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Ways to Donate

Promise Scholars have done all they can to persevere and be successful. They are true role models. We hope you will find a way to support their effort and give generously.

The success of Hartford Promise depends on all members of our community embracing the ambitious goals of our students. All donations large and small are important in making Hartford Promise a reality. Thank you for being with us.


Every donation of every size is important to Hartford Promise.

Here are some examples of larger ways to support the Promise Scholars.



We welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss how we can match your philanthropic vision with Hartford Promise’s ambitious goals!


Why Hartford Promise Matters

Nothing changes economic outcomes and creates greater opportunities like higher education.

Annual scholarship costs will be approximately $2 million and we expect this number to grow as the number of Promise Scholars increases. Our goal is to raise $6 million by 2018 and $15 million by 2021 to make a long-term promise to future Hartford Promise scholars.

Hartford Promise is large scale! Our first class of Scholars consisted of 144 amazing students. Hartford Promise is also personal! Many of the Promise Scholars will be first generation college goers. Hartford Promise will strengthen Hartford’s college going culture, increase student expectations, increase the number of Hartford students graduating from college, and add to a larger, more qualified work-force.

“Hartford Promise moves us another step toward our vision of creating a school system where every student is well prepared, both intellectually and financially for college and career success. I’m excited and eager to be working with Richard. The Hartford Promise is a well thought out approach to building student readiness and breaking down barriers that stand in the way of post-secondary education. It will define our district for many years to come. I want to thank the business and non-profit leaders in the city who joined together to support this breakthrough strategy.”
—Superintendent Beth Narvaez

Learn More About Promise Results

A heartfelt THANK YOU to our Founding Champions, our Founding Partners, our Major Donors and all of our important supporters. Your generosity is changing the lives of Hartford Students every day!

Founding Champions:

  • Travelers Foundation
  • Hartford Hospital
  • The Say Yes Foundation
  • Newman’s Own Foundation
  • The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
  • Patricelli Family Foundation

Founding Promise Partners:

  • Hartford Public Schools
  • Hartford Board of Education
  • Hartford Consortium for Higher Education
  • Metro Hartford Alliance
  • Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

A Special Thanks to the following Major Donors:

  • Don Graham
  • Hampshire Foundation
  • Voya Foundation
  • Mimi & Brendan Lynch
  • Anonymous Foundation
  • United Bank Foundation
  • Richard & Doris Sugarman
  • Lincoln Financial
  • Walton Bissell Foundation
  • Richard and Mary Ellen Thibodeau
  • Jim & Mally Cox-Chapman
  • Fund for Greater Hartford
  • Ed Budd
  • David Cherry
  • The Nutmeg Foundation
  • Charles Nelson Robinson Fund
  • David Carson
  • Bob Goldfarb (Ellen Jeanne Goldfarb Memorial Charitable Trust)
  • Mark Scheinberg
  • Tom Ritter
  • John Reizian
  • Shaun Mathews
  • Julie & Ken Saffir
  • Jane Ondovcsik

Thank you to other key supporters:

  • Beth Schiro & Stephen Bayer
  • Max & Sandy Morrow
  • Adlyn & Ted Loewenthal
  • Diane Korntheuer & Peter Grzybala
  • Heather Lavallee
  • Bonnie Malley
  • Andy Bessette
  • Oz Griebel
  • Marlene Ibsen
  • Akhil Johri
  • Earl & Cynthia Schulz
  • Sue Hessel
  • Deidre Tavera
  • Allan Taylor
  • Courtney Bourns
  • Sam & Eric Levine
  • Robin Schwartz
  • Hugh Murray
  • Marguerite O’Brien
  • Ronna Reynolds
  • Jon & Sherry Schreiber
  • Sandy Wood

And many more…

Partner Colleges/Universities

Special thanks to our Partner Colleges: University of Connecticut, Eastern Connecticut State University and the University of Chicago, for matching our scholarship. Promise Scholars attending those schools will receive up to $5,000 each year in additional financial support.

Thanks also to The University of Saint Joseph and University of Hartford for providing free housing each year to Promise Scholars, and Central Connecticut State University for providing a $3,000 housing grant each year to Promise Scholars.

Additional Thanks to:

  • Adams & Knight
  • Red Thead
  • Trinity College for sponsoring the 2016 Promise Scholar Day

  Give. All. You. Can.

Please mail checks to Hartford Promise, 750 Main Street, Suite 1108-1 Hartford, CT 06103