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October events

New reports on economic opportunity, the 2020 Census, educational leadership and more fill our October events calendar
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Latino Legacy Fund

The Latino Legacy Fund at the Boston Foundation is seeking ESOL programs to support with its 2018-19 grants
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Grant-Making Opportunities

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Next Steps for Boston Dance

Next Steps for Boston Dance provides multi-layered support 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 a “next step” in their careers.

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Latino Legacy Fund

The Latino Legacy Fund at the Boston Foundation is accepting proposals for grants to eligible organizations working to improve quality and access to ESOL, education and career pathway programs in Greater Boston.

Latino Legacy Fund
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Live Arts Boston 2019

The third 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.

Live Arts Boston

The Lawrence Emergency Fund

Assisting Our Neighbors in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover

On September 13, 2018, the cities of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover experienced a devastating series of gas explosions and fires, resulting in one death, multiple injuries and the destruction of at least 60 homes. Like you, we at the Boston Foundation want to respond in a way that will be of greatest assistance to those affected by this tragedy. A special Lawrence Emergency Fund has been established by the Essex County Community Foundation to aid the families that have experienced medical emergencies, displacement and damage to their homes. We urge you to contribute to this important emergency fund, which was created to assist our close neighbors and friends in Essex County in their time of need.

Please click on one of the links above or visit the Essex County Community Foundation to help.

Recent Reports

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Report | Arts and Culture

Avenues to the Arts: A New Creative District for Boston

How can Boston raise the profile of its world-class cultural offerings? This new report, created from two years of interviews and discussions, suggests branding a new creative district "The Avenues to the Arts," and bringing together civic, commercial and cultural assets to create a powerful arts partnership

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Report | Equality Fund

Equality and Equity: Advancing the LGBT Community in Massachusetts

This report from Boston Indicators and The Fenway Institute finds that young Massachusetts residents are much more likely to self-identify as LGBT than in previous generations, but they still feel many of the social pressures and discrimination of the past. The report also finds Massachusetts’ LGBT community is diverse, disproportionately young, and second in the nation when measured as a percentage of the state’s population.

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Recent Forums

Work of Leisure

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The Work of Leisure

At this forum, the Boston Foundation released "The Work of Leisure: Behind the Scenes of Massachusetts' Leisure, Hospitality and Tourism Industry" - the first such study in 27 years - which is a detailed report that reveals how ubiquitous this industry really is and how much influence it has. The forum included a presentation of the report and a panel discussion about the implications of its findings.

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Holyoke Community College Patrick Prize

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2018 Patrick Prize for Community Colleges

The Boston Foundation welcomed community college leaders and staff to the Foundation on June 5th where it was announced that Holyoke Community College has been selected as the winner of the 2018 Deval Patrick Prize for Community Colleges.

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Video | Nonprofit Effectiveness

Leading with Intent

This forum was for the Boston release of BoardSource's national Leading With Intent report. The findings, including data on the state of nonprofit board diversity, were presented by Anne Wallestead. Following the presentation, an experienced panel of local nonprofit board and staff members shared their insights.

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Video | Equality Fund

Equality and Equity: Advancing the LGBT Community in Massachusetts

At this forum, the Boston Foundation released a report authored by Boston Indicators and the Fenway Institute that features new research about our state's LGBT community. Following a presentation of the report's findings, there was a series of discussions on the inequities facing today's diverse LGBT community and ways to address them and other challenges going forward.

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Reclaiming My Mind: Perspective-Taking through Metacognition

The most important lessons we learn to become better world citizens are often hard and uncomfortable. Because very few of us like discomfort, we often avoid those areas of discomfort and by doing so, bury many important lessons that we should be not only teaching, but also learning. In her presentation from the 2018 Boston EdTalks, Simone Miles Esteves, Middle School History Teacher and Advisor to the Director of Multicultural Services at the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, Mass., suggests perspective-taking through metacognition is a highly effective approach to teaching that strengthens our pedagogy—and our contributions to society—and supports the development of empathetic kids who will engineer and sustain an equitable and socially just world.

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