Education to Career

Improving outcomes for Boston’s residents across the education pipeline

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Achieving gold-standard educational outcomes for all of Boston’s children, regardless of family income or racial/ethnic background is our nation’s greatest contemporary challenge.  If any American city has what it takes to create a seamless and effective education pipeline that works for everyone, it is Boston.  The Boston Foundation is deeply committed to strengthening our city’s entire education pipeline—from K-12 education in Boston’s public schools through college completion and entry into the adult workforce. 

Through our civic leadership and grantmaking, we focus on accelerating structural reform and promoting autonomies in the public schools in Boston.  We are also dedicated to raising the college graduation rates for low-income, minority and first-generation college students from public schools in Boston—and promoting career advancement and economic security for low-income adults.  We are proud to be a founding partner of the Boston Opportunity Agenda, a citywide public/private partnership focused on a “cradle to career” approach to education.  We also partner with the City and universities on the Success Boston college completion initiative.

Desired Outcomes
On the K-12 level, we seek to double the number of seats in autonomous schools in Boston by 2015, including seats in new charter, pilot and innovation schools.  We are also determined to double the college completion rate for Boston Public Schools graduates by 2017.  Finally, we hope to see a 50 percent increase in adult students who are achieving their goals for advancement through adult education. 

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Boston Foundation announces $150,000 grant to Boston Public Schools
Date: December 17, 2015
The Boston Foundation announced its quarterly discretionary grants after a meeting of the Foundation Board of Directors on Thursday. The Board approved $2,382,500 in single and multi-year discretionary grants to be paid out beginning in December 2015. Of the 24 grantees for the quarter, three are receiving multi-year funding support.
Boston Foundation to host conversation and panel discussion on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers
Date: October 08, 2015
The Boston Foundation, whose Success Boston College Completion Initiative is observing the month through a number of events, will host Thursday morning the latest in its “Understanding Boston” forum series, “PARCC Assessment and College Readiness.”


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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.

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.