of generosity that she set.
As Elsie remembers it, “With [her gift] came a note that she wanted to share some of her good fortune.” Elsie said it made a lasting impression on her and Elwyn: “I thought, what a wonderful thing to do .... And that’s what started us on the road to giving.”
Like their aunt, the Harps established a charitable fund at the Hartford Foundation. And they encouraged their children to follow in their family’s philanthropic footsteps.
“I think you, by example, can get people to think to help others when they’re able to,” Elwyn said. “You help your neighbor because you may need help yourself one day.”
This fund supports a variety of nonprofit programs in the Greater Hartford area. You can contribute to this fund here.