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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.

The Boston Foundation is celebrating its Centennial! 

Centennial GalaVisit our Centennial website to explore a timeline featuring photos and notable events during each of the past 100 years.  Also learn about some of the many nonprofit organizations for which the Boston Foundation was "there at the beginning."

Please hold the evening of Wednesday, December 2, 2015 for the Boston Foundation’s 100th Anniversary Gala Dinner at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston.  Proceeds from this unique gala will support community grant making and the Permanent Fund for Boston, which fuels the Foundation’s work in Greater Boston.

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Nepal Earthquake Relief

Click here to learn about the variety of efforts underway to support the people of Nepal after the devestating earthquake that struck on April 25. 

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...

Advisor Xpress

If you have any difficulty using Advisor Xpress, please email or call Carmen Denyes at (617) 338-2676.

In Case You Missed It

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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PARCC Assessment & College Readiness
Date: October 08, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: The Boston Foundation, 75 Arlington Street, Boston
In November, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will consider replacing the MCAS assessments with a new set of assessments (known as PARCC), which was piloted in approximately half of public school districts, including Boston.  Join us for a discussion about standards and assessments, as we learn more about the PARCC test, and what's at stake in November.
The Boston Foundation Centennial Gala Dinner
Date: December 02, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: The Westin Copley Place, Boston
Please hold the evening of Wednesday, December 2, 2015 for the Boston Foundation’s 100th Anniversary Gala Dinner.
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Recent Press Releases

Boston Foundation announces four new board members, including UMass Boston chancellor
Date: June 23, 2015

In a vote on June 18, the Board of Directors of the Boston Foundation welcomed four new members, Rosalin Acosta, Managing Director and Senior Vice President of Enterprise Investment Advisors; Zamawa Arenas, Principal at Argus; J. Keith Motley, Chancellor of UMass Boston; and Scott Squillace, Esq., Principal Squillace and Associates.

The Boston Foundation Welcomes New Arts & Culture Director
Date: July 07, 2015
Allyson Esposito, a veteran arts and philanthropy advocate, has been hired as the new Director of Arts & Culture for the Boston Foundation.

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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 Female student portrait photo The Civic Leadership Fund supports the Foundation’s role as a civic hub where information, knowledge, resources and influence come together for the greater good of our region.  This crucial fund helps us tackle some of our region’s most serious challenges through a wide range of activities.

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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.