Stories of giving

Our donors share what inspires their philanthropy and how giving has impacted their own richness of life.

The Foundation is continuously inspired by the compassion, kindness, and everyday generosity of the Greater Hartford region. We hope you will explore, be inspired, and share your own stories with us.

For Don Wilson, giving is about compassion.

VIDEO — Don Wilson defines compassion as “putting yourself in the other person’s shoes. If you can understand what their needs are and what they’re going through, I think that brings you to the point of giving.” [...]

Larry Lunden wants to serve and preserve his community.

STORY — Lawrence Lunden is a fascinating person and a joyful soul. His experiences are as diverse as his interests. [...]

The Lyman B. Brainerd Family Foundation Fund: Turning your family foundation into a donor-advised fund.

STORY — As a young man, Dick Brainerd witnessed his father’s successes—and the generosity that accompanied them. [...]

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