The Hartford Foundation For Public Giving:
Together for Good®

As Greater Hartford’s community foundation, we are a public, grantmaking organization bringing together dedicated individuals, businesses and nonprofits to understand local challenges, share information and put resources behind solutions that can improve the quality of life for those both in our region and across the state of Connecticut.

We are fortunate to share a vision of Greater Hartford with many who are working to build a more equitable and resilient place to live, work and play. Though the barriers to success are persistent, we are naming them. We have an approach to address them combining the power of our resources and the talents of our team. Together, we will grow and share prosperity in a way that benefits all in our community.


We serve all 29 towns in the Greater Hartford region.

  • Andover
  • Avon
  • Bloomfield
  • Bolton
  • Canton
  • East Granby
  • East Hartford
  • East Windsor
  • Ellington
  • Enfield
  • Farmington
  • Glastonbury
  • Granby
  • Hartford
  • Hebron
  • Manchester
  • Marlborough
  • Newington
  • Rocky Hill
  • Simsbury
  • Somers
  • South Windsor
  • Suffield
  • Tolland
  • Vernon
  • West Hartford
  • Wethersfield
  • Windsor
  • Windsor Locks

Our Mission

Putting philanthropy into action to create lasting solutions that result in vibrant communities within the Greater Hartford region.

Our Core Values


We listen to the voices of our communities and convene, connect and catalyze positive and enduring social change.

Innovation and Responsiveness

We promote and explore new ideas and innovative ways of working as we respond to the most pressing needs in the communities we serve.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We seek and embrace the participation and perspectives of people and communities that reflect who we are as a region and we are committed to ensuring that all residents in the region have the opportunity to thrive.


We cannot do this work alone. We are committed to seek partnerships with communities and nonprofit, private and public entities.


We embrace and promote individual and organizational learning and improvement.


We pursue positive community outcomes and use measures of success to set expectations and guide action.


We uphold the community’s trust by striving to preserve, protect and grow our resources.

Our History

Ninety-five years ago, two bankers, Maynard T. Hazen and Clark T. Durant, had a vision: establish a community-wide charitable endowment that would accept “gifts, devises, and bequests” to serve as a trustworthy, steadfast and responsive charitable resource to the community, forever.

Over the past 95 years, that single bequest of $1,000 has grown into charitable assets totaling approximately $1 billion (as of December 2019). 

What sort of Foundation would Hazen and Durant see now? 

A grant maker that awarded more than $796 million in grants (as of 2019). A community leader that serves more than 750,000 residents and hundreds of nonprofits in 29 towns. Most importantly, an institution that remains committed to our original cause of improving the well-being and quality of life for residents throughout the region.

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is dedicated to the Greater Hartford region, and we'll continue to work to improve the quality of life in Greater Hartford, for the next 100 years and beyond.