Together, we can GROW OPPORTUNITY through INCLUSION
We have spent the past several years actively listening to and learning from residents, donors, and grantees while examining an array of information about the region.
Our engagement and assessment makes clear that the Hartford region must achieve greater racial, geographic and economic inclusion to reach its full potential as a vibrant, thriving and contributing force for regional and state prosperity. We know that persistent disparities affected by race/ethnicity, place (ZIP code) and income serve as barriers to this vision being fully realized.
These disparities result from decades of systemic factors, structural racism and disinvestment in many communities.
Addressing the disparities in our region is urgent work—and it demands both leadership and partnership to meet the challenge.
Increasing opportunities for all in Greater Hartford requires a coordinated, inclusive approach to philanthropy. As your community foundation, we have dedicated our experienced team to this work.
Using research, evaluation, and feedback from our partners, we have identified three primary focus areas for our work: Education and Skill Attainment (Birth through Career), Community and Economic Development, and Community Safety. We will continue to evaluate our progress to inform our efforts going forward and will partner with organizations that address basic human needs, support arts and culture, and encourage resident engagement. At the same time, we are investing in our internal capabilities to enhance the support we provide to our communities.
Our Intended Outcomes
We are focused on working with community partners to contribute to five outcomes:
Collaborating to Maximize Impact
Our team approach will be informed by data, residents and nonprofit partners to indicate how we can allocate our resources in the most impactful ways. We will continue to promote ongoing learning and sharing of information both within our organization and throughout the community. We will also employ two new tools to grow opportunity through inclusion:
HFPG Impact! Greater Hartford: Our new subsidiary will promote transformative and inclusive community and economic development through a range of financial tools that complement traditional grants and extend their impact.
Greater Together Community Funds: This effort will provide seed funding and training to support local residents in taking ownership around needs in their communities, encourage inclusive civic engagement and anchor the Foundation in each of the 29 towns we serve.
Increasing the Effectiveness of Resources
Guided by the adverse effects of race/ethnicity, ZIP code and income on the distribution of disparities in Greater Hartford, we will:
- Increase our time in the community to listen and learn directly from the people and places impacted by our work.
- Prioritize our grantmaking, nonprofit capacity building programs and other activities in areas where we find the greatest disparities in outcomes based on race, place and income.
- Become more data-driven and outcome-focused than ever before. We will monitor and adjust our approaches as we learn, and share the challenges and progress broadly—in real-time—so we can co-create a vision for the region's future.
Expanding the Reach of Philanthropy toward Inclusion
Honoring the intent of our donors, being responsive to a broad array of community needs and working collaboratively are cornerstones of the Hartford Foundation.
We are extending our reach to more donors than ever before, providing them with the ability to influence the change we all want to see in our community.
We are developing inclusive philanthropy to enable more opportunities for all in several ways, such as lowering fund thresholds and adding new types of funds.
A Shared Responsibility
We don't do this work alone. We will continue to rely upon the core work of our region's nonprofit organizations and the generosity of our donors to grow opportunity for all residents. We will seek out the talent, resources and perspective of all residents and community partners.
The need is great, the time is now, and our community is ready.
We extend an open an ongoing invitation to join us in this work. We want to hear about approaches, partnerships and experiences that increase our collective understanding about the impact of disparities and the paths to inclusive opportunity.
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