John A. Hartford Foundation

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The John A. Hartford Foundation
Logo John A. Hartford Foundation.png
FounderJohn A. Hartford
George L. Hartford
TypeNon-operating private foundation
(IRS exemption status): 501(c)(3)
FocusAging, Health
Area served
United States
MethodDonations and Grants
Key people
Terry Fulmer, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, President

Margaret L. Wolff, Chairman, Board of Trustees
Christopher T.H. Pell, Co-Vice Chair, Board of Trustees

Earl A. Samson, III, Co-Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
EndowmentUS$ 585.5 million as of 31 December 2017[1]

The John A. Hartford Foundation (JAHF), based in New York City, is a private, nonpartisan, national philanthropy dedicated to improving the care of older adults. For more than three decades, the organization has been the leader in building a field of experts in aging and testing and replicating innovative approaches to care. The Foundation has three priority areas: creating age-friendly health systems, supporting family caregivers, and improving serious illness and end-of-life care. Working with its grantees, the Foundation strives to change the status quo and create a society where older adults can continue their vital contributions.

The Foundation's vision is a nation where all older adults receive high-value evidence-based health care, are treated with respect and dignity, and have their goals and preferences honored.


The Foundation was founded in 1929 by John Augustine Hartford and later joined by his brother George Ludlum Hartford, both former chief executives of the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (the A&P grocery stores). The foundation's mission from the beginning has been "to do the greatest good for the greatest number."

The Foundation's grants in the mid-20th century were predominantly for basic and clinical medical research; it was at one time the largest funder in this area. In the 1970s, the foundation moved towards a wider range of projects "that will have high impact."[2]

In 1982 the Foundation launched its Aging and health program and by 1994, that program became the foundation's sole focus. Foundation grants made between 1982 and 2012 supported programs to increase the nation's capacity and ability to serve older adults by funding select academic medical centers and other health settings to strengthen the geriatrics training of America's physicians, nurses and social workers. The Foundation also supported a number of efforts to improve and integrate the system of health care services needed by elders, with an emphasis on creating nationally replicable models of care.

As of today, the Foundation focuses on three priority areas, Age-Friendly Health Systems, Family Caregiving and Serious Illness & End of Life. The Foundation invests in aging experts and practice innovations that transform how the care of older adults is delivered.


Grants and Priority Areas[edit]

JAHF Grants focus on work that creates age-friendly health systems, supports family caregivers, and improves serious illness and end-of-life care; it periodically makes grants in other areas of special interest that improve the care of older adults but fall outside those three priority areas.

Age-Friendly Health Systems look to develop large-scale approaches that help health systems transform care; operationalize the essential elements of good care, building on the Foundation’s investments in evidence-based models and best practices; and better integrate community-based supports and services within the health system and across the continuum of care.

Family Caregiving strives to improve the ability of health systems and providers to identify, assess, and support family caregivers; raise awareness among policymakers, health system leaders, funders, and the public to drive change; and create large-scale change in partnership with national efforts.

Serious Illness & End of Life grants aim to increase access to high-quality palliative care services and other evidence-based models and practices; develop approaches for better educating and preparing the health care workforce, and foster communication and community-based solutions while informing public policy supportive of the needs of the seriously ill and their families.

In 2017, the Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative was launched in partnership with the institute for Healthcare Improvement, the American Hospital Association, and the Catholic Health Association to develop and test an innovative, tailored model of care for older patients in five health systems covering 40 states. The goal: bringing age-friendly health care to 20 percent of U.S. hospitals and health systems by 2020.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b John A. Hartford Foundation. "About The John A. Hartford Foundation". Retrieved 2013-06-14.
  2. ^ "Bob Higgins - CV" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-09-02.

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