Collaboration, Commitment, and Community.

This is an unprecedented time, for the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and our entire community. Many of the longstanding challenges exacerbated by the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism lingered through 2021 and persist today. Amid these challenges, a myriad of opportunities lie ahead, and we are standing shoulder to shoulder with our community partners—nonprofits, donors, and other stakeholders—to seize upon them.

Over these two remarkable years, our work has progressed and is now defined by two strategic priorities: helping to dismantle structural racism and achieving equity in social and economic mobility for Black and Latiné residents. These are lofty goals that require collaboration, a steadfast commitment, and a long-term approach; they go straight to the heart of living our mission of putting philanthropy into action to create lasting solutions that result in vibrant communities within the Greater Hartford region.

As an organization, we too are a “work in progress,” listening closely to residents, donors, and nonprofits that are more proximate to the issues we seek to address. In 2021, we renewed partnerships with many nonprofits and co-funders, but also forged new relationships with dozens of organizations embedded in neighborhoods across the region. We are also on our own DEI journey, learning from our past and fully committed to creating a more diverse, equitable and and inclusive Hartford Foundation, now and into the future.

As your community foundation, we are here for good, with a $1.2 billion endowment, making on average $42.8 million in grants (over the past five years) that touch the lives of hundreds of thousands of our region’s residents. In the pages that follow, you will read about an array of investments that support our neighbors in each of five outcome areas: from housing and employment to raising resident voices, the arts and, as always, ensuring people have the basic necessities of life. You’ll also learn about the generosity of our donors, who created more than 80 new funds in 2021. We hope these stories will inspire you to stay connected with the Hartford Foundation for years to come.

Jay Williams
President and CEO

Theodore S. Sergi
Chair, Board of Directors