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The Boston Foundation

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

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The Crucial First 1,000 Days

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Exploring Collaborative Models That Prepare Children for Success
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Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico Fund

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Supporting relief, reconstruction and relocation efforts
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Grant-Making Initiative: Collaborate Boston

Collaborate Boston is an incentive-driven competition that elevates and supports the collaborative efforts that the Boston Foundation believes are critical to the growth of thriving people and vibrant places in our community.  The goal of Collaborate Boston 2017 is to uplift the voices of youth and provide an opportunity for young people to implement their own ideas for bridging social and economic divides.

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Recent Reports

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Report | Nonprofit Sector

Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap

Building on the Boston Foundation's Nonprofit Effectiveness work and the spring release of Opportunity in Change: Preparing Boston for Leader Transitions and New Models of Nonprofit Leadership, this report focuses on the racial leadership gap that the nonprofit sector is experiencing.

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Recent Forums

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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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Video | Housing and Community Development

Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2017

This forum discussed the findings of the 2017 Greater Boston Housing Report Card and potential solutions to meet the enormous demand for housing in an attempt to keep pace with the Commonwealth's booming economy.

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Race to Lead

Video | Nonprofit Sector

Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap

At this forum, the Boston Foundation, Barr Foundation and authors Sean Thomas-Breitfeld and Frances Kunreuther presented the results of Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap, a report that calls into question the common assumption that to increase the diversity of nonprofit leaders, people of color need more training.

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