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Good things can come in small (grant) packages

If you were to walk down the street and ask passers-by what foundations do, you’d likely variations on the response “They give away money.” We know we do much more, but we are proud of the $100 million the Boston Foundation gives away each year, through the Permanent Fund for Boston and hundreds of other funds.

But while the largest of our grants are often the ones that get headlines, sometimes the smaller ones really resonate.

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Post-Tax Day strategies to improve your 2014 giving

April means Tax Day, but with the end of the 2013 tax season, there is a great opportunity for donors to look toward 2014 and beyond and think more deeply about their plans. I asked Laura Godine, our new Senior Director of Professional Advisor Relations, to make suggestions for what donors at the Foundation – and donors in general – should be thinking about now if they want to be more forward-thinking about their philanthropy in 2014.

She came back with 6 common sense suggestions.

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Community Art: Things are looking UP

This week, Cedric Douglas is an artist with a mission – and a truck.

Last Wednesday night, Mayor Martin J. Walsh joined the Boston Foundation and the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative to introduce Cedric as the winner of a commission (and up to $500,000 in grants and technical support) to design and install a piece of public art in the Upham’s Corner section of Dorchester that represents the community and the promise of the arts in the Fairmount Corridor of Boston.

But this effort is as much about the process as it is about the product. The commission, and even the application process that preceded it, requires the artist to engage and give community members an active role in the design, siting and development of the artwork.

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The power of collaboration and Collaborate Boston

Here’s what I see all across this great city - people working together to make Boston a better place to live and to raise children, to grow and pursue dreams.”

-Mayor Thomas M. Menino, 2005 State of the City Address

Look up community in the dictionary, and you’ll find two general definitions – one based on place, the other based on something less tangible, a shared interest.

As a community foundation, we were founded with the first definition in mind – as a foundation to serve the community of Boston. But it’s the shared mission and goals that often drive our work. No place is that more critical than along the Fairmount Corridor, where the expansion of rail service creates an opportunity to create opportunity, in terms of jobs, housing and community development, for thousands of Boston residents.

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Boston EdTalks: Amplifying Teacher Voice

Boston Public Schools are closed this week, but we know that for thousands of teachers the break is one being spent catching up, grading, planning, and we hope making plans to share their innovative ideas.

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