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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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A Big Win for Affordable Housing and Nonprofits

Back in the spring we shared with you the finalists for this year's Home Funders Innovation Competition. Since then, we've had a winner, and now a new law on the books that should benefit low income Massachusetts residents, property owners, and nonprofits alike.

But first, in case you didn't remember, the Home Funders Collaborative is a group of local (Boston-area) funders that first came together in 2003 to develop strategies to address the unprecedented crisis in affordable housing for very low income families in Massachusetts. The Boston Foundation was one of these founding members.
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Art House Rules

So a few weeks ago, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced a joint arts initiative, Futurecity Massachusetts, a partnership of the City of Boston, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), and The Boston Foundation, which will bring together the creative and development sectors and realize more art in public spaces...and more public spaces as art.

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The Crucial Collective Mission of Community Foundations

Yesterday I had the pleasure of joining colleagues from more than 20 community foundations from around the country in Chicago for a gathering of the Community Foundation Opportunity Network. This was the first convening of a group that formed after a discussion with Dr. Robert Putnam about his landmark book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. This book raised issues and highlighted trends that comprise an existential challenge about the fairness of our society: that income inequality is denying many children the opportunity to reach their full potential.
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A Day of Reflection & Challenge on New England's Opioid Crisis

The Boston Foundation can't be on the front line of every war, but we can certainly support others who are fighting to plug the gaps where we aren't able to. One example of that support was the foundation hosting last week --July 19-- the New England Convening on the Heroin-Opioid Epidemic.

The event, also sponsored by Santander Bank, was organized by the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), which looked at the multiple modalities needed to "bend the trend" of increasing opioid-related death, addiction, and misery.
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