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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. 


LATEST UPDATES IN OUR PUBLIC POLICY WORK
Testimony Regarding HB 5583 An Act Concerning A Tax Credit for Employers That Employ Individuals Convicted of a Felony and Allowing Access to the Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit by Certain Businesses

The Hartford Foundation submitted testimony to the legislature’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee on Monday, March 2 in support of House Bill 5583, An Act Concerning A Tax Credit for Employers That Employ Individuals Convicted of a Felony and Allowing Access to the Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit by Certain Businesses. [...]

Testimony Regarding HB 5531 An Act Concerning Enhanced Employment Opportunities for Incarcerated Individuals

On Wednesday, March 28, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving offered testimony to the legislature’s Judiciary Committee in support of House Bill 5531, An Act Concerning Enhanced Employment Opportunities for Incarcerated Individuals. [...]

Hartford Foundation Legislative Testimony on Senate BIll 6, An Act Implementing the Governor's Budget Recommendations for General Government

On Wednesday, March 28, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving offered testimony to the General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee in support of provisions in Senate Bill 6: An Act Implementing the Governor’s Budget Recommendations for General Government. [...]

Hartford Foundation Joins Philanthropic Organizations Throughout the Nation in Support of a Fair and Accurate 2020 Census

The Hartford Foundation joined 120 of the nation’s largest and oldest nonpartisan philanthropic organizations and submitted a letter to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross to support the Census Bureau’s efforts to achieve a fair and accurate census. [...]

Hartford Foundation Testimony on HB 5517 An Act Concerning Executive Branch Data Management and Processes

On Monday, March 19, 2018, Hartford Foundation Research and Community Indicators director Scott Gaul testified before the legislature’s General Administration and Elections Committee. [...]

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