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Now is the time to move equity.

Now is the time to move Boston.

Our Work

We believe that closing the gap on the region’s greatest disparities opens pathways to opportunity, prosperity and equitable outcomes. This complex, challenging and critical goal requires tackling the individual-, systems- and root-level causes of inequity. Here's where we are digging in.

What We Do
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You by our side. Equity at the center.

The systemic and structural inequities at the core of our region’s disparities cannot be dismantled without extraordinary perseverance and collaboration among visionary and courageous partners, donors and leaders. Together we can improve lives and strengthen communities.

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Latest News

TBF arrow logo. Shifting Power and Advancing Justice 2024 Movement Leaders

TBF invests over $4 million in six movement leaders in launch of new ‘Shifting Power, Advancing Justice’ partnership

The six partners will work together in a three-year effort to strengthen their leadership and move their organizations forward in their efforts to spark social, economic and political change in the region.

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Our Journey to Community-Based Philanthropy

In the first of a new series from Orlando Watkins, our Chief Program Officer writes with Safety Net Grants Program Officer Candace Burton about the years-long learning journey to weave community leadership throughout our collective work.

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TBF News explores Advancing Community Wealth

Through affordable housing preservation, establishing and strengthening pathways to home ownership, helping to build and grow thriving cultural spaces, and fostering opportunities for Asian, Black, Indigenous and Latino-owned small businesses to thrive, TBF is focused on building stable, enriching and equitable communities across our region. These stories reflect our work in our Advancing Community Wealth pathway.

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New Boston Indicators report explores the economic and demographic power of Greater Boston's immigrants

A new report in partnership with the Immigration Research Initiative shows that while the geographic makeup of Greater Boston's immigrants has shifted over the decades, immigrants remain an important force in the region's economy.

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Fueling change through civic leadership

Working beyond grantmaking, we collect data, commission research and share knowledge to inform public policy and catalyze conversations on issues with the greatest impact on the people of Greater Boston. 

Upcoming Events

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Inequality and Insecurity in Retirement

As part of the Racial Wealth Equity Resource Center initiative, Boston Indicators has partnered with Jeffrey Thompson and Hope Bodenschatz of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston to produce Inequality and Insecurity in Retirement, a new report that will be presented and discussed at this release event.

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Vitas mori. Albus orexiss ducunt ad gabalium. Ubi est altus nomen? Liberi de castus bubo, pugna species! Persuadere diligenter ducunt ad bi-color barcas.

The Latino Equity Fund Presents: ¡Pa’lante! A Decade of Impact

The year 2024 marks the 10th anniversary of the Latino Equity Fund’s (LEF) first grant cycle as an established equity fund at TBF. Over the fund's first decade, LEF has made a total of $1.8 million in grants to 70 organizations. To commemorate LEF’s impact over the last decade as the only philanthropic fund dedicated to Latinos in MA, the Fund is hosting a community celebration that will include Latinidad, music, performances and delicious local cuisine at Bow Market in Somerville. Please join us to celebrate!

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Pathways to Equity

The Boston Foundation's 2023 annual report, organized around our four pathways to equity, tells some profoundly personal stories about how our donors and our nonprofit partners have the capacity to change lives. We offer deep thanks to our nonprofit partners who collaborated with us on this report and especially to those who shared their personal and inspiring stories with us.

We are a hub of partnerships and networks that work with and answer to the communities we serve. We collect data, commission research, share knowledge, develop programs, and fuel new ideas.