Statistics from The Foundation Center, which tracks philanthropy across the country, indicate that hundreds of millions of dollars flow annually from the largest foundations based in Connecticut to charities worldwide. As reported in The Hartford Courant, the top grant maker in Connecticut is the GE Foundation ($103.5 million), followed by the Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation ($81.1 million). Following the leading foundations - bearing the names of two of the world's leading corporations - are a handful of foundations likely less well known: Steven A. and Alexandra M. Cohen Foundation ($27 million), Hartford Foundation for Public Giving ($25.7 million), and Smith Richardson Foundation ($23.5 million).
At #6 on the list is Newman's Own Foundation ($20 million) followed by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven ($15.5 million). The Dalio Family Foundation ($12.7 million) and the Aetna Foundation ($12.2 million) complete the top nine foundations by grants paid. The numbers are from 2009, the most recent data available.