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Stories of giving


Our donors share what inspires their philanthropy and how giving has impacted their own richness of life.

The Foundation is continuously inspired by the compassion, kindness, and everyday generosity of the Greater Hartford region. We hope you will explore, be inspired, and share your own stories with us.

Larry Lunden wants to serve and preserve his community.

STORY — Lawrence Lunden is a fascinating person and a joyful soul. His experiences are as diverse as his interests. [...]

The Lyman B. Brainerd Family Foundation Fund: Turning your family foundation into a donor-advised fund.

STORY — As a young man, Dick Brainerd witnessed his father’s successes—and the generosity that accompanied them. [...]

"I want the Garmany name to be synonymous with music and the arts in Greater Hartford."

STORY — Before his death in 2008, through his will, Garmany provided for a donor-advised fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. He designated his friend and former roommate David Polk as the fund advisor. [...]

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