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.
Striving to raise public awareness of the nonprofit sector, the Boston Foundation was instrumental in the formation of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, which aims to improve organizational effectiveness and advocate for public policies that strengthen the sector. The Foundation has also sponsored a series of series of forums about the many challenges facing the nonprofit sector and has also released three reports—the most recent titled Passion & Purpose Revisited: Massachusetts Nonprofits and the Last Decade’s Financial Roller Coaster. The Foundation also sponsors and hosts the Giving Common, which is an innovative, web-based resource that provides current information about nonprofits and makes giving in Massachusetts quick and easy. Further, some of the community’s most important nonprofit institutions, including the New England Aquarium, Action for Boston Community Development, the Greater Boston Food Bank, WGBH-TV and numerous others, have been launched largely in part from support from the Foundation’s Permanent Fund, which supports all of the Foundation’s grantmaking in Greater Boston.