Foundation Co-Founder's Message
Sometimes when you plant a simple seed, you have no idea how it will blossom and flourish. Sometimes you don't realize the impact of the harvest others will reap as a result of a seed you have sown. Sometimes a community comes together to nourish and grow a powerful seed until it blossoms into a dream realized by thousands.
That's how it all began. My late wife, Cora, and I decided to partner with a Connecticut branch of the NAACP to award scholarships to African American youth. The scholarships would help students pursue their dreams of higher education. We hosted a holiday party for our friends and asked them to make a donation as a "contribution" to the festivities.
That evening we raised $2700. More than twenty five years later, the dream continues and the need is still great. What started as a gathering of friends has grown into The Hord Foundation, Inc., which has awarded more than $4 million in scholarships.