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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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Pledge 1% Boston
Date: September 28, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Atrium at 25 First Street, 25 First Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02141
We are officially launching Pledge 1% Boston during HubWeek. Pledge 1% is a global movement of startups that have committed 1% of their company (either through individual pledges or corporate pledges) to support their communities. More than 1,000 companies around the globe have pledged 1% for their communities. And now, we are bringing this innovative initiative to the Greater Boston region.
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Recent Press Releases

WCVB Channel 5 to present "5 On: Race in Boston" on Thursday, July 14
Date: July 13, 2016
As the nation reels in the wake of recent racial tensions, the ripples are felt here in Massachusetts. To help advance the dialogue, this Thursday, July 14, WCVB presents "5 On: Race in Boston," a day-long examination of the state of Boston's race relations in every newscast and Chronicle, culminating in a live, one-hour special "5 On: Race in Boston, A Town Hall Meeting" at 9 PM, presented in partnership with The Boston Foundation.
New Success Boston report shows steady increase in college completion rates
Date: June 13, 2016

A new report, prepared for Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Success Boston college completion initiative, shows a remarkable increase in both the percentage and the number of Boston Public Schools graduates who complete college within six years. The report also examines college completion for students with Success Boston coaches, a major intervention launched by the Boston Foundation and its partners, including the Boston Public Schools, in 2009.

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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.