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Equity, Justice and COVID-19

With a special response fund and working in partnership with donors, nonprofits, philanthropy and others, we join Greater Boston in taking on the inequities made evident by COVID-19 and the movement for racial justice.

What We Do COVID-19 Response Fund

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Boston Mayor Marty Walsh
Powered by donors, our convenings, research and ongoing policy work are made possible by the Annual Campaign for Civic Leadership.
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Current Grant Opportunities

New homeowner stands at apartment door, thanks to open door grant
Vitas mori. Albus orexiss ducunt ad gabalium. Ubi est altus nomen? Liberi de castus bubo, pugna species! Persuadere diligenter ducunt ad bi-color barcas.

Open Door Grants 2021

The Boston Foundation is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2021 edition of the Open Door Grants program. The program provides two-year, $50,000 general operating support grants to organizations whose work falls outside our Impact Areas. Visit our Open Door Grants page to learn more about the changes, explore answers to Frequently Asked Questions, and begin the application process.

Click here to visit the Open Door Grants page

Upcoming Events

At this time, the Boston Foundation has postponed all in-person meetings and public events until further notice. We have moved all of our programming to online platforms through at least September 2021. As new online events are scheduled, they will be posted here. For videos of select past forums and webinars, go to our Events page.

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Recent Reports

Greater Boston Housing Report Card cover

Report | Neighborhoods and Housing

Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2021

The 18th Annual Greater Boston Housing Report Card looks at the effects of COVID on the region's economy and housing, and highlights some of the policies that could provide permanent improvements in housing affordability and availability.

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Recent Forum Recaps

Greater Boston Housing Report Card cover

Video | Neighborhoods and Housing

The Journey from Pandemic to Permanent Changes in Housing

The release of the 2021 Greater Boston Housing Report Card served as a look back at a pandemic, and a look ahead to what it taught us about economic and policy interventions that could advance the long-term fight for housing equity.

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A picture of three women of color on graduation day. Two are wearing purple graduation robes, smiling, one of whom has her hands in the air. The third woman is standing in between the two graduates, wearing a black coat and holding an umbrella. Graduates and their families are in the background.

Video | Education

Pathways to Economic Mobility: Identifying the Labor Market Value of ​​​​​Community College in Massachusetts

On June 9, we heard some good news: The economic returns for students who enroll in community college are strong and positive, according to a new report from Boston Foundation, MassINC and Dukakis Center at Northeastern University. After a report presentation, we heard from panel of leaders, researchers, educators and students who shared reactions to the findings and discussed their implications for policy, practice, and investment.

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Video | The Boston Opportunity Agenda

Opportunity Youth Collaborative Data for Impact

On June 8, 2021, representatives from Boston Public Schools and Bunker Hill Community College, as well as youth and young adult leaders, spoke about their work with the Opportunity Youth Collaborative. They shared lessons learned from their work using data to address racial inequity in student experience and outcomes and their goals for the future.

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Video | Health Starts at Home

Health Starts at Home

On June 1, the Boston Foundation hosted a forum in which evaluation researchers presented data, representatives from the Health Starts at Home partnerships talked about their respective approaches and learnings, and a panel of housing and health experts talked about the findings in relation to the daily work of physician, administrator and public servant.

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In center photo, two drawings of women of Asian descent with the words "NO HATE" written below them. These drawings are being held up by people in a rally outdoors.

Video | Asian Community Fund

Building AAPI Power

During this May 24, 2021 forum hosted by the Asian Community Fund and the Boston Foundation, Anne Kiyono Calef (Research Fellow, Boston Indicators) presented data assessing the current needs of AAPI communities. Her presentation was followed by a panel discussion featuring community leaders who not only shared how their organizations are supporting AAPI communities, but also how we can work together to meet these needs while building AAPI power.

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