The Boston Foundation is:
A manager of charitable assets
A major funder of nonprofit organizations
A civic leader and convener
In 2015, the Boston Foundation will celebrate our 100th Anniversary as the primary philanthropy for Greater Boston—from the earliest days of responding to human need, to seeding innovation through grants for fresh ideas, to helping change the very systems that affect the lives of everyone in our city and region. Learn more about our Centennial.
Today, we are one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the nation. Our donors meet their own philanthropic goals, while adding to the Foundation’s overall strength. We also play a major civic leadership role for our region through publishing fresh research, convening people to discuss our region’s challenges and creating powerful agendas for change.
A Strategic Focus on People and on Place
All of the work of the Boston Foundation is guided by two main strategic goals that reflect our deep commitment to strengthening our communities:
- Greater Boston residents are successful and thriving
- Greater Boston communities are vibrant
Through these goals, we seek to have a profound impact on important areas of community life—including dramatic improvements in education and health attainment; safe and vibrant neighborhoods; robust arts and cultural opportunities; and a regional economy that enables everyone to thrive.
Read our Mission and Value Statements.
High Impact Giving
In 2012, the Boston Foundation and The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI) merged, with TPI operating as a distinct unit of the Boston Foundation. TPI pioneered the field of strategic philanthropic advising over 20 years ago and remains a national leader today. Through its consulting services and its work to advance the broader field of strategic philanthropy TPI has influenced billions of dollars of giving worldwide. TPI’s Center for Global Philanthropy promotes international giving from the U.S. and local philanthropy around the world.
For more information about the Boston Foundation call 617-338-1700.
For more information about TPI call 617-338-2590.
For more information about using our available conference space call 617-338-2677.