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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.

In Case You Missed It...

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Learning From Place: Placemaking and Philanthropy in a Pandemic 

Join community leaders as they share learnings about investing in place and advancing spatial justice. The forum will address the promise and shortcomings of a place-based philanthropic strategy and, ultimately, highlight the role of community leaders in shaping vibrant, resilient, and equitable places.

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SkillWorks
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Advancing Workforce Equity in Boston: A Blueprint for Action

SkillWorks partnered with PolicyLink, the National Equity Atlas, Burning Glass Technologies, and the National Fund for Workforce Solutions on the newly-released report Advancing Workforce Equity in Boston: A Blueprint for Action. Join us for a presentation of the report's data followed by a conversation about how we can leverage this data in Greater Boston to implement the changes necessary for an equitable economic recovery and future.

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Recent Reports

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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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Report | The Boston Opportunity Agenda

Boston's Childcare Supply Crisis: What a Pandemic Reveals

The Boston Opportunity Agenda updates its annual look at the state of early education in Boston, and finds the COVID-19 pandemic has put even greater strain on the sector, reducing the number of available seats and putting current care and the future economic recovery at risk.

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Report | Racial Equity

Racial Equity Capacity Builders Directory

The second edition of the Racial Equity Capacity Builders Directory provides information about more than 100 individuals and organizations that work with nonprofits to support organizational racial equity and DEI efforts.

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Recent Forum Recaps

SkillWorks

Video | SkillWorks

Advancing Workforce Equity in Boston: A Blueprint for Action

At a February 22 virtual forum hosted by the Boston Foundation, experts in workforce development and authors of a new report from SkillWorks, National Fund for Workforce Solutions, PolicyLink and Burning Glass Technologies discussed leveraging data in Greater Boston with an eye towards an equitable economic recovery.

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Video | Education

Building a Better Democracy through Civic Engagement

Educators and researchers take a look at the need for continued investments in civics education in Massachusetts and how a landmark 2018 civics education law is being implemented in schools across Massachusetts.

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Video | Jobs and Economic Development

Catapult 1 Year Later

The Boston Foundation and SkillWorks host a look at how the pandemic of 2020 has turned the workforce development system - and Project Catapult's efforts to support next-gen workforce efforts, in new directions for the post-pandemic world.

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Current Grant Opportunities

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Bruce J. Anderson Foundation

Serving Cape Ann and Nashoba Valley, the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation provides grants for programs, direct services and new initiatives in the fields of mental health, environmental protection, historic and archival preservation and the arts. Grants range from $2,500 to $12,000.

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