The Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, and Hartford Foundation for Public Giving will work together as a collective as part of the NEON Cohort.

The Hartford Foundation

The Hartford Foundation is committed to putting philanthropy into action to create lasting solutions that result in vibrant communities; That is our “North Star.” However, we cannot achieve our mission without taking significant steps to dismantle structural and systemic racism and achieve equity in social and economic mobility in Greater Hartford’s Black and Latinx communities. Our grantmaking in our five opportunity outcome areasour capacity building and our expanded public policy advocacy all closely align with these efforts.  We are building our capacity, alongside our many partners, to engage in inclusive, participatory grantmaking and culturally responsive and equitable evaluation (CREE) which requires the integration of diversity, inclusion, and equity in all phases of evaluation and incorporates cultural, structural, and contextual factors using a participatory process that shifts power to individuals most impacted.

Learn more about specific grantmaking portfolios and initiatives:

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Cohort Members

Jay Williams

Jay Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer


Elysa Gordon

Elysa Gordon, Vice President, Community Impact

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

Regarding Income & Wealth, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (FCCF) leverages data, national, state and local partnerships, philanthropy, and advocacy to increase living wage employment and job preparedness and retention.  Related to these efforts are initiatives to ensure higher graduation rates and increased housing stability.  Regarding Power & Leadership, FCCF leverages partnerships and community agency and power building, working to increase understanding and constructive dialogue on the root causes of opportunity gaps, namely the history and impacts of systemic racism.  Related initiatives include increasing the capacity of nonprofits and individuals to self-advocate, voter turnout, and community support for affordable housing.

Learn more about our programs:

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

Cohort Members

Juanita James

Juanita James, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mendi Blue-Paca

Mendi Blue-Paca, Chief Impact Officer

Luis Guzman

Luis Guzman, Director of the Immigrant Success Fund