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We bring people and resources together to solve Boston’s big problems.

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Business Equity Fund

The Business Equity Fund provides critical expansion capital to successful minority-owned businesses, creating opportunities and expanding community economies. 
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"For many of these organizations, the Boston Foundation is a committed partner who was ‘There at the Beginning,’ and we are proud to continue our support..."

- Paul Grogan, President and CEO, The Boston Foundation

Upcoming Events

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The Boston Opportunity Agenda 8th Annual Report Card

The annual event (being held at the Museum of Fine Arts) looks at Boston's education performance along a number of key indicators for Boston students from early education to college and beyond. Along with remarks from the Mayor's Office and leaders in education in Boston, this event will recognize the Reverend Ray Hammond, whose leadership and engagement as the Boston Opportunity Agenda's first board chair has been instrumental in its work.

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The Growing Wave of Immigration Restrictions: What's at Stake for Massachusetts?

The Boston Foundation's Grassroots Strategy in partnership with Boston Indicators and the Greater Boston Immigrant Defense Fund will release a detailed briefing to the general public highlighting the recent immigration-related developments such as: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Public Charge, the termination of Temporary Protected Status, and changes to humanitarian protection programs for refugees and asylum seekers.

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Current Opportunities

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Place Leadership Network

The Boston Foundation invites applications from place-based organizations in the Boston region to enter the inaugural cohort of the Place Leadership Network. The Network program includes a nine-month fellowship curriculum, where local place-based leaders will learn from one another, access a network of expertise and resources, and advance transformative projects for their communities in an institute setting, followed by opportunities for funding to implement programs and projects that are developed as part of the Institute.

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Recent Reports

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Report | Civic Leadership Fund

Changing Faces of Greater Boston

Boston Indicators teams up with the UMass Donahue Institute and UMass Boston research teams to explore the dramatic change in greater Boston's demographics since 1990, and the impact on Boston's neighborhoods and the region's cities and towns.

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Recent Forums

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Video | Education

Boston EdTalks 2019

The new WBUR CitySpace served as the perfect setting for the 2019 Boston EdTalks, a series of brilliant presentations by Boston-area educators on the challenges, opportunities and rewards of life in and around the classroom.

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Video | Civic Leadership Fund

Changing Faces of Greater Boston: A Symposium

A capacity crowd filled the Edgerley Center as researchers from Boston Indicators, UMass Boston and the UMass Donahue Institute rolled out new research on the rapid demographic change in Greater Boston - and a panel of local leaders reacted.

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Video | Jobs and Economic Development

The Catapult Papers: Essays on the Future of Workforce Development

At the release of a new series of papers on the next generation of workforce development, panelists worked to unpack the challenges and opportunities a tight labor market provides for workforce development, and the tools and strategies smart organizations are already using.

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