Sustaining what works

In 2014, the Hartford Foundation and its Board of Directors announced its decision to engage in a broad range of public policy activity. These efforts are grounded and guided by our mission and values, and support our strategic goals by making full use of the philanthropic tools that we have at our disposal.

By being more intentional in the public policy arena, we believe our investments can become more far-reaching, sustainable and responsive to the root causes of critical community issues.

As a community foundation, we are uniquely positioned to provide leadership and serve as a bridge between our many partners and our state agency and legislative policymakers. We can share the learning from our investments and our collaborations, and bring the local and regional perspective on early childhood and K-12 education issues to our state government.

The Foundation’s public policy activities range from convening diverse voices around a particular issue, to forming strategic relationships, to lobbying.

Our staff has deep knowledge and experience and is often invited to participate in statewide policymaking workgroups, coalitions and collaborations that affect our region. 

Below, you will find our latest policy updates and work. We encourage you to check back regularly. Together, we can ensure that Connecticut sustains well-informed policies and best practices that support thriving children, families and communities in our region.

Demonstrating our community leadership through advocacy, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is a registered lobbyist with the Connecticut Office of State Ethics and is subject to federal and state rules relevant to lobbying. 

Write Up for April 29 Testimony

On Monday, April 29, Harford Foundation President Jay Williams provided testimony to the General Assembly’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee. [...]

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving 2019 Session Legislative Update #1

As the General Assembly has reached the halfway point of the 2019 legislative session, here is an update on the testimony the Hartford Foundation has submitted to the legislature so far this year. [...]

Hartford Foundation Submits Testimony in Support of S.B. 1080 An Act Concerning a Two-Generational Initiative

On Thursday, March 21, the Hartford Foundation submitted testimony to the Legislature’s Human Services Committee. [...]

Hartford Foundation submits testimony on two bills to studies on economic development, seeking a focus on strategies to promote inclusive economic opportunities for all residents

On Tuesday, March 12, the Hartford Foundation submitted testimony in support of two pieces of legislation that would require the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development to study a wide range of issues related to economic development. [...]

Hartford Foundation submits testimony in support of H.B. 7317, An Act Concerning Urban and Rural Workforce Development

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving submitted testimony to the legislature’s Labor and Public Employees Committee in support of H.B. 7317, An Act Concerning Urban and Rural Workforce Development. [...]

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