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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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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 September 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.

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Boston Opportunity Agenda: 9th Annual Report Card Release

The COVID pandemic provides us with an opportunity to reimagine education in Boston. Join us to explore data trends across our cradle to career outcomes in Boston and explore what data on student outcomes will be available in the near future to guide our recovery efforts. Hear from community leaders about new ways that we can work together to advance equity and a just education ecosystem in Boston. 

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The Color of Capital Gap: Increasing Capital Access for Entrepreneurs of Color in Massachusetts

Join Boston Indicators, the Coalition for an Equitable Economy and the Boston Foundation’s Economic Inclusion team for the release of The Color of the Capital Gap: Increasing Capital Access for Entrepreneurs of Color in Massachusetts. The report analyzes the dynamics behind persistent racial disparities in access to capital and presents a set of bold and actionable solutions. After a presentation of the research, we’ll hear from policymakers, local experts advancing capital access solutions now, and entrepreneurs themselves.

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Building AAPI Power: Uniting Against Hate and Mobilizing for Our Shared Future 

In the wake of this anti-Asian hate and inequities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, increased visibility has allowed for a conversation about how Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities can build AAPI-led capabilities to mobilize for lasting change. In honor of AAPI Heritage Month, please join the Asian Community Fund and the Boston Foundation for a data presentation assessing the current needs of AAPI communities followed by a panel discussion featuring community leaders who will share how we can meet these needs while building AAPI power. 

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2021 Pozen Prize for Innovative Schools at the Boston Foundation

Please join us for the announcement of this year's Pozen Prize winner and a joint celebration of the two 2021 school finalists: Boston Collegiate Charter School and Pioneer Charter School of Science II. The Pozen Prize is an annual competition that recognizes a Greater Boston school with innovative models and practices that consistently boost students' achievement. Initially focused on Commonwealth charter schools, the Prize now also includes pioneering district schools, including innovation, pilot and in-district charter schools. 

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Health Starts at Home
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Health Starts at Home: Final Evaluation Forum 

Since 2014, the Boston Foundation’s Health Starts at Home initiative has brought together housing and health-care organizations in a series of partnerships. The purpose was to support work that demonstrates the benefits of stable, affordable housing on children’s health outcomes. This event marks the culmination of the seven-year Health Starts at Home initiative, with an assessment of its innovative and significant body of work. Please join us as representatives from the four Health Starts at Home partnerships describe their work and researchers from Health Resources in Action (HRiA) and Urban Institute share the final findings from the Health Starts at Home outcome evaluation.

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In Case You Missed It...

Recent Reports

Report | Education

Coming Back to Class: What Predicts Reenrollment of Students Who Have Stopped Out of College?

This report for Success Boston, The Boston Foundation and the Boston Opportunity Agenda explores the many reasons why students at two institutions, Bunker Hill Community College and UMass-Boston, "stopped out" of their learning without a degree, and the reasons they did (or did not) return. The report also discusses ways in which other two- and four-year institutions might take the lessons of this report into practice.

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Report | Arts and Culture

Shared Spaces: Learnings from the Place Leadership Network

A web collection and a new report capture some of the impacts and lessons learned of the Place Leadership Network, a year-long pilot bringing together a diverse cohort of place-based organizations to learn, build a network, and work toward creating more equitable spaces in Greater Boston

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Recent Forum Recaps

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Video | Racial Equity

Seizing the Moment: Proposals for a Just and Equitable Recovery

Boston Indicators brought together the authors of all 15 papers in the "Seizing the Moment: Proposals for a Just and Equitable Recovery" for a multi-dimensional series of talks on issue areas from early education to transit, housing and economic justice.

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Video | Arts and Culture

Bright Spots, Big Questions: Cultural Spaces in Greater Boston

During the pandemic, cultural organizations are finding new ways to build and finance space for rehearsal and recording, classes, performances, culinary enterprises, and more. On March 31, 2021, leaders of four Boston-area organizations operating or seeking to build new cultural space shared how they are approaching new business models, how they are faring in the pandemic, and the challenges and opportunities they see in retaining and creating new arts and cultural workspaces in the region.

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Video | Early Childhood

Early Childhood Coffee and Conversation: Vaccine Hesitancy

On March 12, 2021, early education leaders, grassroots leaders, health care providers and child care directors explored vaccine hesitancy and what it means for the education community. They covered historical and current trends, community resources and how to support those who need more information.

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