The Hartford Bishops’ Foundation, Inc.

Why we’re here and what we do

Building on the socially-responsible planning attributed throughout the 19th and 20th centuries to Hartford’s insurance and finance leaders, who were once called the City’s ‘bishops’, the Hartford Bishops’ Foundation, Inc. was founded in 2016 to engage government, business and other community leaders to assist the Archdiocese in promoting the common good. “The philanthropic paradigm developed by those who have gone before us provides a model of collaboration for today’s Church in which I now bear a leadership responsibility,” said Archbishop Leonard P. Blair.

The Archbishop is inviting community leaders, the “bishops” of today, to help support the Church’s mission within the wider context of the spiritual, social, and material well-being of everyone in the Hartford, Litchfield, and New Haven counties.

One of its first Foundation initiatives was the development of a Master Plan Concept for the St. Joseph Cathedral campus, to make the principal Church of the Archdiocese a dynamic presence in the community.

In summarizing the goals and aspirations of the Hartford Bishops’ Foundation, Archbishop Blair said, “The aim here is to recruit church, government, and business leaders who can design and implement a strategic plan for the Hartford Bishops’ Foundation. Our shared goal will be for the Archdiocese to be a valued and helpful contributor to the common good as it fulfills its spiritual and social mission in the wider communities of Hartford, Litchfield, and New Haven counties,” said Archbishop Blair.

Board Membership
The Archbishop invites community leaders, the bishops of today, to help assist in supporting the Church’s mission within the wider context of the spiritual, social and material well-being of everyone in the Hartford, Litchfield and New Haven counties. These secular “bishops” will provide advice and counsel that is reflective of public attitudes, while staying informed about the Archdiocese of Hartford and influencing its future.

“To ensure the mission of the Archdiocese of Hartford is fulfilled
and the vision is realized”

The Foundation Board of Directors are asked to help build long-lasting relationship with the public to marshal the resources necessary to support the mission and vision of the Archdiocese of Hartford.

Membership is by invitation of The Hartford Bishops’ Foundation, based on nominations put forward by its members, directors, and friends. The Foundation Board includes approximately 42 directors who represent the Archdiocese’s various constituencies: parishes, parents, friends, and business and community leaders.
Each director serves a three-year term, and is eligible to be re-appointed.

In support of the mission and programs of the Archdiocese of Hartford, each Director of the Foundation Board will be asked to make The Hartford Bishops’ Foundation one of their philanthropic commitments according to personal means.

Organization Structure
The Executive Director of the Foundation provides institutional support to the Foundation.

The Foundation Board of Directors meet twice annually – in the spring and in the fall.