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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

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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.

Current Opportunities

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Next Steps for Boston Dance

Next Steps for Boston Dance provides multi-layered support, including rehearsal space, consulting, and implementation funds, for Greater Boston’s choreographers. This grant program aims to support Greater Boston choreographers creating original work in any dance genre and at any career level, post-college, to move forward and take the “next step” in their careers.

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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 December 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.

The Latino Equity Fun, GBH, and World Channel logos
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The Latino Factor: Impact on Boston and Beyond

The Latino Equity Fund is partnering with GBH/World Channel to bring together a lively discussion on the impact of Latinos in the Commonwealth and across the country. Please join us and award-winning veteran journalist Jorge Quiroga on October 27th at 7 pm who will engage guest panelists on various topics on Latinos including voting, workforce, and the economy.

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First 1,000 Days Forum

Please join us for a discussion about 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. Dr. Elsie Taveras, the lead researcher, will present the study’s research findings, the factors that led to the study's successful outcomes; and what can be done to disseminate these practices more broadly. 

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In Case You Missed It...

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

Join us for the release of a new Success Boston report about the effectiveness of transition coaching on the college success of Boston Public Schools graduates. The latest in a series of reports, this analysis focuses on the BPS Classes of 2013 through 2016, and includes updated findings on persistence and academic performance, along with the first set of findings on the impact of coaching on degree completion. The research—and the accompanying conversation—will also discuss the characteristics of effective programs that move the needle on college completion; what it takes for coaching to work; and what we can do to maintain the citywide gains we have made over the last decade.

Watch the video and read a recap of the event

Recent Reports

Greater Boston Housing Report Card cover

Report | Neighborhoods and Housing

Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2021

The 18th Annual Greater Boston Housing Report Card looks at the effects of COVID on the region's economy and housing, and highlights some of the policies that could provide permanent improvements in housing affordability and availability.

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Recent Forum Recaps

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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Video | Education

Pathways to Economic Mobility: Identifying the Labor Market Value of ​​​​​Community College in Massachusetts

On June 9, we heard some good news: The economic returns for students who enroll in community college are strong and positive, according to a new report from Boston Foundation, MassINC and Dukakis Center at Northeastern University. After a report presentation, we heard from panel of leaders, researchers, educators and students who shared reactions to the findings and discussed their implications for policy, practice, and investment.

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Video | The Boston Opportunity Agenda

Opportunity Youth Collaborative Data for Impact

On June 8, 2021, representatives from Boston Public Schools and Bunker Hill Community College, as well as youth and young adult leaders, spoke about their work with the Opportunity Youth Collaborative. They shared lessons learned from their work using data to address racial inequity in student experience and outcomes and their goals for the future.

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