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Ways to Donate

Why Hartford Promise Matters

“Education is not just another issue.  It is the most powerful force in accelerating economic growth, reducing poverty and lifting middle class living standards.”

David Leonhardt, New York Times

Hartford Promise is large scale! Our first two classes of Scholars consist of 257 amazing students. Most of the Promise Scholars are first generation college goers. Our Scholarship and support services 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.

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.


Your Support Changes Lives

The success of Hartford Promise depends on all members of our community embracing the ambitious goals of our students.  Thank you for being with us.

Every donation of every size helps our Scholars afford college and changes their lives.

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!


Funding Goals

Our annual Scholarship costs are approximately $2 million and we expect this number to grow as the number of Promise Scholars increases. We have raised $6.2 million to date.  We will soon launch the Hartford Promise Permanence Campaign.  Our goal is to raise an additional $6.4 million in the next two years to make a long-term promise to future Hartford Promise Scholars.

Learn More About Promise Results


A heartfelt THANK YOU to our Founding Champions, our Founding Partners, our Major Donors and all of our 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 Our Major Donors:

  • Don Graham
  • Hampshire Foundation
  • Voya Foundation
  • Mimi & Brendan Lynch
  • Anonymous Foundation
  • Lincoln Financial
  • Richard & Doris Sugarman
  • Walton Bissell Foundation
  • Richard and Mary Ellen Thibodeau (Adopt a Scholar)
  • Vivian and Paul Batterson (Adopt a Scholar)
  • David Cherry (Adopt a Scholar)
  • Jim & Mally Cox-Chapman (Adopt a Scholar)
  • Marc Reich (Adopt a Scholar)
  • Mark Scheinberg (Adopt a Scholar)
  • Leslie and Bruce Silvers (Adopt a Scholar)
  • Ed Budd
  • Key Bank
  • Fund for Greater Hartford
  • Jill Adams and Bill Knight
  • The Nutmeg Foundation
  • Charles Nelson Robinson Fund
  • United Bank Foundation
  • Max & Sandy Morrow
  • Grace Brandt
  • David Carson
  • Bob Goldfarb (Ellen Jeanne Goldfarb Memorial Charitable Trust)
  • Walt Harrison
  • Tom Ritter
  • Shaun Mathews
  • Jane Ondovcsik
  • Beth Schiro & Stephen Bayer

Thank you to other key supporters:

  • John Reizian
  • Julie & Ken Saffir
  • Adlyn & Ted Loewenthal
  • Diane Korntheuer & Peter Grzybala
  • Heather Lavallee
  • Bonnie Malley
  • Andy Bessette
  • Suzanne and John Bordeaux
  • Roger Bougie
  • City of Hartford
  • Farmington Bank
  • Oz Griebel
  • Marlene Ibsen
  • Akhil Johri
  • Bob Karn
  • Anita and Bill Manuck
  • Earl & Cynthia Schulz
  • Sue Hessel
  • Deidre Tavera
  • Allan Taylor
  • Courtney Bourns
  • Sam & Eric Levine
  • Robin Schwartz
  • Hugh Murray
  • Ronna Reynolds
  • Jon & Sherry Schreiber
  • Sandy Wood

And to Our Partner Colleges/Universities…

Special thanks goes out to our Partner Colleges and Universities who help make college even more affordable for our Scholars by matching our Scholarship or providing a housing stipend.

Scholarship Match

University of Connecticut

Eastern Connecticut State University

University of Chicago


Housing Stipend

Saint Joseph University – Free Housing

University of Hartford – Free Housing

Central Connecticut State University – $3,000 housing grant


Thank you to:adams&knight

Adams & Knight has donated their time and incredible creative skills to update the look and materials for Hartford Promise.  Stay tuned!


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