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Boston Foundation Community Center

Welcome to the Boston Foundation Community Center.  Here you will find news, information about upcoming events and the most recent post from the City of Ideas blog.

New Tool to Help Maximize Your Philanthropy

The Boston Foundation, along with two other community foundations and The Philanthropic Initiative, have created a free, interactive resource to help people who give to charitable causes to understand more about how to maximize their philanthropy.  Read more...


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If you were unable to attend one of our recent fourms or events, visit our YouTube or UStream sites for webcasts or our Flickr page to see photos.

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Upcoming Events

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The Geography of Incarceration
Date: November 10, 2016
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: The Boston Foundation, 75 Arlington Street, 10th floor, Boston
Please join us for "The Geography of Incarceration," a public forum where a MassINC report, commissioned by the Boston Foundation, will be presented on mass incarceration in the Commonwealth and its long-term impact on community development and the reintegration of former inmates into society.
2016 Housing Report Card
Date: November 29, 2016
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: The Boston Foundation, 75 Arlington Street, 10th Floor, Boston
Please join us for an Understanding Boston public forum on the release of the Boston Foundation's 2016 Housing Report Card.
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Recent Press Releases

2016 College Month set to debut, with four weeks of planned activities celebrating college readiness, planning and strategy, and completion
Date: October 03, 2016
College Month is a month-long celebration of college readiness that combines an early college awareness strategy for young students with an intentional effort to help every high school senior to develop a post-secondary plan. It is rooted in a growing movement to foster a citywide college-going culture in Boston to ensure Boston's young people are prepared to meet the challenges of higher education and achieve a degree that will allow them to thrive in the workplace.
Venture capitalist announces major commitment to Boston Foundation grantees at local launch of national business-philanthropy movement Pledge 1%
Date: September 30, 2016
Jeff Fagnan, founder of Accomplice, a venture capital firm with more than $400 million raised to date, announced Wednesday evening that his company would begin committing one percent of its equity to support Boston Foundation grantees.  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.

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The Donor Solutions Center

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The Donor Solutions Center is for people attracted to the kind of philanthropy that has a real impact on the challenges we face locally, nationally and around the world.  We invite you to learn more about exemplary donors, groundbreaking research and the most innovative thinking in the field.

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Supporting Our Work

The Civic Leadership Fund Golden Dome photo 2016 Over the last 15 years, the Boston Foundation has become a major civic leader for Greater Boston and our region—with crucial support from the Civic Leadership Fund. The Foundation and its many partners in the business and nonprofit communities—as well as numerous public officials—have had a real impact on a series of issues that are critical to the economic competitiveness and civic health of Greater Boston.


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At the heart of everything the Boston Foundation has done over the last century—every grant it has made, every innovation it has supported, every cause it has championed—is its endowment, the Permanent Fund for Boston.  Established through bequests left by hundreds of visionary and forward-thinking Bostonians since 1917, this essential fund fuels all of the Foundation’s work and provides the resources that have sparked positive change and enabled new ideas.