Hartford Foundation Receives Recognition; Efforts in Education, Workforce Intensify

President Obama has pointed out that “there is no greater predictor of individual success than a good education.”  The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is certainly on the same page, moving to implement their most recent strategic plan which has two primary areas of focus – education and workforce development, described as the region’s “two toughest issues.”  The Foundation receives financial support from thousands of individuals and families, and is among the nation's largest public foundations.   In 2011, they awarded grants of more than $28 million to a broad range of area nonprofit organizations. The Hartford Foundation recently was announced as a recipient of the 2012 Wilmer Shields Rich Award for effective communication efforts to increase public awareness of foundations and corporate giving programs.  The award – one of 12 designated out of 140 entries in four categories – will be presented during the Council on Foundations Annual Conference, April 29-May 1, in Los Angeles, CA.