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Now is the time to move equity.

Now is the time to move Boston.

Our Work

We believe that closing the gap on the region’s greatest disparities opens pathways to opportunity, prosperity and equitable outcomes. This complex, challenging and critical goal requires tackling the individual-, systems- and root-level causes of inequity. Here's where we are digging in.

What We Do
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You by our side. Equity at the center.

The systemic and structural inequities at the core of our region’s disparities cannot be dismantled without extraordinary perseverance and collaboration among visionary and courageous partners, donors and leaders. Together we can improve lives and strengthen communities.

Our Work with Donors

Pathways to Equity

The Boston Foundation's 2023 annual report, organized around our four pathways to equity, tells some profoundly personal stories about how our donors and our nonprofit partners have the capacity to change lives. We offer deep thanks to our nonprofit partners who collaborated with us on this report and especially to those who shared their personal and inspiring stories with us.

Latest News

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TBF invests over $4 million in six movement leaders in launch of new ‘Shifting Power, Advancing Justice’ partnership

The six partners will work together in a three-year effort to strengthen their leadership and move their organizations forward in their efforts to spark social, economic and political change.

Learn more and meet the leaders
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TBF News explores Advancing Community Wealth

Through affordable housing preservation, establishing and strengthening pathways to home ownership, helping to build and grow thriving cultural spaces, and fostering opportunities for Asian, Black, Indigenous and Latino-owned small businesses to thrive, TBF is focused on building stable, enriching and equitable communities across our region. These stories reflect our work in our Advancing Community Wealth pathway.

Read the Winter 2024 Edition

New Boston Indicators report explores the economic and demographic power of Greater Boston's immigrants

A new report in partnership with the Immigration Research Initiative shows that while the geographic makeup of Greater Boston's immigrants has shifted over the decades, immigrants remain an important force in the region's economy.

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New report from Boston Opportunity Agenda and partners highlights the critical importance of investments in early education

The report, in collaboration with the Birth to Eight Collaborative and City of Boston's Office of Early Childhood, analyzes surveys of more than 600 educators statewide and calls for improved wages, hours and pathways for workers.

Read the report

Upcoming Events

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Nurturing Strong Beginnings Coffee & Conversation Unlocking Equity: Bridging the Gap for Families and Communities

Join us for our second quarterly Coffee & Conversation as we explore "Unlocking Equity: Bridging the Gap for Families and Communities" under the overarching theme of TBF’s Nurturing Strong Beginnings pathway. Together, we'll spark conversations challenging the status quo, fostering innovation, and paving the way for transformative change. From exploring the pivotal role of political will and policies to harnessing the power of collective impact and coordinated services, this event promises to be a resource for new information and valuable insights.

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Racial Wealth Equity Research and Conversation Series - Debt: Exploring Wealth Beyond Assets

The next virtual event in the Racial Wealth Equity Research and Conversation Series will focus on the racial debt gap and feature research from the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program, Disparities in Debt: Why Debt is a Driver in the Racial Wealth Gap, presented by researchers Joanna Smith-Ramani and Katherine Lucas McKay. To explore wealth beyond assets, they will speak to the role of debt in the racial wealth gap and how their research has informed the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program’s development of A New Wealth Agenda: A Blueprint for Building a Future of Inclusive Wealth. The event will include a research presentation followed by a Q&A with the audience.

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En Comunidad: A Spring Celebration in East Boston

You're invited to a spring community gathering hosted by TBF featuring live music, food from local businesses, and leaders from over 15 community organizations. TBF is excited to partner with local East Boston businesses, musicians, and nonprofits to create a fun, free, and family-friendly event at the beautiful Bremen Street Park. Come to listen, dance, learn, mingle, and enjoy delicious food together with your neighbors at this afternoon event. This event is free and open to the public – all ages are welcome. We hope to see you at Bremen Street Park on May 18th!

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Fueling change through civic leadership

Working beyond grantmaking, we collect data, commission research and share knowledge to inform public policy and catalyze conversations on issues with the greatest impact on the people of Greater Boston. 

We are a hub of partnerships and networks that work with and answer to the communities we serve. We collect data, commission research, share knowledge, develop programs, and fuel new ideas.