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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

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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TBF announces $1 million in grants to 20 organizations, opens new application period for Safety Net Grants program

Through a community-led process, TBF selects 20 nonprofit partners to share $1 million in this round of the Safety Net Grants program. Safety Net Grants support social service organizations that respond to essential needs of marginalized communities and vulnerable residents in Greater Boston.

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Criminal Justice Reform in Massachusetts. A Five-Year Progress Assessment

New report highlights declines in MA crime and incarceration rates since 2018 criminal justice reforms

The new report, Criminal Justice Reform in Massachusetts: A Five-Year Progress Assessment, finds that Massachusetts has seen incarceration fall by almost half in the past decade, and urges continued investment in reforms as pandemic-era supports come to an end.

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Next Steps for Boston Dance announces its 2024 grant recipients

The seven selected artists, representing a range of dance and movement arts styles, each receive a $6,000 grant, plus rehearsal space and other professional development opportunities.

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Upcoming Events

 
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2024 State of Early Education and Care Report Release

The 2024 State of Early Education and Care Report, "Strengthening the Foundation: A Profile of Early Childhood Educators in Boston and Beyond," examines the findings of a statewide survey of early education and care providers across Massachusetts and shines a light on the needs of this critical workforce in Boston. These findings illuminate central areas within this vital sector, identifying trends, challenges, and opportunities that shape the experiences of educators and the early learning environments they create.

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Current Opportunities

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Safety Net Grants

The Safety Net Grants program provides $50,000 general operating support grants to social service organizations that respond to essential needs for marginalized communities and vulnerable residents in Greater Boston.

Learn more about Safety Net Grants and apply
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The Equality Fund FY24 Grantmaking Cycle

The Equality Fund, TBF's fund established to advance the equitable treatment of LGBTQ+ individuals and to support Greater Boston nonprofit organizations that serve and strengthen the LGBTQ+ community, is now accepting applications for its FY24 grantmaking cycle. The Equality Fund’s grantmaking approach takes a proactive intersectional lens, as we work across the many diverse spaces that make up the LGBTQ+ community to support the most urgent community needs.

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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.