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COVID-19 Response

With a new fund and working in partnership with donors, nonprofits, philanthropies and other agencies, we join Greater Boston in taking on COVID-19.

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Understanding COVID's Impact

COVID-19 Community Data Lab
Boston Indicators launches the COVID Community Data Lab to broaden access to key data showing the impact of COVID-19 on the region's people and economy.
Explore the COVID Community Data Lab

Stories from the community

Yi Chin Chen, Executive Director of Friends of the Children Boston
Visit the Boston Foundation's 'City of Ideas' blog for stories from across the region of nonprofits and leaders playing a key role in the fight against COVID-19
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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 are postponing many events until Fall 2020, and moving others to online platforms. As new online events are scheduled, they will be posted here.

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

Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in Boston

TBF and the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program mark the release of a new book, "Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities." Author and Brookings fellow Andre M. Perry will discuss the historical basis and present-day implications – particularly in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic – of the devaluation of Black communities.

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Recent Reports

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Report | Racial Equity

Facilitating Organizational Change: Lessons from Nonprofit Participation in InclusionBoston

In a new report, YWBoston looks at the challenging but rewarding journey to improving Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) within nonprofit organizations. The report looks at how ten organizations, funded by the Boston Foundation, are using the YW's InclusionBoston curriculum and strategy to make progress diversifying leadership, advancing racial equity, and changing organizational culture.

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Report | Health and Wellness

Health Starts at Home Interim Findings report

This report from Health Resources in Action shares some of the promising early findings from our Health Starts at Home partners on the impact of coordinated health and housing supports for housing and health care unstable families in Greater Boston.

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Recent Forums

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Video | Racial Equity

Zooming in to focus on Diversity Equity and Inclusion

More than 500 people joined us for the first large virtual forum of the spring, to release the findings of a study of 10 organizations who are digging into their own issues of diversity, equity and inclusion as part of the YW Boston's InclusionBoston initiative.

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Video | Jobs and Economic Development

The Powerful Economic and Social Returns of ESOL Programming

The Boston Foundation and Latino Legacy Fund release a report from Northeastern University researchers that show ESOL programs work - but there are far too few of them for the quarter-million working-age adults in need of English-language learning.

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Video | Education

What’s Next for Boston’s Public Schools?

Looking back at her first few months and ahead at the future, Boston Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius shared her plans and listened as a panel of her peers discussed what it might take to move BPS forward.

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Video | Demographics

Boston’s Kids Today: Where Are They?

At the first forum of 2020, education leaders and journalists joined the discussion of a new report that finds the number of school-aged children in Boston falling, and the city's schools becoming more segregated.

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