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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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Powered by donors, our convenings, research and ongoing policy work are made possible by the Annual Campaign for Civic Leadership.
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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 March 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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Recent Reports

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Report | The Boston Opportunity Agenda

Boston's Childcare Supply Crisis: What a Pandemic Reveals

The Boston Opportunity Agenda updates its annual look at the state of early education in Boston, and finds the COVID-19 pandemic has put even greater strain on the sector, reducing the number of available seats and putting current care and the future economic recovery at risk.

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Report | Racial Equity

Racial Equity Capacity Builders Directory

The second edition of the Racial Equity Capacity Builders Directory provides information about more than 100 individuals and organizations that work with nonprofits to support organizational racial equity and DEI efforts.

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Recent Forum Recaps

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Video | Education

Building a Better Democracy through Civic Engagement

Educators and researchers take a look at the need for continued investments in civics education in Massachusetts and how a landmark 2018 civics education law is being implemented in schools across Massachusetts.

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Video | Jobs and Economic Development

Catapult 1 Year Later

The Boston Foundation and SkillWorks host a look at how the pandemic of 2020 has turned the workforce development system - and Project Catapult's efforts to support next-gen workforce efforts, in new directions for the post-pandemic world.

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Video | Early Childhood

Handle with Care: Early Childhood Providers at Risk

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the challenges facing childcare providers and parents. But how bad are things, and what can be done? Those were the topics of the Boston Opportunity Agenda's update of its 2019 State of Early Education report

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Current Grant Opportunities

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Equality Fund 2021 Grants

The Equality Fund is now accepting applications from Greater Boston nonprofit organizations that serve and strengthen the LGBTQ+ community. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, 2021 grants will be awarded for general operating support only, rather than our past practice of supporting specific projects. It is anticipated that grants will range from $5,000 to $7,500. Visit the Equality Fund page and application portal to learn more.

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Open Door Grants

The Boston Foundation is pleased to accept applications now for our Open Door Grants program. For 2020-2021, the program has shifted to  better support the needs of Greater Boston nonprofits. New grantees will receive two-year general operating support grants totaling $50,000. Review the guidelines and FAQs on the Open Door Grants page, and submit your application by February 1, 2021. 

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Live Arts Boston 2021

Now in its fifth year, Live Arts Boston supports Greater Boston area artists to test ideas, explore collaborations and build skills in the process of generating original work. LAB provides up to $15,000 in project-specific funds to create, produce or present new performing arts work for Greater Boston audiences.

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Bruce J. Anderson Foundation

Serving Cape Ann and Nashoba Valley, the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation provides grants for programs, direct services and new initiatives in the fields of mental health, environmental protection, historic and archival preservation and the arts. Grants range from $2,500 to $12,000.

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