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Community Update -Coronavirus

Posted by: Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford on 3/16/2020

Community Update - Coronavirus


Based on recommendations from public health officials and our Governor related to social distancing, here are a few of the steps we are taking to ensure the health and well-being of our staff and community. 

Foundation staff are temporarily working remotely, maintaining normal business hours until further notice. Rather than conducting in-person individual or group meetings, we are using email, cell phones and ZOOM video calls to connect regularly with all our constituencies. If you do not know the cell number (or direct line) of the person you are seeking, please call our main office at 860-523-7460, follow the prompts to leave a message, and we’ll get back to you in a timely fashion.

Our giving circles, JewGoodHartford and the Lillian Fund, are holding meeetings and Hangouts online. Each giving circle communicates through its social media channels: @lillianfundjcf and @jewgoodhartford. Both giving circles are gearing up for their annual grant-making decisions. For more information, contact ElanaMacGilpin –

We encourage all of our friends to closely monitor updates and review valuable health and safety resources from the State ofConnecticut and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as your local health departments.


Any grants submitted to JCF by fundholders online via Donor Central or via email toMichael Elfenbaum -, will be processed and delivered as quickly as possible. Please limit mailing us paper grant recommendation forms if possible.

As global markets experience volatility, we want to assure fundholders and nonprofit endowment partners that the Foundation maintains a well-diversified portfolio focusing on yielding healthy long-term returns, while sustaining the immediate well-being of our community. Our Investment Committee, comprised of local finance professionals and members of our Board of Directors, will continue to monitor our investments closely.

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