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Gaining Ground on Equal Pay: Empowering Boston's Women Through Salary Negotiation Workshops

September 5, 2017
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Join Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Foundation President and CEO Paul S. Grogan for the release of a report on Year One of AAUW Work Smart in Boston, a series of free workshops offered to thousands of women who work or live in Boston by the Mayor's Office of Women's Advancement in partnership with the American Association of University Women.

The report will be released at the Edgerley Center for Civic Leadership at the Boston Foundation in our new location on the third floor at 75 Arlington Street.

Watch a video of the forum.        Download a PDF of the report.            Read the press release.     


Support for Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

The staff and board of the Boston Foundation send their thoughts and prayers to the millions of people in Greater Houston dealing with the flooding rains following Hurricane Harvey.

Although the extent of the damage and death toll is not yet clear, the National Weather Service is already calling the storm “unprecedented” and heavy rains and catastrophic flooding are expected to continue for days. Major highways are submerged in floodwaters, emergency services have received thousands of calls and authorities are urging residents to stay in place. Recovering from the disaster could take years, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. There are an untold number of homes and people affected, and the additional flooding and rainfall is set to make the situation even worse.

We urge our donors and all Greater Boston residents to support the short- and long-term needs of the region any way they can.  The Mayor of Houston and our colleagues at the Greater Houston Community Foundation have established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to support both immediate needs and support the long-term rebuilding efforts.

The Boston Foundation has also made a $25,000 grant to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, and will consider further grants as the extent of the need becomes clear.  (Read the press release.)

For a list of other organizations providing both immediate needs and long-term recovery needs, please see the Giving section of our website. As we learn more, we will continue to keep our Donor First online portal and our TBF Facebook page updated with the latest information of how to help.

Understanding Boston

Understanding Boston is a series of forums, educational events and research providing information and insight into issues affecting Boston. This section contains a growing number of reports about Greater Boston that the Boston Foundation has developed through partnerships with government and local institutions.

The Boston Foundation’s civic leadership is conducted through our Understanding Boston formula for positive change. With an emphasis on strengthening the region’s competitiveness in the global economy, the Foundation works with an array of partners to convene task forces of experts and stakeholders, publish cutting-edge research and hold public forums to create action agendas for real change.

  • Civic Engagement

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    Over the last decade, the Boston Foundation has established itself as a major civic leader in Greater Boston and the region. Through its Understanding Boston series and with crucial support from the Civic Leadership Fund, the Foundation identifies challenges facing the city and region, commissions fresh research and shares information through a series of forums that thousands of people attend each year.

  • Community Safety

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    The Boston Foundation believes that the children and families of Greater Boston deserve to live in neighborhoods that are safe, clean and free of violence. As such, it works with its partners in the nonprofit and public sectors to develop positive activities for the city’s young people and strengthen neighborhood-based organizing designed to create safe and vibrant communities.

  • Cultural Vitality

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    The Boston Foundation believes that culture is integral to the educational, economic and social fabric of the lives of those living in Greater Boston and Massachusetts.  Vibrant cultural scenes vitalize communities and enhance the lives of those inhabiting them while attracting new residents, visitors, restaurants and other businesses.

  • Education

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    The Boston Foundation is deeply committed to strengthening the city and region’s education pipeline—from K-12 education in Boston’s public schools through college completion and into the adult workforce—which is crucial to Greater Boston’s competitiveness in the global economy.

  • Health & Human Services

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    The Boston Foundation focuses on encouraging healthy behaviors among Boston residents, increasing access to healthy food, providing more opportunities for physical activity and making Massachusetts the national leader in health and wellness.
  • Housing & Community Development

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    The livability and affordability of Boston’s neighborhoods is crucial for families to create strong foundations needed to achieve economic success and thrive in our competitive innovation economy. Affordable housing is a building block of vibrant communities and the Boston Foundation focuses on increasing neighborhood stability through its production and preservation.

  • Nonprofit Sector

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    With its commitment to strengthen and improve the quality of life in Greater Boston and the region, the Boston Foundation is deeply invested in the vitality of the entire nonprofit sector in Boston and across the state. Since its founding in 1915, the Foundation and its many donors have made more than $1 billion in grants to nonprofit organizations, including nearly $78 million in 2011 alone.
  • Philanthropy

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    As one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the country—and the first community foundation to make a grant—the Boston Foundation is committed to examining the impact of philanthropy—and the challenges faced by foundations and charitable individuals in the 21st century--in our city and state.

  • Workforce Development

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    To ensure that Boston’s economy is thriving, residents must have access to training and education that lead to jobs with family-sustaining wages.  Building a jobs pipeline for Greater Boston and Massachusetts is crucial to the economic vitality of the city and region.  As such, workforce development is a major focus of the Boston Foundation’s civic leadership activities.

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