We invite you to explore our 2023 Annual Report: Pathways to Equity

Ebony Johnson banner

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
Equity transparency
LGBT Pride flag couple

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.

Our Work with Donors

Pathways to Equity

This year’s Boston Foundation annual report, organized around our four pathways to equity, tells some profoundly personal stories about how our donors and our nonprofit partners have the capacity to change lives. We offer deep thanks to our nonprofit partners who collaborated with us on this report and especially to those who shared their personal and inspiring stories with us.

Latest News

Boston Magazine collage

Lee Pelton and TBF wealth, housing work featured in Boston Magazine

The story in the December issue explores the Foundation's new equity pathways, as well as the launch of the Greater Boston Partnership to Close the Racial Wealth Gap.

Issue on Newsstands Now
GBHRC cover on map background

Supply, affordability challenge housing market, finds Greater Boston Housing Report Card

The 21st year of the Report Card explores how high housing costs are affecting every level of buyer and renter, while the report's special topic takes a closer look at Community Land Trusts as a part of a comprehensive solution.

Read more
Exclusionary by Design image from cover

New report explores a century of zoning policy as a tool of exclusion in Greater Boston

In-depth historical research into the history of zoning in Greater Boston explores how zoning policy over the past century has been used to shape the de facto segregation of Greater Boston along racial and class lines.

Read more
Brother Thomas collage

Nineteen Greater Boston artists selected for $15,000 fellowships as 2023 Brother Thomas Fellows

The 2023 cohort is the largest and most diverse in Brother Thomas Fellows history - and brings to $1,365,000 the total amount distributed to practicing artists from the estate of the world-renowned ceramicist Brother Thomas Bezanson.

Read more

Upcoming Events

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

#ShopAAPI Night Market

Dive into your holiday shopping and support local AAPI-owned businesses at a unique Asian-style night market inside the atrium at 75 Arlington/10 St. James in Back Bay. A roster of AAPI-operated small businesses will be on hand with holiday gifts, delectable treats and other festive items - for one special night only!

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

Racial Wealth Equity Series: Baby Bonds

The next virtual event in the Racial Wealth Equity Research and Conversation Series will focus on baby bonds and feature Dr. Darrick Hamilton alongside Massachusetts Treasurer Deborah Goldberg and Connecticut Treasurer Erick Russell. The event will explore Dr. Hamilton’s research on the potential of baby bonds to help narrow the racial wealth gap and advance economic security for all. It will also include a discussion of the nation’s first statewide baby bonds program being rolled out in Connecticut and compare and contrast this with similar legislation pending in Massachusetts.

Register for the webinar

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.