The Boston  Foundation

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

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End-of-Year Opportunities

If you have been thinking about your long-term philanthropic strategy, now is the time to open a Donor Advised Fund at the Boston Foundation to get the tax advantages for the 2019 tax year.
How we work with donors

"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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Catapult Forward: Accelerating a Next-Generation Workforce Ecosystem in Greater Boston

As the Greater Boston regional economy continues to grow, we’re seeing a rapidly expanding gap between the demand for qualified talent and the lack of workers ready to fill in-demand roles. In this latest report, the Boston Foundation’s Project Catapult and SkillWorks collaborated with Monitor Institute by Deloitte to surface and share ways that “next-gen” workforce organizations can work to improve outcomes for workers and employers alike. We will share and discuss the report’s findings and explore how together we can change Greater Boston’s workforce system for the better.

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The ROI of ESOL: The Economic and Social Return on Investment for ESOL Programs in Massachusetts

Recognizing the importance of immigrants to Massachusetts and the value of English proficiency for immigrants’ advancement both economically and socially, the Boston Foundation and the Latino Legacy Fund commissioned a study to explore the region’s ESOL landscape and calculate the “return on investment” (ROI) of teaching English to speakers of other languages (ESOL).

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Current Grant Opportunities

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The Equality Fund

The Equality Fund at the Boston Foundation is accepting applications for project support grants up to $7,500 by organizations working to searve and strengthen Greater Boston's LGBTQ community.

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Recent Reports

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2019 Annual Report: Look What We Accomplished Together

The 2019 Annual Report from the Boston Foundation celebrates the power of partnerships. Meet some of the donors, partners in research, nonprofit leaders, other funders, grassroots activists and our close allies in business and in government who together have made possible remarkable advances in the arts, education, workforce development and more.

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Report | The Boston Opportunity Agenda

State of Early Education and Care in Boston

A first of its kind report from the Boston Opportunity Agenda finds significant gaps between supply and demand for quality, affordable childcare and early education programs throughout Boston.

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Report | Success Boston

The Story of Scaling Up

Success Boston college coaching has proven an effective support for Boston Public Schools graduates working their way through postsecondary education. A new report from Abt Associates looks at the impact of expanding the program to 1000 BPS graduates per graduating class, and whether the program has had a residual impact on all BPS students' ability to persist.

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Recent Forums

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Video | Neighborhoods and Housing

Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2019

A full house at the Edgerley Center for Civic leadership explored the implications of local control when it comes to addressing Greater Boston's pernicious housing challenges.

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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

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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