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The Boston  Foundation

We bring people and resources together to solve Boston’s big problems.

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Business Equity Fund

The Business Equity Fund provides critical expansion capital to successful minority-owned businesses, creating opportunities and expanding community economies. 
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"For many of these organizations, the Boston Foundation is a committed partner who was ‘There at the Beginning,’ and we are proud to continue our support..."

- Paul Grogan, President and CEO, The Boston Foundation

Upcoming Events

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Early Childhood Research Roundtable: Disrupting Inequities Among Early Educators

Ubiquitous low wages often mask the uneven playing field faced by current and prospective early educators. What does the latest research tell us about the impact of this wage disparity, and how might we develop strategies for disrupting these inequities?

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The Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2019: Supply, Demand and the Challenge of Local Control

The 2019 Greater Boston Housing Report Card analyzes the relationship of housing production to residential racial segregation, and assesses how presumed best practices at the municipal level may impact the volume and nature of housing production.

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Current Opportunities

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Open Door Grants

The Boston Foundation's Open Door Grants program supports dozens of Greater Boston nonprofits each year, with renewable grants of up to $50,000. Applications are accepted twice each year, with deadlines of August 1 and February 1.

Open Door Grants
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Shout Syndicate Fund

This new fund, starting by active members of the Boston music and performing arts scene, is looking to support "creative youth development organizations" that connect young people to the arts. Register for info sessions and learn more about the program from the main Shout Syndicate Fund page.

The Shout Syndicate Fund

Recent Reports

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Boston Opportunity Agenda 8th Annual Report Card

The 8th Annual Boston Opportunity Agenda Report Card examines how Boston public school, charter and Catholic school students are performing on key metrics from early childhood through college. New this year: an examination of how ready Boston high school graduates are for postsecondary work.

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Video | Education

Boston EdTalks 2019

The new WBUR CitySpace served as the perfect setting for the 2019 Boston EdTalks, a series of brilliant presentations by Boston-area educators on the challenges, opportunities and rewards of life in and around the classroom.

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Video | Civic Leadership Fund

Changing Faces of Greater Boston: A Symposium

A capacity crowd filled the Edgerley Center as researchers from Boston Indicators, UMass Boston and the UMass Donahue Institute rolled out new research on the rapid demographic change in Greater Boston - and a panel of local leaders reacted.

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Video | Jobs and Economic Development

The Catapult Papers: Essays on the Future of Workforce Development

At the release of a new series of papers on the next generation of workforce development, panelists worked to unpack the challenges and opportunities a tight labor market provides for workforce development, and the tools and strategies smart organizations are already using.

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