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Connecticut Health Foundation, Inc.


Last profile update: 04/13/2018
Last grant data update: 05/24/2018

At A Glance

Connecticut Health Foundation, Inc.

100 Pearl St.

Hartford, CT United States 06103-4506

Telephone: (860) 724-1580


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Health conversion foundation






Established in 2000 in CT; converted in 1999 from Connecticare Health Plan - The Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health), which was established in July of 1999, is a non-profit grantmaking foundation dedicated to improving the health of the people of Connecticut through systemic change and program innovation. Since it was established, CT Health has funded approximately $50 million in grants. The foundation was created when health maintenance organization (HMO) ConnectiCare, Inc., reorganized and converted into a for-profit entity. Under an agreement approved by the Connecticut Attorney General, CT Health received 100 percent of the equity in ConnectiCare. Private investors purchased CT Health shares in Jan. of 2001, leaving CT Health with an initial endowment totaling $132 million in June of 2001, its 17-member board of directors made a commitment to examine the underlying causes of barriers to health care among the unserved and underserved by directing 5 percent of its endowment toward grantmaking and related support each year. The grantmaker is a signatory to Philanthropy’s Promise, an initiative of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). By signing on, the grantmaker has committed to allocating the majority of its grantmaking dollars to marginalized communities and at least 25 percent to social justice strategies, such as advocacy, community organizing, and civic engagement

Purpose and Activities

The foundation focuses on helping more people of color gain better access to quality health care through grant making and policy development. The foundation's approach to expanding health equity involves leveraging its resources and relationships to: 1) Help people get enrolled in affordable health insurance; 2) help them to navigate the health system; 3) transform delivery systems to provide more care that is more comprehensive, affordable and accountable. .