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The Greatest Good: Evolution in Grantmaking

From its founding more than 80 years ago, the John A. Hartford Foundation has boldly tackled pressing social needs, funding research and programs that have revolutionized medicine and shaped the delivery of health care. This Annual Report celebrates the Foundation’s Aging and Health program, which for the past 30 years has been improving the health of older Americans.

Following the principles of leadership, partnership, and engagement with unwavering commitment, the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and staff have seized every opportunity to maximize the transformational impact of its grantmaking. As the only national philanthropy with a single focus on aging and health, the Hartford Foundation has worked tirelessly to create a more highly skilled workforce and better designed health care system. Along the way, it has learned from the programs and people it funded, refined its strategies and programs, and helped the field mature.

From 1982 to 2012 the Foundation awarded 560 Aging and Health grants worth $451 million. As a result, a large and growing group of researchers, clinicians, and educators have gained expertise in aging issues. Foundation-supported research is changing the face of service delivery, helping doctors, nurses, and social workers learn multidisciplinary approaches to best care for older adults. New professional and governmental standards have been developed that help ensure quality geriatric care.

I am very pleased with the Foundation’s extraordinary accomplishments over the past 30 years. We have had a significant impact on providing better health care to older adults and expanding the field of geriatrics, while remaining steadfast to our goal of doing ‘the greatest good for the greatest number.’ ” James D. Farley
Chairman Emeritus
The John A. Hartford Foundation