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. 

Engaging Citizens from the Ground Up: Hartford Foundation Announces Get Out The Vote Initiative

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has launched a nonpartisan Get Out The Vote initiative for Greater Hartford. [...]

Capital Workforce Partners and the BEST Chance Partnership Receive $400,000 Grant from Hartford Foundation to Support Jobs Program for Returning Citizens

Capital Workforce Partners and the BEST Chance Partnership are excited to announce that the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving will provide $400,000 in funding to serve returning citizens with career services, workforce training, job placement/retention and support services in the Capitol Region. [...]

Hartford Foundation Staff Appointed to State Legislative Advisory Groups on Housing Opportunities for Returning Citizens and Connecticut Data Analysis Technology

While providing legislative testimony or lobbying legislators on specific proposals are often the most visible forms of public policy engagement, there is a broad range of activities that can shape policy. [...]

Hartford Foundation Sponsors Report on K-12 School District Regionalization

Report finds mixed results in school regionalization efforts and calls for consideration of deconsolidation of larger districts [...]

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving’s 2018 Legislative Session Wrap Up

The 2018 Legislative Session of the Connecticut Legislative Session adjourned on May 9. [...]

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