What We Believe

"It is necessary to carve from the whole vast spectrum of human needs one small band that the heart and mind together tell you is the area in which you can make your best contribution.”

This has been the guiding philosophy of the John A. Hartford Foundation since its establishment in 1929. With funds from the bequests of its founders, John A. Hartford and his brother George L. Hartford, both former chief executives of the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (the A&P grocery chain), the John A. Hartford Foundation seeks to make its best contribution by supporting efforts to improve the care of older Americans.


Mandate for Change

We believe that as a society we can and must improve care for older Americans to better meet their needs and maintain their independence and dignity. If we succeed, society will benefit from the continuing contribution of older people and from reducing health care spending.

Visit our Grants & Strategy page for information about our funding priorities and see our Funding Guidelines regarding our grantmaking process.