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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.

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Powered by donors, our convenings, research and ongoing policy work are made possible by the Annual Campaign for Civic Leadership.
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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 March 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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Seizing the Moment: Proposals for a Just and Equitable Recovery

Over the past month Boston Indicators has been releasing policy briefs through its new Seizing the Moment project. Written by a range of community leaders, briefs present concrete ideas for advancing equity and justice as we emerge from the pandemic, working to ensure that our region is more resilient when the next crisis hits. We’re inviting you to a unique event on Wednesday, April 14 to hear from and engage with these authors. 

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Bright Spots and Big Questions: Cultural Spaces in Greater Boston

While the coronavirus pandemic has been devastating for the region’s arts sector and creative workers, there is some good news. Cultural organizations are finding new ways to build and finance space for rehearsal and recording, classes, performances, culinary enterprises, and more. Join us as leaders of four Boston-area organizations operating or seeking to build new cultural space share how they are approaching new business models, how they are faring in the pandemic, and the challenges and opportunities they see in retaining and creating new arts and cultural workspaces in the region.

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Unleashing the Potential of Entrepreneurs of Color in Massachusetts: A Blueprint for Economic Growth and Equitable Recovery

Join MassINC, the Coalition for an Equitable Economy and the Boston Foundation as we map out the tools, resources and commitments necessary to achieve racial and ethnic parity in business ownership by the end of the decade. We’ll spotlight findings from a new MassINC report, Unleashing the Potential of Entrepreneurs of Color in Massachusetts, hear from leaders and small business owners about how we can come together to help more people of color achieve their business aspirations.

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Recent Reports

Report | Arts and Culture

Shared Spaces: Learnings from the Place Leadership Network

A web collection and a new report capture some of the impacts and lessons learned of the Place Leadership Network, a year-long pilot bringing together a diverse cohort of place-based organizations to learn, build a network, and work toward creating more equitable spaces in Greater Boston

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A Culture of Excellence: A Case Study of the Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School

Before COVID-19 forced school closures across Massachusetts, the Boston Foundation partnered with the Rennie Center to conduct a case study of the Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School. The case study tells the Banneker’s remarkable story of school improvement and sustained excellence, describing how the school achieves success by creating an environment that celebrates and affirms the culture and identity of every student, family, and staff member.

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Recent Forum Recaps

Studio B at The Record Co. - a warmly lit recording studio with a red carpet and a drum set in the center of the room. Photo by Jenny Bergman.

Video | Arts and Culture

Bright Spots, Big Questions: Cultural Spaces in Greater Boston

During the pandemic, cultural organizations are finding new ways to build and finance space for rehearsal and recording, classes, performances, culinary enterprises, and more. On March 31, 2021, leaders of four Boston-area organizations operating or seeking to build new cultural space shared how they are approaching new business models, how they are faring in the pandemic, and the challenges and opportunities they see in retaining and creating new arts and cultural workspaces in the region.

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Video | Early Childhood

Early Childhood Coffee and Conversation: Vaccine Hesitancy

On March 12, 2021, early education leaders, grassroots leaders, health care providers and child care directors explored vaccine hesitancy and what it means for the education community. They covered historical and current trends, community resources and how to support those who need more information.

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