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Equity, Justice and COVID-19

With a special response fund and working in partnership with donors, nonprofits, philanthropy and others, we join Greater Boston in taking on the inequities made evident by COVID-19 and the movement for racial justice.

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Powered by donors, our convenings, research and ongoing policy work are made possible by the Annual Campaign for Civic Leadership.
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Annual Report: Closing Boston's Equity Gap

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Our 2021 Annual Report features interviews with 10 remarkable leaders who are creating a movement for equity and justice across Greater Boston and beyond. Explore their stories and read full transcripts of their interviews. Read more at TBF.org/2021 or explore 20 years of history on our Annual Reports page.

Voices on King 2022

The Boston Foundation was a proud partner in the presentation of 'Voices on King', reflections on the past, present and future of Black Boston with notable residents of the city. Learn more about the project on the Voices on King page, or visit KingBoston.org to explore King Boston's work.

Current Grant Opportunities

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Equality Fund 2022 Grants

The Equality Fund is now accepting applications from Greater Boston nonprofit organizations that serve and strengthen the LGBTQ+ community. Thanks to additional funds from the COVID-19 Response Fund, the Equality Fund is offering grants in two tracks, one of which is specifically focused on support for work related to impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQIA+ communities.   Visit the Equality Fund page and application portal to learn more.

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Open Door Grants 2021-2022

The Boston Foundation is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2022 edition of the Open Door Grants program. The program provides two-year, $50,000 general operating support grants to organizations whose work falls outside our Impact Areas. Grants will be awarded in June 2022. Visit our Open Door Grants page to learn more about the program, explore answers to Frequently Asked Questions, and begin the application process.

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Bruce J. Anderson Foundation 

Serving Cape Ann and the Nashoba Valley, the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation provides grants for preventive programs, direct services and new initiatives in the fields of mental health, environmental protection, historic and archival preservation, and the arts. Grants range from $2,500 to $12,000.

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Live Arts Boston 2022

The sixth 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.

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Upcoming Events

At this time, the Boston Foundation has postponed all in-person meetings and public events until further notice. We have moved all of our programming to online platforms through at least early 2022. As new online events are scheduled, they will be posted here. For videos of select past forums and webinars, explore our Events page.

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Early Childhood Coffee and Conversation - When the Bough Breaks, Part 3: The Voice of the Providers

This third session of "When the Bough Breaks," an ongoing series of talks about the challenges facing early childhood in Massachusetts,  will feature the perspective of those closest to the work: childcare providers. Join us to hear about the challenges and temporary solutions facing the workforce during the ongoing pandemic. 

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In Case You Missed It...

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The Boston Foundation 2021 Annual Meeting

The Boston Foundation hosted a virtual 2021 Annual Meeting, featuring a conversation between President and CEO M. Lee Pelton and Barr Foundation President and Trustee Jim Canales, plus the release of the 2021 Annual Report: Closing Boston's Equity Gap.

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Recent Reports

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The 2021 Annual Report

The 2021 Annual Report from the Boston Foundation features interviews with community leaders focused on addressing Boston's critical issues in equity, working to ensure that our moment of change becomes a movement. Read the report and explore full transcript of all ten interviews.

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Multiracial in Greater Boston

A new report from Boston Indicators explores the details behind the numbers for Greater Boston's growing multiracial population, using birth and marriage records to highlight the changing demographics of the city and region.

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Recent Forum Recaps

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Mental Health, Trauma, and Healing in Our High Schools

As we approach two years since the start of the pandemic impact on Boston, a panel of teachers, staff and students discussed how Boston schools are faring in addressing the mental health burden on the entire school community.

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