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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.

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

"Leaders everywhere, not just those from organizations that focus on equity and social justice, must speak out clearly, emphatically, and, most importantly, follow their speech with action."

- Paul Grogan and Sandy Edgerley, President/CEO and Board Chair, The Boston Foundation

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
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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 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.

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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.

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In Case You Missed It...

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2020 Greater Boston Housing Report Card Webinar: Racial Equity in Housing in the COVID-19 Era

In the second event of the 2020 Greater Boston Housing Report Card webinar series, we outline the history of place and patterns of segregation in Massachusetts, assess their role in quality of life, social mobility, and public health, and highlight how those issues are exacerbated during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Qualified Renters Need Not Apply: Race and Voucher Discrimination in the Metro Boston Rental Market

In Massachusetts, federal and state civil rights laws prohibit housing discrimination based on race and source of income, among other factors. Research conducted from August 2018 to July 2019, however, demonstrates that the reality is far from this ideal in the Greater Boston area. Please join us via webinar for the release of a report detailing the project’s findings and recommendations.

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Recent Reports

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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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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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Report | Racial Equity

Facilitating Organizational Change: Lessons from Nonprofit Participation in InclusionBoston

In a new report, YWBoston looks at the challenging but rewarding journey to improving Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) within nonprofit organizations. The report looks at how ten organizations, funded by the Boston Foundation, are using the YW's InclusionBoston curriculum and strategy to make progress diversifying leadership, advancing racial equity, and changing organizational culture.

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Recent Forum Recaps

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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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Video | Racial Equity

Zooming in to focus on Diversity Equity and Inclusion

More than 500 people joined us for the first large virtual forum of the spring, to release the findings of a study of 10 organizations who are digging into their own issues of diversity, equity and inclusion as part of the YW Boston's InclusionBoston initiative.

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Video | Jobs and Economic Development

The Powerful Economic and Social Returns of ESOL Programming

The Boston Foundation and Latino Legacy Fund release a report from Northeastern University researchers that show ESOL programs work - but there are far too few of them for the quarter-million working-age adults in need of English-language learning.

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Video | Education

What’s Next for Boston’s Public Schools?

Looking back at her first few months and ahead at the future, Boston Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius shared her plans and listened as a panel of her peers discussed what it might take to move BPS forward.