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Welcome to the Embrace

Thank you to everyone who made the unveiling of The Embrace possible. Since 2017, TBF has been a proud partner and host for Embrace Boston.

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Upcoming Events

At this time, the Boston Foundation has resumed some in person events while continuing an extensive schedule of online events. Event listings will indicate whether events are in person or virtual. For videos of select past forums and webinars, explore our Events page.

Current Opportunities

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Applications Now Open: TBF Safety Net Grants Program

The Safety Net Grants program is designed to support social service organizations that respond to essential needs, defined as resources that restore health, wellness, safety and belonging for individuals or families in crisis, for marginalized communities and vulnerable residents in Greater Boston. 

Safety Net Grants Overview and How to Apply
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Equality Fund 2023 Grant Applications

The Equality Fund is now accepting applications from Greater Boston nonprofit organizations that serve and strengthen the LGBTQ+ community, with an eye toward highlighting and partnering with organizations at the intersection of race and ethnicity with LGBTQ+ identities.

Click here to learn more and apply for a grant

Recent Reports

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Report | Neighborhoods and Housing

A Right to Rental Assistance in Massachusetts

A new report from a partnership of housing groups finds that MA could provide affordable housing for 240,000 families by investing in an expansion of the state’s housing voucher program, Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP), answering key questions about how the expansion might work, how many could benefit, what it would cost, and how we could meet the implementation challenges.

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Report | About the Foundation

The 2022 Annual Report: A City Reawakens

The 2022 Annual Report captures the vitality of a city cautiously emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, through the eyes of six photographers and festivals and events in neighborhoods across the city.

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Report | Civic Leadership

Inaugural Boston Climate Progress Report

The Boston Foundation and the Dukakis Center begin a long-term series of biennial reports with a look at how well Boston is reducing emissions and building climate justice and resiliency, and a recommendation of four "big lifts" that would make a major difference.

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Recent Forum Recaps

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Video | Early Childhood

Preparing For Child Care Reform: How to Improve the Subsidy System to Maximize Future Investment

TBF hosted a webinar to review a new report about the complex early childhood education and care subsidy system in Massachusetts. Following the research presentations, panelists representing different segments of the early childhood ecosystem discussed the implications of these findings and recommendations to strengthen the subsidy system in Massachusetts.

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Video | Boston Indicators

Boston Census Briefing: How the Census Affects the City of Boston

Co-Sponsored by Boston Indicators, the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center and Massachusetts Voter Table, the event featured three presentations on the history and importance of data to drive solutions to critical problems, and ongoing efforts to ensure that Census data now and heading toward Census 2030 reflects a complete count of residents.

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Video | Civic Leadership

Boston Climate Progress Report 2022

Held in conjunction with the release of the first in a series of biennial report cards on the state of the city in a changing climate, our virtual forum dug in on the barriers to change, and highlighted where Boston can continue to be a world leader in climate response

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Video | Asian Community Fund

Presenting the Voices of the AAPI Business Community

Before a sizeable and thoroughly engaged online audience, the Asian Business Empowerment Council (ABEC) made its programmatic debut with a lively forum designed to elevate the voices of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) business community.

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