We are driven by what we believe in.

In 2013, the Hartford Foundation adopted a new mission statement to better reflect who we are today and our hopes for our organization and the communities we serve.

The process of redrafting our Mission statement and developing our 2016-2018 Strategic Plan also helped us to craft, refine and affirm a set of Core Values. These statements define how we live our Mission and the principles we believe in.

We feel our new Mission and Core Values are inspirational as well as aspirational; they will serve as guides by which we measure our work today, and provide a vision for our future.

Our Mission

Putting philanthropy into action to create lasting solutions that result in vibrant communities within the Greater Hartford region.

Our Core Values


We listen to the voices of our communities and convene, connect and catalyze positive and enduring social change.


Innovation and Responsiveness

We promote and explore new ideas and innovative ways of working as we respond to the most pressing needs in the communities we serve.


Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

We seek and embrace the participation and perspectives of people and communities that reflect who we are as a region and we are committed to ensuring that all residents in the region have the opportunity to thrive.



We cannot do this work alone. We are committed to seek partnerships with communities and nonprofit, private and public entities.



We embrace and promote individual and organizational learning and improvement.



We pursue positive community outcomes and use measures of success to set expectations and guide action.



We uphold the community’s trust by striving to preserve, protect and grow our resources.



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