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Now is the time to move equity.

Now is the time to move Boston.

Our Work

We believe that closing the gap on the region’s greatest disparities opens pathways to opportunity, prosperity and equitable outcomes. This complex, challenging and critical goal requires tackling the individual-, systems- and root-level causes of inequity. Here's where we are digging in.

What We Do
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You by our side. Equity at the center.

The systemic and structural inequities at the core of our region’s disparities cannot be dismantled without extraordinary perseverance and collaboration among visionary and courageous partners, donors and leaders. Together we can improve lives and strengthen communities.

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Our new brand, focused on equity

The updates to TBF's brand reflect our current and future efforts to create a more just and equitable city and region, and a Foundation-wide approach, including four interconnected pathways of work that we believe will move the city forward in our collective efforts for equity.

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Boston Indicators launches new website to curate research into racial wealth inequity

The Racial Wealth Equity Resource Center features provides a home for curating research, data and solutions across ten key resource areas, as well as a platform for new policy research.

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A Long Road Home: A Racial Equity Analysis of Homeownership Support Programs in Massachusetts

An opportunity to expand programs and improve systems for affordable homeownership in MA

A new Boston Indicators report finds that programs to provide affordable mortgages and down payment assistance for MA homebuyers are opening doors for more Black and Latino families to buy homes. The analysis also highlights opportunities to scale these efforts and have a greater impact.

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Affirmative action decision an exercise in 'magical thinking', says Lee Pelton

In a new essay, TBF's President and CEO says the rulings tossing out affirmative action in college admissions are built on flawed logic. Worse, they won't actually address the issues at hand.

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TBF announces $3.1 million in new grants, including $1.2 million in first round from Safety Net Grants Program

Safety Net Grants were selected in a process featuring more than two dozen local reviewers, as TBF's expands its portfolio of community-led grantmaking opportunities. The docket also includes the first grants organized by TBF's new pathways toward equity.

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Recent Events

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A Long Road Home Report Release

Policies have systematically denied opportunities to Black households and other households of color, dramatically driving the racial wealth gap and entrenching the hurdles for some populations to accumulate wealth. At this event, Boston Indicators released the new report, A Long Road Home, which explores the existing landscape of programs and policies in Massachusetts to support homeowners—many of which are national models—and how we can build on this foundation to continue addressing these discriminatory policies and practices and pushing toward equity.

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Fueling change through civic leadership

Working beyond grantmaking, we collect data, commission research and share knowledge to inform public policy and catalyze conversations on issues with the greatest impact on the people of Greater Boston. 

We are a hub of partnerships and networks that work with and answer to the communities we serve. We collect data, commission research, share knowledge, develop programs, and fuel new ideas.