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The Boston  Foundation

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

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The Crucial First 1,000 Days

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Exploring Collaborative Models That Prepare Children for Success
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Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico Fund

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Supporting relief, reconstruction and relocation efforts
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Grant-Making Opportunities

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The Free for All Fund at the Boston Foundation

This grant-making program provides up to $7,500 in flexible, project-specific funds to unincorporated, fiscally-sponsored ensembles/groups or organizations with annual budgets of $1.5 million and below to create free and open-to-the-public classical musical performances for Greater Boston audiences. Applicants can apply for support of a single performance or a series.

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Bruce J. Anderson Foundation

The Bruce J. Anderson Foundation provides grants for preventive programs, direct services and new initiatives in the fields of mental health (treatment, research and suicide prevention focused on young adults), environmental protection, historic and archival preservation, and the arts. Grants, which range from $5,000 to $12,000, are made for organizations and activities focused on two geographical areas: Cape Ann and Nashoba Valley. 

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Open Door Grants

Open Door Grants are processed on a quarterly basis. As the name implies, this is our most open-ended grants initiative, expressly devised to meet the needs of nonprofits supporting our larger mission but outside of our defined strategic focus areas. 

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Recent Reports

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Report | Nonprofit Sector

Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap

Building on the Boston Foundation's Nonprofit Effectiveness work and the spring release of Opportunity in Change: Preparing Boston for Leader Transitions and New Models of Nonprofit Leadership, this report focuses on the racial leadership gap that the nonprofit sector is experiencing.

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Recent Forums

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Video | Health Starts at Home

The Crucial First 1000 Days

Research shows that the most critical period for child development is the first 1,000 days of a child's life. That fact presents an opportunity to work with both children and parents as they strive to prepare children for success during this particularly important period.

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Video | Housing and Community Development

Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2017

This forum discussed the findings of the 2017 Greater Boston Housing Report Card and potential solutions to meet the enormous demand for housing in an attempt to keep pace with the Commonwealth's booming economy.

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Race to Lead

Video | Nonprofit Sector

Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap

At this forum, the Boston Foundation, Barr Foundation and authors Sean Thomas-Breitfeld and Frances Kunreuther presented the results of Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap, a report that calls into question the common assumption that to increase the diversity of nonprofit leaders, people of color need more training.

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