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The Boston  Foundation

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

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Live Arts Boston 2018 Grantees

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Live Arts Boston has awarded 65 project grants to performing artists, groups and small producers and presenters across Greater Boston.
Meet the 2018 LAB Grantees and Panelists

Request for Proposals

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Seeking Consultants: Women of Color Leadership Circle

The Women of Color Leadership Circle (WoC) is a new pilot project through the Boston Foundation’s Grassroots strategy that aims to connect and 8-10 women of color grassroots leaders. WoC will engage leaders in two ways: quarterly convenings to build community and strengthen leaders’ ties to one another and leadership coaching that provides individualized support to participants over the one-year course of the pilot. The Boston Foundation requests experienced consultants to work in partnership with selected grassroots leaders and TBF staff to develop and facilitate convenings and to provide individual leaders with coaching.

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Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico RFPs

Our goal with the recovery phase of this fund is to advance projects that are catalyzing opportunities for growth and sustainability in the areas of economic empowerment and green/climate resiliency. With the relocation phase, we seek to fund initiatives and projects that demonstrate a regional coordinating approach to helping evacuees. This includes developing partnerships with local entities and creating a thoughtful process for offering the most critical services for self-evacuees to rebuild their lives and thrive in their respective communities. If your organization is engaging in a project which meets these areas, we encourage you to apply.

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Upcoming Events

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7th Annual Boston EdTalks

The Boston EdTalks is an evening of celebration, conversation, and learning. This annual event is a wonderful chance for audience members to experience firsthand the innovative ways teachers and educators are meeting challenges and supporting students. Honor great educators and teaching by celebrating with us!

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Recent Reports

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Report | Success Boston

Staying the Course

The report looks at the changes in college completion rate for Boston Public Schools graduates in the decade since a 2008 report found less than a quarter of BPS Class of 2000 graduates (and only 39% of BPS college enrollees) completed a program within six years. It finds that the six-year college completion rate of graduates who enroll in college during the first year after high school has reached 52%, the highest recorded to date. For students entering the fall immediately after graduation, it’s 55.2% - closing in on a national average of 61.7%.

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Report | Nonprofit Sector

The Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap in Massachusetts: A Race to Lead Brief

This report, The Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap in Massachusetts: A Race to Lead Brief, offers findings from the subset of national survey respondents who work in Massachusetts. The report explores: 1) what the data indicates about the differences between people of color and white respondents in Massachusetts and 2) how the Massachusetts findings compare to the national survey results.

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Boston Opportunity Agenda Seventh Annual Report Card

We know that in Boston a postsecondary credential is crucial to full participation in our knowledge economy and entry into the middle class. Over the past eight years, we have made progress on almost every metric of the education pipeline, but we still see large achievement gaps throughout the entire K-12 system.

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The Transportation Dividend

This report finds that investments in Greater Boston’s legacy public transit system remain the best option for the continued growth of the Greater Boston economy.

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Recent Forums

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Video | Success Boston

Staying the Course

A new Success Boston report from the Boston Private Industry Council about the college enrollment and completion experiences of high school graduates of the Boston Public Schools was released at a Boston Foundation forum on April 11, 2018. The report includes an updated six-year college completion rate for the BPS Class of 2011, as well as new analyses on the types of degrees they earned and the fields of study they selected. 

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Video | Nonprofit Sector

Race to Lead

A new examination of leadership opportunities and experiences for people of color in the Massachusetts nonprofit sector finds that, despite the desire to create a more diverse sector, nonprofits are falling short in providing opportunities to qualified leaders of color.

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Video | Transportation

The Transportation Dividend

At this forum panelists discussed the findings of recent report which concludes that investments in Greater Boston’s legacy public transit system remain the best option for the continued growth of the Greater Boston economy. The forum participants also addressed the economic benefits and value of the current Greater Boston transit system, and the report's three-part proposal for investments in the 20 “inner core” communities and regional transit spokes that can further enhance the Massachusetts economy.

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Early Childhood Round Table

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Early Childhood Research Roundtable

Our inaugural Early Childhood Research Roundtable focused on a recent Brookings Institution's report that summarizes what is known about the effectiveness of state and district pre-kindergarten programs on children's learning outcomes. The session featured presentations by two of the report's authors, and include a discussion about the effectiveness of the Boston Public Schools' pre-kindergarten program. Please note: there is no video this forum but the slide decks are available.

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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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