HARTFORD — After more than 10 years serving as head of Connecticut’s oldest and largest community foundation, Linda Kelly announced her resignation set for March 2017
Kelly on Wednesday announced her retirement as president of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the nationShe has been serving since 2005.
“The Hartford Foundation has been an integral part of this community for more than 90 years, and I am privileged and proud to have worked with a talented, passionate and dedicated staff and board, our generous donors and the region’s nonprofit and community leaders to advance substantial and sustainable benefit in the Greater Hartford community,” Kelly said. “With the adoption of our new, three-year strategic plan, the Foundation is well-positioned to build on its achievements, and to lead, inspire and engage others in creating opportunities for all residents in our region to thrive.”
A board search committee has been formed and will begin a nationwide search for Kelly’s replacement.
Since 2005, Kelly has led the Foundation’s growth, with assets reaching an all-time high of $934 million, despite several years of severe, external economic turmoil.
The Foundation has continued to set annual grantmaking records, awarding $33 million to area nonprofits in 2015, supporting their efforts to have lasting impact in the region.
Kelly also provided philanthropic leadership at the state and national levels. She serves on the board of directors of Connecticut Council for Philanthropy and MetroHartford Alliance, is a steering committee member of the national Community Foundation Opportunity Network, and an active participant on the planning committee of the Larger Community Foundations (U.S.).
Previously, Kelly chaired the Connecticut Community Foundation CEO Network and served on various committees of the national Council on Foundations.
“Linda leaves a powerful legacy,” said Yvette Meléndez, chair of the Foundation’s board of directors. “She has been a strong champion for the Greater Hartford region.
“Serving as this Foundation’s president is an honor and great privilege. I look forward to continuing our work until next March, and ensuring a smooth transition to a new leader,” said Kelly.