Help us dismantle structural racism and build a stronger, more inclusive Greater Hartford!


A gift of $20, $50 or $100 can make a difference.

When you support the Action Fund for Racial Justice, you stand with others in our region who are committed to the long-term work of dismantling structural racism. Your support moves us closer to the change we know is possible.

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How do gifts to the Action Fund benefit the community and help dismantle structural racism? 

The Action Fund is a current use fund designed to address immediate and ongoing community needs. Grants from the Fund are awarded to nonprofits that are working to dismantle barriers to opportunity for communities of color, rebuild more equitable systems, and support those adversely affected by systemic racism. For example:

  • Family wealth building programs, such as our grant to Blue Hills Civic Association Families Building Wealth program.
  • College persistence and completion programs, such as our grant to Trio New College Network to support BIPOC students from Greater Hartford.
  • Workforce development, such as our grant supporting Forge City Works' training programs.
  • Basic needs, with a focus on equity, such as grants to House of Bread and Diaper Bank of Connecticut.
  • Cultural programs that influence attitudes and beliefs, including Layavinyasa's Culture Matters and National Conference for Community and Justice's Let's Talk community conversations.

In 2022, we awarded 31 grants from the Action Fund, for a total of $526,263.

Read about our commitment to dismantling structural racism and achieving equity in Greater Hartford's Black and Latine communities.

Contribute to the Action Fund

Dismantling structural racism is an urgent priority.

We can't create a truly vibrant Greater Hartford unless we confront the structural racism that has erected countless barriers for communities of color.

Why Give to the Hartford Foundation?

  • Your gift matters: All gifts to the Action Fund will be put to work quickly in Greater Hartford; the money does not go toward our endowment and will not be spent outside the region.
  • Every gift helps: With a low minimum donation of $15, every gift can help to make a difference. 
  • Collective impact: The Hartford Foundation has the financial power to combine your gift with others and direct grants to local nonprofits where they have the greatest impact, maximizing the power of your gift. 
  • Knowledge of Greater Hartford and how issues interconnect: We understand the toughest challenges facing our community, how those issues interrelate and what needs to be done to achieve comprehensive change. We keep our ears to the ground to stay in touch with what is happening today, and an eye on the horizon to help drive change that will affect our community for years to come. 
  • Our relationships: Our staff is connected to the people, organizations and interrelated issues affecting our community, and can convene the partners needed to make lasting change.
  • 95+ years of experience and financial stability: Since 1925, we've worked to build a more equitable Greater Hartford. Our $1 billion endowment means that we'll be here doing this work for generations to come.
  • Commitment to racial justice and equity: Addressing racial disparities isn't a one-off initiative for us; it's at the core of what we do.  
  • You have a choice: You can elect to have your donation designated to one of our five outcome areas: Higher Opportunity Neighborhoods, Employment Opportunities, Basic Human Needs, Arts and Culture, Civic and Resident Engagement.

Give now

The Action Fund lets you direct donations toward the areas you're most passionate about. 

When you give to the Action Fund for Racial Justice, your dollars will be deployed with urgency to help disrupt existing systemic racism. 

We want you to feel good about your donation and know that your money is supporting a cause you're passionate about. For those who wish to direct their donations toward racial justice in a specific area, we created five targeted sub-categories of the Action Fund. When you give to one of these sub-funds, your gift will support the following areas (and only those areas): 

Higher Opportunity Neighborhoods

Higher Opportunity Neighborhoods

Your gift supports: affordable housing, housing stability, community safety, reentry from incarceration


Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

Your gift supports: capital for Black and Latine small business owners, employment for youth and low-income residents, post-secondary degree and credential completion


Basic Human Needs

Basic Human Needs

Your gift supports: food security, homelessness diversion, access to vital human resources (i.e., food, healthcare, internet)


Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture

Your gift supports: diversity, stability and resilience in the arts sector


Civic and Resident Engagement

Civic and Resident Engagement

Your gift supports: voter participation, resident engagement in civic processes, resident-led organizing and advocacy


Frequently asked questions

What is the objective of the Action Fund for Racial Justice? 

The objectives of the Fund are to help disrupt existing systemic racism in Greater Hartford and to encourage building new systems which have equity at their foundation.

How will the Fund align with the Foundation's ongoing work? 

The Fund operates in parallel with our broader strategic work. Grants from the Fund are awarded to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that are working to dismantle barriers to opportunity for communities of color, rebuild more equitable systems, and/or support those adversely affected by systemic racism. This work should be informed by those most affected by inequity. Preference will be given to organizations working in collaboration with others to address long-standing needs.

How do nonprofits apply for a grant from the Fund? 

There is no separate application period or process. Grants are awarded from the Fund in parallel with our unrestricted dollars for those grants that meet existing criteria. Visit our nonprofits page for more information about the grant inquiry process. 

When will grants be awarded from the Fund? 

Grant dollars are available to address the needs of the community as soon as they are received.

Is there a minimum donation? 

We welcome donations of any size, starting at $15, from anyone who wants to contribute. Every dollar can make a difference! 

How can I stay updated about the Hartford Foundation's racial justice work?  

Subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media using the links in the footer of this page, or visit the News section of our website for frequent updates on all of our work. 

The disparities in Connecticut are stark.

Compared to white residents, Black folks in Connecticut are three times more likely to report that they are struggling to get by.1

Compared to white residents, twice as many Latinx households report that they were impacted by job losses.1

During the Covid-19 pandemic, BIPOC business were shuttered as much as two and a half times as often as white-owned establishments.2

1. DataHaven Community Wellbeing Study September 2020
2. Federal Reserve Bank of New York, August 2020, Double Jeopardy: COVID-19’s Concentrated Health and Wealth Effects in Black Communities

The time to act is now.

Persistent disparities affecting Black, Latine and other communities of color create barriers to health, well-being and wealth building for too many Greater Hartford residents, and prevent our entire community from reaching its full potential.

These disparities are the result of decades of disinvestment, and addressing them is long-term work, but we can't afford to wait any longer. 

Join us in our effort to dismantle structural racism and build a stronger Greater Hartford for everyone. 

Donate to the Action Fund today