Community Action Funds Support Greater Hartford’s Jewish Community

Community Action Funds give donors and leaders a powerful way to respond to urgent community priorities  and promising opportunities to strengthen Greater Hartford’s Jewish community.

By entrusting the Foundation’s Trustees to determine how to allocate these funds, donors ensure that their philanthropic vision for a vibrant Jewish community will be in good hands for generations to come. These funds allowed the Foundation to grant more than $800,000 in 2020-2021 to help our Jewish community during COVID.

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Ensure the Community’s Vibrant Future

One hundred years from now, the community may look very different. Who knows? We could be flying in autonomous vehicles like The Jetsons. We could be connecting via technologies we can’t even imagine today.

With a Community Action Fund, your support will always be relevant. The Foundation adapts over time to ensure that we are supporting the latest solutions to emerging challenges, to meet pressing needs — no matter what life throws at us.

How Community Action Funds Work

Community Action Funds are endowment funds. The annual distribution amount for each fund gets pooled with other funds to create the Foundation’s Community Grants Program. This program is overseen by expert staff, a Grants Committee consisting of a variety of community members, and our Board of Trustees. Organizations apply for grants to pilot innovative projects, meet pressing needs or deepen their organization’s vitality. Our staff, committee and Board carefully consider every application.

For more information, please email Kathryn Gonnerman:  | 413-475-0415

Values in Action – Fundholders’ Impact

Powerful Together: Addressing COVID-19

Powerful Together: Addressing COVID-19

We are always more powerful when we come together as a community to respond to a crisis. That’s why the Foundation and the Jewish Federation established the Jewish Hartford Rapid Relief and Recovery...

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Helping People in Need

Helping People in Need

Grants from Donor Advised Fund holders are improving the quality of life for clients with limited finances at the Jewish Association for Community Living (JCL). "Gifts from the Foundation's generous...

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Every fund starts with personal inspiration. 

We steward $170 million in assets comprised of 1,440 funds.* 

  Foundation funds provide immediate and long-term financial support to help vital community initiatives.  *As of 9/30/2021 (updated quarterly)

Community Action (Unrestricted) Funds