Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: A core value

The Hartford Foundation believes that to achieve our mission and create a truly vibrant region, we must take significant steps to dismantle structural racism and advance equity in social and economic mobility in Greater Hartford's Black and Latine communities. Our strategic priorities are informed in part by our Core Values, which include diversity, equity and inclusion. 

We believe that a more diverse, inclusive and equitable Hartford Foundation will better serve our region. To honor our strategic commitment, we must start within our own walls, stretching and strengthening the fabric of who we are and how we work. As we implement our strategic plan, we will examine, define and share how diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) relate to, and are embedded in, the Foundation's operations and policies. 

We know this work will take time and require a deep and ongoing commitment. And we recognize that we have a great deal to learn from our many community partners, including nonprofits, residents and donors. 

To date, we have: 

  • Established a diversity, equity and inclusion council made up of interdepartmental staff and the executive leadership team; 
  • Completed a series of required DEI trainings for all staff; 
  • Examined our grantmaking, evaluation and human resources policies and practices; 
  • Launched informal staff gatherings to discuss timely topics around diversity, equity and inclusion, and
  • Engaged a BIPOC-led communications agency to conduct a  communications audit ensuring we are embedding equitable practices in our storytelling.  

We will provide updates about our progress and learning related to the strategic plan and our DEI efforts. We invite you to share your own DEI insights and experiences that can inform the Foundation's efforts. Email us at joinus@hfpg.org.