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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.

What We Do COVID-19 Response Fund

Civic Leadership at TBF

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh
Powered by donors, our convenings, research and ongoing policy work are made possible by the Annual Campaign for Civic Leadership.
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Responding to Need in Haiti

Our partners and colleagues at the Haiti Development Institute are responding to the devastating Southern Haiti earthquake.

Learn more about their work at hdihaiti.org or click here to donate.

TBF Donor Advised Fund holders can also find resources and information and recommend grants on the Donor Portal.

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 early 2022. 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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Early Childhood Coffee and Conversation - When the Bough Breaks: A Workforce Crisis in Early Childhood

Join the Boston Foundation online on the first Friday of each month for a conversation series that will seek to understand the dimensions of the workforce crisis in early childhood, what is being done to address it and where there is still more to do. Joining us to launch this series will be Commissioner of Early Education and Care, Samantha Aigner-Treworgy. In addition, the Boston Foundation will provide a preview of a forthcoming summary paper of the childcare crisis. 

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The Boston Foundation 2021 Annual Meeting

The Boston Foundation is pleased to host a virtual 2021 Annual Meeting, featuring a conversation between President and CEO M. Lee Pelton and Barr Foundation President and Trustee Jim Canales, plus the release of the 2021 Annual Report: Closing Boston's Equity Gap.

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Invitation photo - Building AAPI Power
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Building AAPI Power:  Representation, Voice and Advocacy in Local AAPI Communities

The Asian Community Fund and Boston Indicators present this opportunity to learn about the growing Asian American population in Greater Boston, explore recent successes and shortcomings in Asian representation, and discuss the opportunities and challenges facing this diverse community, with the goal of increasing visibility for all AAPI people.

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In Case You Missed It...

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On the Move: A presentation and discussion of children's physical activity in school-based programs in Boston 

We hope you joined us for the presentation of Evaluating Children’s Physical Activity in School-Based Programs, a working paper prepared for the Boston Foundation by ChildObesity180 at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Research Assistant Professor Dan Hatfield shared the paper's findings on the impact of physical activity partners' work with the Boston Public Schools, before and during the COVID-19 pandemic., followed by a panel discussion about how to support daily physical activity for all young people.

Watch the recording and view speakers list

Recent Reports

Report | Boston Indicators

Multiracial in Greater Boston

A new report from Boston Indicators explores the details behind the numbers for Greater Boston's growing multiracial population, using birth and marriage records to highlight the changing demographics of the city and region.

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Recent Forum Recaps

Video | Boston Indicators

Multiracial in Greater Boston

On November 17, 2021, researchers and panelists gathered to discuss the new Boston Indicators report, Multiracial in Greater Boston: The Leading Edge of Demographic Change. The report, which explores trends in the growing multiracial population in Greater Boston, reveals that not only is racial diversity increasing in the aggregate, but a growing number of families are forming across racial and ethnic lines.

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Video | Health and Wellness

First 1,000 Days Forum

On November 4, 2021, Dr. Elsie Taveras presented results from the First 1,000 Days Program - a novel intervention that works across early-life systems to prevent obesity, promote healthy routines and behaviors, and reduce health disparities among young children and their families. As rates of childhood obesity reach historically high levels, results from First 1,000 Days study – recently published in Pediatrics – provide a path forward for a scalable model of obesity prevention and sustainable health for families.

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Succes Boston Coaching report cover. It features pictures of students wearing caps and gowns, and smiling adults.

Video | Education

Success Boston Coaching: A Report on Coaching Effectiveness on College Persistence and Completion

On October 13, 2021, researchers from Abt Associates presented a new report they conducted for Success Boston that examines the effectiveness of transition coaching on the college success of Boston Public Schools graduates. The analysis reveals improvement from baseline across all metrics, albeit not always in statistically significant numbers, and other compelling takeaways.

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The cover for Boston Indicators' 15 Minute Neighborhoods report; an illustration of a cityscape with the report title above it. Boston Foundation, Boston Indicators and MHP Center for Housing Data logos on the bottom left.

Video | Boston Indicators

15 Minute Neighborhoods: Repairing Regional Harms and Building Vibrant Neighborhoods for All

On September 29, the Boston Foundation hosted a virtual event to release a new paper from Boston Indicators and the Center for Housing Data at the Massachusetts Housing Partnership. The paper, 15 Min Neighborhoods: Repairing Regional Harms and Building Vibrant Neighborhoods for All, looks at how Greater Boston might create a network of equitable, walkable neighborhoods to strengthen communities and regional equity.

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Greater Boston Housing Report Card cover

Video | Neighborhoods and Housing

The Journey from Pandemic to Permanent Changes in Housing

The release of the 2021 Greater Boston Housing Report Card served as a look back at a pandemic, and a look ahead to what it taught us about economic and policy interventions that could advance the long-term fight for housing equity.

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