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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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Upcoming Events

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IT Talent Strategies at Work: Active Solutions to Create a More Diverse and Work Ready Talent Pipeline for the IT/Tech Sector
Date: March 01, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue Boston, MA 02210
Please join us for the second of three forums focused on strategies to close the IT/Tech workforce gap in Greater Boston. 
Associated Grant Makers Presents
Democracy in the Shifting Political Landscape
Date: March 06, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: TBD
In this event geared toward grant makers, donors, advisors and consultants, Associated Grant Makers offers a conversation to explore current events and trends through the lens of philanthropy.
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Recent Press Releases

Boston Foundation announces $1.02 million in quarterly grants to Greater Boston organizations
Date: December 06, 2016
The Boston Foundation announced its quarterly discretionary grants after a meeting of the Foundation Board of Directors on Tuesday. The Board approved $1.02 million in single and multi-year discretionary grants to be paid out beginning in December 2016.
Boston Foundation’s Collaborate Boston competition announces 2016 winners
Date: November 17, 2016
The Boston Foundation’s Collaborate Boston competition announced Thursday evening four winners for this prize cycle. In each prize cycle, $100,000 in funding is awarded to the most promising collaborations focused on achieving specific outcomes for the people and/or places that make up our communities and that demonstrate strong leadership by a specified group.

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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.