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Equity and COVID-19

With a new 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.

COVID-19 Response Fund

Live Arts Boston 2020

Unbound Bodies Collective
UnBound Bodies Collective is one of 60 LAB grantees; 72% of projects led by artists of color
Meet the 2020 grantees

Stories from the community

Yi Chin Chen, Executive Director of Friends of the Children Boston
Visit 'City of Ideas' blog for stories of nonprofits and leaders playing a key role addressing equity issues and fighting against COVID-19
Visit 'City of Ideas'

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. For videos of select past forums and webinars, go to our Events page.

In Case You Missed It...

A black and white photo of Dr. MLK Jr. and Coretta Scott King hugging, MLK on the left and Coretta on the right.
Vitas mori. Albus orexiss ducunt ad gabalium. Ubi est altus nomen? Liberi de castus bubo, pugna species! Persuadere diligenter ducunt ad bi-color barcas.

Legacy of Love, Watch Party & Discussion (Virtual)

Join WGBH and King Boston, along with The Boston Foundation, for a live watch party and panel discussion on Roberto Mighty’s new film Legacy of Love. Legacy of Love brings to light the mostly unknown story of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott’s formative years in 1950s Boston.

Watch a recording of the panel disucssion
Guaranteed Income Cover Art
Vitas mori. Albus orexiss ducunt ad gabalium. Ubi est altus nomen? Liberi de castus bubo, pugna species! Persuadere diligenter ducunt ad bi-color barcas.

A Guaranteed Income for Massachusetts

Though our local economy was booming for years, it was failing to deliver for far too many households. With the COVID crisis providing new interest in the concept of providing guaranteed income to all residents, Boston Indicators explores one vehicle that could expand cash payments to thousands of households - building upon the state's Earned Income Tax Credit. Join us for the release of a new report and discussion.

Click here for the video and recap

Recent Reports

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Report | Racial Equity

A Guaranteed Income for Massachusetts

Boston Indicators teams up with the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center and the Economic Security Project to explore how an expansion of the state Earned Income Tax Credit could provide a guaranteed income stream, and improved financial security, to over 1.7 million Massachusetts residents in families earning less than $70,000 per year.

Download the report
Racial Equity in Housing GBHRC 2020 cover

Report | Neighborhoods and Housing

Race, Equity & Housing in the Time of COVID-19

In the second installment of the Greater Boston Housing Report Card report series, researchers from the UMass Donahue Institute highlight the links between decades of housing inequity and lack of affordability and the spread of COVID-19 in 2020.

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Qualified Renters Need Not Apply

A new study from the Housing Discrimination Testing Program at Suffolk University Law School, supported by the Boston Foundation, finds strong evidence of discrimination against Black and lower-income renters by agents and housing providers in Boston.

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Report | Neighborhoods and Housing

Housing Stability: COVID-19 and Beyond

The first brief from the 2020 Greater Boston Housing Report Card team focuses on the remarkable impact COVID-19 and the resulting economic disruption has had on homeowners and renters.

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Recent Forum Recaps

Orlando Watkins, "Know Your Price" book cover and Andres Perry from left to right.

Video | Racial Equity

Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property In Boston

In a wide-ranging discussion, Vice President for Programs Orlando Watkins and others talked with Andre Perry of the Brookings Institution about the insights and revelations in his new book, "Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America's Black Cities," and what Boston can and should learn from it.

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