Supporting Our Work

The Boston Foundation has a number of special funds we have established, often in partnership with other nonprofit organizations or donors.  Each of these funds plays an important role in supporting specific areas of focus or overarching needs that have been identified by the residents and leaders as central to the vitality of the Greater Boston community.

Supporting Our Work

  • The Permanent Fund for Boston


    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

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    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.

  • The Free for All Concert Fund

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    We are delighted to announce a new partnership between the Boston Foundation and the Free for All Concert Fund through the establishment of the Free for All Concert Fund at the Boston Foundation. This fund will ensure the permanent legacy of Charles Ansbacher’s vision to enhance the lives of all Bostonians through the common language of music.
  • The Equality Fund

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    The Equality Fund, established at the Boston Foundation in 2012, is a permanent, committee-advised, Field of Interest Fund with a mission to provide ongoing support to advance the equitable treatment of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, and Queer (“LGBTQ”) people and their families in Greater Boston, and improve their quality of life over the long term.
  • The Latino Legacy Fund

    The Latino Legacy Fund
    The Latino Legacy Fund was established at the Boston Foundation in 2013 in partnership with Hispanics in Philanthropy and local Latino philanthropists and leaders.  It is a permanent, committee-advised fund designed to strengthen the diverse Latino community of Greater Boston and support issues that advance the socio-economic status of Latinos and enhance leadership in the Latino community.
  • The Brother Thomas Fund

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    The Brother Thomas Fund was established at the Boston Foundation in 2007 to honor the legacy of Brother Thomas Bezanson, a Benedictine monk and world-renowned ceramic artist, who wanted the sale of his work to support “struggling artists.”


  • The Haiti Fund

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    The Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation is an expression of the Greater Boston community’s concern for the people of Haiti and their local Boston friends and relatives. After the earthquake of January 2010, this 5-year fund was created to provide relief and reconstruction support to communities in Haiti and Haitian-Americans in the Greater Boston area. The Haiti Fund has transformed donations from individuals, community groups and corporations into direct assistance to the people of Haiti.
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