In 1971, The Greater Hartford Jaycees Foundation, Inc. was established as a grant-giving entity by the Greater Hartford Jaycees, Inc. with the help of Bob Murphy, who donated part of his winnings as 1970 Greater Hartford Open Champion. Bob Murphy’s heartfelt donation was an affirmation of the tireless efforts of the Jaycee volunteers who had been operating the Tournament as their sole fund raiser since 1952. His one-time donation allowed us to evolve into the highly respected Greater Hartford Jaycees Foundation, proving that one person can make a difference in the lives of others.

The Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life in Greater Hartford area by supporting programs for the disadvantaged, elderly, youth, and disabled through grants and scholarships. The Foundation also seeks to promote the goals of the Jaycees; leadership, individual, and community development, the membership is involved in the review and decision making processes of all proposals.

The Foundation has funded program services in the Greater Hartford Area for over 30 years. By 2015, the Foundation has awarded over $16 million in total grants and scholarships since its inception.

We have temporarily suspended our foundation grant making as we refocus our funding efforts.  Please come back in the Fall for more details.

Executive Director: Martha Guidry

2015 Board of Directors:

Chairman of the Board: Shaun Sheridan

President: William Lee Jr.

Secretary: Juliana Carrillo

Treasurer: Gregory Macleod
Director: Ryan J. Freidman
Director: Rebecca Anderson
Legal Counsel: Ryan V. Leichsenring

Chief Administrative Officer: Brian George


2014 Charitable Giving:

The Greater Hartford Jaycees and its Foundation supported the following organizations in 2014 with contributions cumulating over $50,000:

  • East Catholic High School
  • State of CT Children's Home
  • Boys and Girls Club of Hartford
  • CT Children’s Medical Center
  • Liver Foundation – CT Chapter
  • Manchester Community College
  • CT Science Center
  • YMCA of Greater Hartford
  • CT Children's Medical Center
  • Manchester Community College
  • The Village for Families & Children
  • Nutmeg Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Travelers Championship
  • Interval House
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Bushnell Park Foundation
  • First Tee Program of CT
  • Jimmy Fund Classic Golf Tournament
  • Ronald McDonald House of New Haven
  • Junior Achievement
  • Newington Children's Theater