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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 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.

A purple, blue and yellow sunset over Boston.
Vitas mori. Albus orexiss ducunt ad gabalium. Ubi est altus nomen? Liberi de castus bubo, pugna species! Persuadere diligenter ducunt ad bi-color barcas.

2021 Greater Boston Housing Report Card - Pandemic Housing Policy: From Progress to Permanence

Please join us for the Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2021 forum, Pandemic Housing Policy: From Progress to Permanence. This year’s edition of the Greater Boston Housing Report Card makes the case that the region’s most difficult housing challenges are still with us, that those challenges were compounded by recent events, and that the bold federal, state and local responses to the acute economic crisis should be parlayed into long-term responses to our ongoing housing crisis. The research presentation will be followed by a panel discussion of experts, each with a unique perspective on lessons learned during this unprecedented time.

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

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

Please join the Boston Foundation and MassINC for the release of a new report on the employment and earnings outcomes of community college students and graduates in Massachusetts. Drawing on a new statewide system linking data across high schools, postsecondary institutions, and employers, this research explores important and timely questions to better understand the impact of community colleges on students’ career trajectories and their value as a pathway to economic mobility in the Commonwealth.

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Recent Reports

Report | Racial Equity

The Color of the Capital Gap

Boston Indicators and the Foundation's Economic Inclusion team, in partnership with the Coalition for an Equitable Economy, explore the many elements feeding into the troubling lack of access to capital for entrepreneurs and business owners of color - and the local policy solutions that could close the gap.

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Report | The Boston Opportunity Agenda

Boston Opportunity Agenda Ninth Annual Report Card

The ninth annual Boston Opportunity Agenda Report Card looks at how the pandemic has affected many of the indicators used to track how Boston students are doing in education from early childhood through adulthood, as well as tracking the landscape of the Opportunity Agenda's efforts to strengthen the education pipeline.

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Recent Forum Recaps

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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Video | Boston Indicators

The Color of the Capital Gap

At a forum on May 20, Boston Indicators released a report called produced in partnership with The Coalition for an Equitable Economy; The Color of the Capital Gap examines the disparate levels of growth capital available to businesses in Massachusetts and, crucially, proposes actions to be taken to remedy the disparities.

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