Non-profit

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Website:

www.hfpg.org/

Location:

HARTFORD, CT

Tax ID:

06-0699252

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2017):

Revenue: $116,402,526
Expenses: $51,454,850
Assets: $1,042,810,075

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving (HFPG) is a left-of-center grant-making organization headquartered in Hartford, Connecticut, and operating in the Capitol Region of Connecticut.[1] It was established in 1925 by bankers Maynard T. Hazen and Clark T. Durant. Since its creation, the foundation has awarded nearly $800 million in grants.[2]

Mission

HFPG claims that the Greater Hartford region “must achieve greater racial, geographic, and economic inclusion” and alleges that “decades of systemic factors, structural racism, and disinvestment” are to blame for disparities in the region. The foundation intends to reduce these disparities by funding left-progressive organizations and causes.[3]

In 2019, HFPG distributed more than $38 million to various local left-wing initiatives and set up 31 new funds.[4][5]

Initiatives

HFPG funds research and programs to address various socioeconomic challenges in Hartford, Connecticut, and the surrounding communities. It claims that 12 percent of students in the Greater Hartford region regularly skip school, and that Black and Hispanic students’ absentee rates are “substantially higher” than that of white students. The foundation funds studies to develop strategies to reduce chronic absenteeism.[6]

HFPG also reports that the city of Hartford experiences “much higher” crime rates than surrounding towns and that only 46 percent of city residents say they feel safe walking in their neighborhood at night. Many of the efforts the foundation supports focus on facilitating ex-convicts’ re-entry into society, including a three-year, $450,000 grant to support a “re-entry welcome center” to help formerly incarcerated individuals re-join society, find jobs, and receive other support.[7][8]

HFPG supports expanding job training and availability in the Greater Hartford region, with a heavy emphasis on reducing minority unemployment.[9] It supports expanding low-income housing in the city of Hartford and surrounding towns.[10] It also provides financial support for food pantries, homeless shelters, and other “safety net” charity services.[11]

HFPG’s artist funding programs seek to increase racial diversity among artists in the region.[12] It also funds civic engagement and get-out-the-vote efforts.[13]

Leadership

Theodore Sergi is the chair of the board of HFPG. He previously served as Connecticut Commissioner of Education.[14]

Rodney Powell is the vice chair of the board of HFPG. He previously worked for the power company Eversource Energy.[15]

Jay Williams is the president of HFPG. Williams previously served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development and Deputy Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House under the Obama administration. Williams is not originally from Connecticut, and served as the Mayor of Youngstown, Ohio.[16]

In November 2020, President-elect Joe Biden appointed Williams to his transition team as a member of the Treasury Department team.[17] The same month, Williams wrote an op-ed for the Hartford Courant in which he claimed that the Greater Hartford community had “racist structures built over decades” and that “dismantling systemic racism” needed to be the top priority following the 2020 election.[18]

Bradford Drazen is the vice president for Communications and Marketing at HFPG. He previously spent 20 years as a television news anchor, reporter, and producer.[19]

Elysa Gordon is the vice president for Community Impact at HFPG. She previously worked in foster child and juvenile prisoner advocacy, as well as gay men’s health and AIDS services.[20]

Deborah Rothstein is the vice president for Development at HFPG. She previously worked as vice president of philanthropy at the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford.[21]

Bonnie Malley is the vice president for finance and administration at HFPG. She previously worked as chief operating officer for the City of Hartford.[22]

Financials

As of 2019, HFPG has an endowment of $1.06 billion.[23] The foundation receives money from more than 1,300 individual donor funds.[24] These include funds managed by individuals, businesses, and other foundations.[25] In 2019, the foundation received $14.1 million in contributions.[26]

References

  1.   Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Accessed November 24, 2020. https://www.hfpg.org ^
  2.   About Us, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Accessed November 24, 2020. https://www.hfpg.org/who-we-are/about-us ^
  3. Our Commitment, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Accessed November 24, 2020. https://www.hfpg.org/what-we-do/our-strategic-commitment ^
  4. Financial Strength, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Accessed November 24, 2020. https://www.hfpg.org/who-we-are/financial-strength ^
  5. 2019 Annual Report, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Accessed November 24, 2020. https://www.hfpg.org/application/files/3715/9188/4726/HFPG19_annual_report_final_0610.pdf ^
  6. Student Progress, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Accessed November 24, 2020. https://www.hfpg.org/what-we-do/our-outcome-areas/student-progress ^
  7.   Community Safety and Resilience, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Accessed November 24, 2020. https://www.hfpg.org/what-we-do/our-outcome-areas/community-safety-and-resilience ^
  8. “Mayor Bronin releases evaluation of Reentry Welcome Center’s first year of operation,” FOX61, October 29, 2020. Accessed November 24, 2020. https://www.fox61.com/article/news/local/mayor-bronin-hartford-reentry-welcome-center/520-ae61fbd2-0e5e-45aa-b4ab-a26f8674031e ^
  9.   Employment Opportunities, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Accessed November 24, 2020. https://www.hfpg.org/what-we-do/our-outcome-areas/employment-opportunities ^
  10. Higher Opportunity Neighborhoods, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Accessed November 24, 2020.https://www.hfpg.org/what-we-do/our-outcome-areas/higher-opportunity-neighborhoods ^
  11. Basic Human Needs, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Accessed November 24, 2020. https://www.hfpg.org/what-we-do/our-outcome-areas/basic-human-needs ^
  12. Arts Study Response, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Accessed November 24, 2020. https://www.hfpg.org/what-we-do/our-outcome-areas/arts-study-response ^
  13. Civic and Resident Engagement, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Accessed November 24, 2020. https://www.hfpg.org/what-we-do/our-outcome-areas/civic-engagement-and-resident-engagement ^
  14.         “Former Commissioner of Education Ted Sergi elected chair of Hartford Foundation board,” Hartford Courant, January 7, 2020. Accessed November 24, 2020. https://www.courant.com/politics/capitol-watch/hc-pol-capitol-watch-ted-sergi-20200107-azwuv2trqnh6bcqq3da7mpbuve-story.html ^
  15.         “Former Commissioner of Education Ted Sergi elected chair of Hartford Foundation board,” Hartford Courant, January 7, 2020. Accessed November 24, 2020. https://www.courant.com/politics/capitol-watch/hc-pol-capitol-watch-ted-sergi-20200107-azwuv2trqnh6bcqq3da7mpbuve-story.html ^
  16. Jay Williams, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Accessed November 24, 2020. https://www.hfpg.org/who-we-are/our-staff/jay-williams ^
  17. Michael E. Hartmann, “Big Philanthropy transitions to the Biden administration,” Philanthropy Daily, November 18, 2020. Accessed November 24, 2020. https://www.philanthropydaily.com/big-philanthropy-transitions-to-the-biden-administration/ ^
  18.   Jay Williams, “Opinion: The top post-election priority must be dismantling systemic racism,” Hartford Courant, November 8, 2020. Accessed November 24, 2020. https://www.courant.com/opinion/op-ed/hc-op-racial-justice-the-issue-20201108-exibj3ny6vbdlhv3a7bydtuqam-story.html ^
  19. Bradford Drazen, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Accessed November 24, 2020.https://www.hfpg.org/who-we-are/our-staff/brad-drazen ^
  20. Elysa Gordon, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Accessed November 24, 2020. https://www.hfpg.org/who-we-are/our-staff/elysa-gordon ^
  21.   Deborah Rothstein, J.D., Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Accessed November 24, 2020. https://www.hfpg.org/who-we-are/our-staff/deborah-rothstein-jd ^
  22. Bonnie Malley, Hardford Foundation for Public Giving. Accessed November 24, 2020. https://www.hfpg.org/who-we-are/our-staff/bonnie-malley ^
  23.       Financial Strength, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Accessed November 24, 2020. https://www.hfpg.org/who-we-are/financial-strength ^
  24. Donor Stories, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Accessed November 24, 2020. https://www.hfpg.org/donors/why-give/donor-stories ^
  25. Ways to Give, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Accessed November 24, 2020. https://www.hfpg.org/donors/ways-to-give ^
  26. 2019 Annual Report, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Accessed November 24, 2020. https://www.hfpg.org/application/files/3715/9188/4726/HFPG19_annual_report_final_0610.pdf ^
  See an error? Let us know!

Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: March 1, 1942

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2017 Dec Form 990 $116,402,526 $51,454,850 $1,042,810,075 $32,032,939 N $16,689,984 $0 $16,384,330 $926,095 PDF
    2016 Dec Form 990 $62,827,462 $49,677,491 $917,285,394 $32,474,610 N $13,601,126 $0 $14,711,461 $849,117
    2015 Dec Form 990 $57,544,767 $48,789,489 $888,320,069 $29,936,145 N $17,463,928 $0 $13,784,011 $818,961 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $113,423,280 $50,919,797 $934,212,141 $32,126,554 N $19,733,486 $0 $14,627,599 $811,656 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $62,046,984 $43,651,130 $922,682,005 $26,849,328 N $10,310,277 $0 $16,037,216 $787,059 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $51,208,620 $39,667,565 $810,709,993 $26,084,608 N $18,821,029 $0 $13,310,512 $758,742 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $42,003,736 $40,861,808 $727,685,992 $29,006,191 N $18,097,366 $0 $14,187,271 $552,002 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

    10 COLUMBUS BLVD 8TH FLOOR
    HARTFORD, CT 06106-1976