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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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What's Next for Boston Public Schools?

Please join us for a conversation with the Superintendent of Boston Public Schools, Dr. Brenda Cassellius, as she shares her community-informed vision for the district. THIS EVENT WILL BE LIVESTREAMED at https://vimeo.com/bostonfdn

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The ROI of ESOL: The Economic and Social Return on Investment for ESOL Programs in Massachusetts

Recognizing the importance of immigrants to Massachusetts and the value of English proficiency for immigrants’ advancement both economically and socially, the Boston Foundation and the Latino Legacy Fund commissioned a study to explore the region’s ESOL landscape and calculate the “return on investment” (ROI) of teaching English to speakers of other languages (ESOL).

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Current Grant 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. 

Open Door Grants
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Live Arts Boston 2020

The fourth year of Live Arts Boston opens the door to dozens of performers and producers of original works to access up to $15,000 in project-specific funds to create, produce or present artistic work for Greater Boston audiences.

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Bruce J. Anderson Foundation 

Serving Cape Ann and the Nashoba Valley, the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation provides grants for preventive 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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Recent Reports

Report | Jobs and Economic Development

Catapult Forward: Accelerating a Next-Generation Workforce Ecosystem in Greater Boston

A strong economy is creating a unique moment for a new wave of workforce development. In this report, we explore how "next gen" workforce development organizations are partnering with business, connecting with new groups of job seekers, and focusing on job quality and retention to create new opportunities and a more effective workforce.

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2019 Annual Report: Look What We Accomplished Together

The 2019 Annual Report from the Boston Foundation celebrates the power of partnerships. Meet some of the donors, partners in research, nonprofit leaders, other funders, grassroots activists and our close allies in business and in government who together have made possible remarkable advances in the arts, education, workforce development and more.

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Recent Forums

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Video | Jobs and Economic Development

Catapult Forward

How can workforce development organizations connect jobseekers and employers in one of the tightest job markets in recent memory? A new report and forum brought to light some ideas that successful "next-gen" organizations are using to make a difference.

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Video | Neighborhoods and Housing

Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2019

A full house at the Edgerley Center for Civic leadership explored the implications of local control when it comes to addressing Greater Boston's pernicious housing challenges.

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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

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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