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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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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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Mobilizing for Opportunity: Connecting Low-Income College Students to Internships and Good First Jobs 

Join us for the release of a new research report on the labor market experiences of recent college graduates from the Boston Public Schools. The report examines how well graduates of local four-year colleges and universities are connecting to internships and landing “that good first job” after graduation. 

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Early Childhood Coffee and Conversation: Vaccine Hesitancy: A Conversation for Early Education Leaders, Providers, Funders and Community Members

Join us for a conversation for early education leaders with grassroots leaders, health care providers and child care directors, as we explore vaccine hesitancy and what it means for the education community.  We will cover historical and current trends, community resources and how to support those who need more information. 

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Chelsea 2021 and Beyond: Toward a Just and Equitable Recovery

The City of Chelsea has been an epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis in Massachusetts. This webinar will focus on the innovative “Chelsea 2021” initiative, a new donor and community partnership aimed at ensuring a just and equitable recovery for Chelsea through deep engagement and enlightened philanthropy.

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Unleashing the Potential of Entrepreneurs of Color in Massachusetts: A Blueprint for Economic Growth and Equitable Recovery

Join MassINC, the Coalition for an Equitable Economy and the Boston Foundation as we map out the tools, resources and commitments necessary to achieve racial and ethnic parity in business ownership by the end of the decade. We’ll spotlight findings from a new MassINC report, Unleashing the Potential of Entrepreneurs of Color in Massachusetts, hear from leaders and small business owners about how we can come together to help more people of color achieve their business aspirations.

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In Case You Missed It...

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Learning From Place: Placemaking and Philanthropy in a Pandemic 

Join community leaders as they share learnings about investing in place and advancing spatial justice. The forum will address the promise and shortcomings of a place-based philanthropic strategy and, ultimately, highlight the role of community leaders in shaping vibrant, resilient, and equitable places.

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Recent Reports

Report | Arts and Culture

Shared Spaces: Learnings from the Place Leadership Network

A web collection and a new report capture some of the impacts and lessons learned of the Place Leadership Network, a year-long pilot bringing together a diverse cohort of place-based organizations to learn, build a network, and work toward creating more equitable spaces in Greater Boston

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A Culture of Excellence: A Case Study of the Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School

Before COVID-19 forced school closures across Massachusetts, the Boston Foundation partnered with the Rennie Center to conduct a case study of the Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School. The case study tells the Banneker’s remarkable story of school improvement and sustained excellence, describing how the school achieves success by creating an environment that celebrates and affirms the culture and identity of every student, family, and staff member.

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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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Recent Forum Recaps

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Video | Arts and Culture

Learning From Place: Placemaking and Philanthropy in a Pandemic

At this forum on February 24, participants and leaders of the Place Leadership Network effort discussed the power of networked place, the role of places in COVID-19, and the lessons the PLN pilot can teach the field. The participants were also joined by Danya Sherman, whose evaluation of the program has helped shape the major takeaways about how projects like PLN can have an impact, and the ways in which these programs could be built and grow.

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SkillWorks

Video | SkillWorks

Advancing Workforce Equity in Boston: A Blueprint for Action

At a February 22 virtual forum hosted by the Boston Foundation, experts in workforce development and authors of a new report from SkillWorks, National Fund for Workforce Solutions, PolicyLink and Burning Glass Technologies discussed leveraging data in Greater Boston with an eye towards an equitable economic recovery.

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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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Training session

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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Current Grant Opportunities

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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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