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.
Through its civic leadership and grantmaking, the Boston Foundation focuses on accelerating structural reform and promoting autonomies in Boston’s public schools. It is 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.
In support of K-12 education in Boston, the Foundation has made many major, strategic grants including one to Unlocking Potential to open the UP Academy, a Horace Mann, in-district charter school, and a multi-year grant to NewSchools Venture Fund to support the replication of high-performing charter schools. In 2008, the Boston Foundation convened the statewide Race to the Top Coalition
, which played a key role in passing education reform and attracting $250 million in federal funds to the state. Now, the Coalition is monitoring improvements and in 2011, released the first progress report on the success of Race to the Top funding, titled Toward Closing the Achievement Gap
The Foundation is 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, and a partner with the City of Boston and its universities on the Success Boston college completion initiative. The Foundation also convened the Coalition FOR Community Colleges, a statewide coalition of business, civic and community organizations that helped bring stronger alignment and accountability to the community college system, while maintaining each campus' ability to serve local needs.