Donate to help those affected by the gas fires in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover.

Here’s how.


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Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico

Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico
All gifts support a highly vetted portfolio of nonprofits assisting with Hurricane Maria relief efforts in both Puerto Rico and Massachusetts. 
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Boston EdTalks 2018

The 7th Annual Boston EdTalks features ten talks by educators about the ways to drive innovation in the classroom, the school and the community.
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Grant-Making Opportunity

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

Next Steps for Boston Dance

Next Steps for Boston Dance provides multi-layered support for Greater Boston’s choreographers. This grant program aims to support Greater Boston choreographers creating original work in any dance genre and at any career level, post-college, to move forward and take a “next step” in their careers.

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The Lawrence Emergency Fund

Assisting Our Neighbors in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover

On September 13, 2018, the cities of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover experienced a devastating series of gas explosions and fires, resulting in one death, multiple injuries and the destruction of at least 60 homes. Like you, we at the Boston Foundation want to respond in a way that will be of greatest assistance to those affected by this tragedy. A special Lawrence Emergency Fund has been established by the Essex County Community Foundation to aid the families that have experienced medical emergencies, displacement and damage to their homes. We urge you to contribute to this important emergency fund, which was created to assist our close neighbors and friends in Essex County in their time of need.

Please click on one of the links above or visit the Essex County Community Foundation to help.

Recent Reports

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Report | Equality Fund

Equality and Equity: Advancing the LGBT Community in Massachusetts

This report from Boston Indicators and The Fenway Institute finds that young Massachusetts residents are much more likely to self-identify as LGBT than in previous generations, but they still feel many of the social pressures and discrimination of the past. The report also finds Massachusetts’ LGBT community is diverse, disproportionately young, and second in the nation when measured as a percentage of the state’s population.

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Report | Education

School Autonomy in Action: A Case Study of Two Massachusetts Innovation Schools

Leveraging autonomy to strengthen teacher collaboration and community engagement, two Massachusetts innovation schools created powerful, child-centered learning environments. The Winter Hill Community Innovation School in Somerville and the Paul Revere Innovation School in Revere—the 2017 Pozen Prize finalists—underwent rapid school improvement by supporting students’ social, emotional, and intellectual needs. Working in collaboration with The Boston Foundation, the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy produced this case study to describe how the two schools used school-based decision-making to accelerate student learning.

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College Access Report

Report | Education

Supporting Postsecondary Success: Understanding the College Access and Success Landscape in Boston

This report, conducted by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute for Success Boston, finds that Boston students have access to unprecedented levels of support for getting into and persisting in college, but that the effectiveness of those supports would be increased by improved coordination and sharing among schools, community organizations and higher education institutions.

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Recent Forums

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The Work of Leisure

At this forum, the Boston Foundation released "The Work of Leisure: Behind the Scenes of Massachusetts' Leisure, Hospitality and Tourism Industry" - the first such study in 27 years - which is a detailed report that reveals how ubiquitous this industry really is and how much influence it has. The forum included a presentation of the report and a panel discussion about the implications of its findings.

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2018 Patrick Prize for Community Colleges

The Boston Foundation welcomed community college leaders and staff to the Foundation on June 5th where it was announced that Holyoke Community College has been selected as the winner of the 2018 Deval Patrick Prize for Community Colleges.

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Video | Nonprofit Effectiveness

Leading with Intent

This forum was for the Boston release of BoardSource's national Leading With Intent report. The findings, including data on the state of nonprofit board diversity, were presented by Anne Wallestead. Following the presentation, an experienced panel of local nonprofit board and staff members shared their insights.

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Video | Equality Fund

Equality and Equity: Advancing the LGBT Community in Massachusetts

At this forum, the Boston Foundation released a report authored by Boston Indicators and the Fenway Institute that features new research about our state's LGBT community. Following a presentation of the report's findings, there was a series of discussions on the inequities facing today's diverse LGBT community and ways to address them and other challenges going forward.

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Reclaiming My Mind: Perspective-Taking through Metacognition

The most important lessons we learn to become better world citizens are often hard and uncomfortable. Because very few of us like discomfort, we often avoid those areas of discomfort and by doing so, bury many important lessons that we should be not only teaching, but also learning. In her presentation from the 2018 Boston EdTalks, Simone Miles Esteves, Middle School History Teacher and Advisor to the Director of Multicultural Services at the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, Mass., suggests perspective-taking through metacognition is a highly effective approach to teaching that strengthens our pedagogy—and our contributions to society—and supports the development of empathetic kids who will engineer and sustain an equitable and socially just world.

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