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We're off to the races!

Jeff Fagnan, founder of venture capital firm Accomplice, announced Wednesday evening that his company would begin committing one percent of its equity to Resilient Coders and Inner City Weightlifting, Boston Foundation grantees that teach computer coding, other life skills and weight lifting, respectively, to underserved youth of color.

The announcement came at the launch event for Pledge 1% Boston, a new regional chapter of Pledge 1%, a national corporate philanthropy movement dedicated to making new stakeholders in support of local communities. Pledge 1% encourages and challenges individuals and companies to pledge 1% of equity, product, and employee time for their communities.

We've been touting Pledge 1% for weeks. And it's launch couldn't have gone better.
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Pledge 1 Allstars!

Two weeks ago we shared with you the big news that Pledge 1%, the global movement of 1,000 companies in more than 30 countries that have pledged one percent of their businesses' equity for philanthropy and social change, is coming to Boston.

Well, time flies, and we're just six days away from the launch of Pledge 1% Boston. So we thought it was time you heard from a couple of people whose company was the first in Boston to make the pledge: Adam Martel and Rich Palmer, co-founders of Gravyty.
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Bridging the Gap: Innovation Economy & Social Change in Greater Boston

In case you hadn't heard, Pledge 1% is a global movement of 900-plus companies in 30-plus countries that have pledged one percent of their businesses' equity for philanthropy and social change. The Boston Foundation is proud to announce our new partnership with Pledge 1% Global, TUGG, GreenLight FundSalesforce.com and others to launch Pledge 1% Boston during HubWeek this fall.

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The Boston Foundation & the Arts Community: A Match Made in the Hub

We have so many exciting initiatives in the works at the Boston Foundation that will, hopefully, benefit the greater arts community in Boston in the coming weeks and months, not the least of which is our alliance with Futurecity, which we shared in this recent blog post.

But sometimes, as we work toward the future it can be easy (for you and us!) to forget our past. So periodically, we're going to share with you our "There at the Beginning" stories about the 100-plus Greater Boston organizations for whom the Boston Foundation was there at the start with seed money, logistical or operational support, or all of the above.

With arts work on the mind, we thought in this post we'd share a quick origin story for the American Repertory Theater, an organization we helped find its way out of the starting gates.
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Race and Policing in Boston Polling Data Revealed

Happy Friday, folks!

Many of you know that The Boston Foundation's core mission can be boiled down to providing answers and finding solutions. Well, with that in mind, you may recall that last month - July 2016 - TBF and WCVB-5 co-hosted a town hall-style forum and panel discussion on race relations and policing in Boston that aired live in primetime.

Here is a recap of that event.

But one question lingered: Many of you wanted to know the details behind the TBF-commissioned poll on race and policing in Boston, conducted by MassInc. We had already released the "topline" overview with results of the poll, but not the hard data crosstabs. Well, we heard you. So in one easily digestible place, here are the topline and crosstabs. Hope you find them informative.

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