Often I'm asked, "where do you guys get 'all' that money," or something to that effect.
But no, the question usually isn't about what the Boston Foundation has, but rather what it gives away.
And the answer? For funds coming in or going out of the foundation, it's the same: Individuals, families, and businesses who want to give, to give back, folks who want to see communities built and opportunities blossom for advanced education and stable careers.
It's because of these people the foundation -the first such organization in the United States to give financial grants to nonprofits- is able to issue $100 million-plus in grants each year.
Great to connect with you in 2017, folks!
This morning, the Boston Foundation hosted its first public forum of the new year, "New Challenges for a New Year: Conversation about Boston's Education Pipeline." And it was great!
Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang, Bunker Hill Community College Pres. Pam Eddinger, and Roxbury Community College Pres. Valerie Roberson gave presentations their institutions' accomplishments, along with challenges for this young year.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and, generally, Happy Holidays!
From The Boston Foundation family to yours: We hope you're enjoying the season.
But as we gear up for a new year, and new work, we like to remind folks occasionally that part of what gives community foundations staying power - 2017 will be our 102nd calendar year! - is giving unwavering support to things that we know work well.
Happy Humpday, friends!
Hope you're enjoying your holiday season.
We have no complaints. What we do have is a very cool announcement. Call it a shout out to a friend:
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has appointed Latino Legacy Fund Advisory Committee Member Juan Carlos Morales to the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency, making Morales the fourth such appointment of a Latino Legacy Fund advisor.
Often we share information about our grantmaking and describe the process along the lines of "enjoyable."
And it is enjoyable to be able to share resources with nonprofit organizations that are working to improve the lives of average people.
But there are times when issuing grants becomes a matter of urgency, particularly when the grantee's work is potentially lifesaving. Today was one of those times, as The Boston Foundation, moved by recent headlines chronicling increasing vitriol toward immigrant and other marginalized communities, announced four emergency grants to Boston-area organizations that support and protect members of such communities.
The funds were issued through the Foundation's Open Door Grants program.