The COVID-19 Response Fund

In March 2020, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving launched the COVID-19 Response Fund to rapidly deploy resources to support the residents who are most significantly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The Fund is designed to complement the work of federal, state and municipal government efforts and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible.

To date, the COVID-19 Response Fund has received support of $3.55 million thanks to contributions from the following generous individuals, corporations and donor-advised-funds:

Corporate donors and Foundations

Capspecialty, Inc.
The Edgemer Foundation, Inc. 
Garcia Hamilton & Associates, L.P.
The Hartford
HSB
Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare
Hutensky Capital Partners
J. Walton Bissell Foundation, Inc.
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
JPMorgan Chase
Key Bank
LEGO Group and LEGO Foundation
National Philanthropic Trust
Nellie Mae Education Foundation
People’s United Community Foundation
Pinnacle Financial Services, LLC
Popkin-Wilensky Charitable Foundation
Prudential Foundation
Stanley Black and Decker
Travelers Foundation
Virtus Investmant Partners Charitable Gift Fund
Wiley Swain General Carpentry LLC

Individuals and donor-advised funds

Susan Ackerman
Allen Family Fund
Michael and Doretta Andonucci
Mrs. Joyce Armstrong
Michael and Bethany Astrachan
Mrs. Marie D'Amour Baker
Richard Bailey
Mike and Deb Bangser
Mr. Michael Barrera
Jennifer and George Barrows
Ms. Arianna Basche
Dee and Ed Baum
Richard and Alice Baxter Fund
Sarah A. Bedell
Bethany Berger
Patricia Bernardi
Nancy Bernstein Fund
BFA Fund - Brooksie Koopman
BFA Fund - Rena Koopman
BFA Fund - Trice Koopman
Ajitha Bhavan, Vijaya Kumar and Aneesh Kumar
Ms. Nicoletta Blevins
Ms. Caitlin Theresa Bodamer
Ms. Judith L. Borman
Ms. Ruth F. Bossler
Carol Brennan
Val Bryan
Budd Family Fund
Mr. Kevin Burns
Mr. John Byrnes
Mr. Michael Canarie
Ms. Sarah E. Carlson
Mark Case, Sr.
Ms. Janet M. Castricum
Heather and Sean Carroll
Jim and Anne Carroll Fund
Chip Caton & Catherine Lyons
Chan Family Charitable Fund
J and L Chapman Charitable Fund
P.J. Cimini, Esq.
Libbian and Jerry Cohen Fund
Tatyana Cohen
Joseph Michael Conderino
Anne & Tom Condon
Charles B. Cook Fund
Marty & Nancy Coursey
Ms. Julie Cutler
Albert & Nikki Descoteaux
Mr. Joseph Lee Dickerson, Jr.
Ms. Nancy DiRenzo
Shanon DiSorbo
Brad Drazen
Duclos Family Charity Trust Fund
Carol Dupuis and Michael Haylon
Anne M. Eglinton
Colin Erhardt
Michael and Julie Fischman
Mr. Eric R. Fleming
Elizabeth Freedman
The Friday Club
Mr. Paul Frisman
David and Carol Galbraith
Richard P. Garmany Fund
Garnett Gibbs Family Fund
Rachel Garron and Scott Schoem
Bill and Gail Goddard
Harry E. Goldfarb Family Foundation Fund II
Bob and Lee Goode
Christine Graesser
Ms. Pearl Granat
Alison Granger
Mr. R. Nelson Griebel
David and Lois Hager
Wendy Haller
John and Mary Ann Harris
Jeffrey S. Hoffman
Peter Holland
Denis and Patricia Horgan
Kelly and Gordon Hui
Anthony S. and Evelyn L. Hulme Charitable Fund
Dorothy and Kimball Hunt
Jim and Marlene Ibsen
Mary Ellen Jacobs
Renee Janow
Donald W. and Dorothy D. Johnson Fund
Ms. Lynn Johnson
Susan Evans Jones
Greg and Joan Joseph
Larry Judson
Ms. Tracy Kane and Mr. David Tanner
Nathan and Toni Karnes
Linda J. Kelly
Peter and Susan Kelly
Mrs. Donna Kidwell
Min Jung Kim
Mike and Phyllis Kinson

Steve and Debbie Kleinman
Gopal and Suneeta Krishnan
The Krzanowski Family
Carolyn W. Lester
Tom and Margah Lips Fund
Dr. Estela R. López
Diane Mack and Robin Gilmartin
MacLean Family Fund
Donna Kathryn Manocchio, MS
Jed and Beth Margolis
Mr. I. Charles Mathews
John C. Matulis III
Stan and Sue McMillen
Yvette Meléndez & Carl Chadburn
Thomas M. Meredith Fund
Peggy Miller
MISAC Fund
MorningStar Fund
Avishake Mukherjee
Diane Lynn Nappier Fund
Art and Reba Nassau
Steven and Davida Needelman
Patty and Tony Neidlinger
Ted and Ronni Newton
Mark and Joanne Niland
Dr. Elsa Nunez
Ellen O'Brien
Laura O'Brien
Sharon R. O'Meara Fund
Drs. Kola and Trudy Olofinboba Family Fund
Mickey and Mitch Orkin
Dorothy Halas Pangrazio
Bob Parente
Susan Pearson and Hank Prussing
Jane and Garrett Phelan
Joseph Poremski
Cassie Quattropani
Brie Quinby and Evan Cowles
Steve Rabb
Dorothy B. Ralston Fund
Ms. Elenor G. Reid
The Right Track Fund
Ms. Kristi Roberge
Ms. Sandra Rodriguez
Vernon D. and Florence E. Roosa Family Foundation Memorial Fund
Samuel Roskin Trust
Ross Memorial Fund
Ryan, Chris, Casey, Morgan and Ashley Ross
Mr. David M. Roth
Gideon Rutenberg
Savin Family Fund
Elizabeth Schiro and Stephen Bayer
Jean Schiro-Zavela and Vance Zavela
Laura Schuyler
Deborah L. Scully
Chris Senecal
Barbara and Ted Sergi
Greg and Camille Servodidio
Larry and Gale Shapiro
Mr. Michael Shea
Mr. Steve M. Sheehan
Barbara Sicherman
Amy Lynn Silverman
Ms. Carol Simpson and Robert Hewey
Mr. Gerrard Smyth
Roz and Alan Spier
Tina St. Pierre
Anne Stanback and Charlotte Kinlock Fund
Jeffrey and Deborah Stein
Kathy Steinwedell
Mr. Weston Stephens
Richard Sussman and Nina Horowitz
Richard and Jane Tedder
Jessica Thibodeau
Richard and Mary Ellen Thibodeau
Ms. Christine Traczyk
Trinity College Softball Team
Trumble Family Fund
Richard and Melissa Vaughan
Jim and Ellie Venneman
Leah N. Wade
Mrs. Karen A. Walsh
Paul and Patricia Weisser
Mark and Barbara Wetzel
Marcia B. and John Wilkinson
Joyce C. Willis
Tom Willits and Nancy Wheeler
Evan Wilner & Kasey LaFlam
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen H. Wilson
Alex & Lisa Wood
Elizabeth R. Wood
Worthington Family Fund
Elease Wright
Carol and Edward Wrobel Family Fund
Shirley B. Zachery
Tom Zeleznock and Grace Chen

36 additional donors wish to remain anonymous.

Updated: May 26


What our donors say about the COVID-19 Response Fund:

Yvette Meléndez, South Glastonbury

I was so pleased to learn that the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving had established a COVID-19 Fund. At a time when I was feeling helpless and overwhelmed with sadness, I knew that the Foundation would use its knowledge, expertise and values to respond to the things that mattered most to me - equity, humanity, and empowerment. Thank you Hartford Foundation for Public Giving for helping to address my sense of powerlessness and for your unwavering commitment to the people in our community.

Peggy Miller, Bloomfield

When news of the COVID-19 virus began to spread, I started thinking about all the people who find themselves jobless, hungry, homeless or in danger of becoming homeless through no fault of their own. I realized just how fortunate I am to have my needs met and decided to help the people living near me who are not in my position.

I think highly of the Hartford Foundation, so when I read an article in the paper about their new COVID-19 Response Fund, I called and spoke to them about making a donation. It is reassuring to know that my gift is being put to work here in Greater Hartford.

Carol Simpson, Bloomfield

COVID-19 struck just as Bob and I were making decisions about how to distribute funds from our IRAs. We knew there would be problems in our region this year that had not been anticipated, and we felt sure that the Hartford Foundation would contribute to the solutions to those problems. I feel very glad to have a way to address the pressing needs that are emerging around Hartford this spring, and proud of how the Foundation has stepped up to help.


COVID-19 Response Fund: Grants Awarded

Click here for a list of grants awarded from our COVID-19 Response Fund.