Sustaining what works

In 2014, the Hartford Foundation and its Board of Directors announced its decision to engage in a broad range of public policy activity. These efforts are grounded and guided by our mission and values, and support our strategic goals by making full use of the philanthropic tools that we have at our disposal.

By being more intentional in the public policy arena, we believe our investments can become more far-reaching, sustainable and responsive to the root causes of critical community issues.

As a community foundation, we are uniquely positioned to provide leadership and serve as a bridge between our many partners and our state agency and legislative policymakers. We can share the learning from our investments and our collaborations, and bring the local and regional perspective on early childhood and K-12 education issues to our state government.

The Foundation’s public policy activities range from convening diverse voices around a particular issue, to forming strategic relationships, to lobbying.

Our staff has deep knowledge and experience and is often invited to participate in statewide policymaking workgroups, coalitions and collaborations that affect our region. 

Below, you will find our latest policy updates and work. We encourage you to check back regularly. Together, we can ensure that Connecticut sustains well-informed policies and best practices that support thriving children, families and communities in our region.

Demonstrating our community leadership through advocacy, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is a registered lobbyist with the Connecticut Office of State Ethics and is subject to federal and state rules relevant to lobbying. 

Hartford Foundation Submits Testimony in Opposition to House Bill 7322, An Act Concerning State and Local Revenue

The Foundation voiced its opposition to a specific provision within the bill that seeks to repeal the sales tax exemption for nonprofits. [...]

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. [...]

Hartford Foundation Testimony on the Office of Early Childhood, and Universal Preschool

On Monday, March 6, the Hartford Foundation submitted testimony to the legislature's Education Committee on two Senate Bills. [...]

Hartford Foundation Testimony Regarding S.B. 752, An Act Concerning Housing Segregation

Connecticut has been a leader in open data, but there is a conspicuous gap in the availability of data on housing which inhibits planning and action at the local, regional and state levels. [...]

Hartford Foundation Testimony Regarding S.B. 873, An Act Concerning A Two-Generational Initiative

The testimony cites our work as an active member of the statewide Two-Generational Policy Workgroup. [...]

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