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Equity and COVID-19

With a new 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.

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Boston Mayor Marty Walsh
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Stories from the community

Yi Chin Chen, Executive Director of Friends of the Children Boston
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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 are postponing many events until Fall 2020, and moving others to online platforms. As new online events are scheduled, they will be posted here. For videos of select past forums and webinars, go to our Events page.

A large number of people standing in line outside - all wearing masks - at a food bank.
Vitas mori. Albus orexiss ducunt ad gabalium. Ubi est altus nomen? Liberi de castus bubo, pugna species! Persuadere diligenter ducunt ad bi-color barcas.

The State of Hunger: Before & Since the Pandemic

The Boston Foundation, together with Project Bread and Children’s HealthWatch, is pleased to join Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley for an exploration of pre-existing racial and ethnic inequities in food access, now dramatically exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The discussion will include data from before and during the pandemic, with a focus on opportunities to achieve equity in food access as part of recovery for all.

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Vitas mori. Albus orexiss ducunt ad gabalium. Ubi est altus nomen? Liberi de castus bubo, pugna species! Persuadere diligenter ducunt ad bi-color barcas.

Live Arts Boston: Creativity, Entrepreneurship & Equity in the Performing Arts

Join us online as the Boston Foundation and Animating Democracy share a review of the Live Arts Boston program's first three years of impact, featuring a panel discussion with LAB grantees Karen Young, Ana Masacote and Billy Dean Thomas, ans a performance from LAB grantee Naseem Alatrash.

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In Case You Missed It...

Two photos, from left to right; Cheryl Dorsey smiling, wearing a silk, blue, short-sleeved shirt. Orlando Watkins smiling, sitting, one arm resting on a table next to him, wearing a gray suit and a blue and red tie.
Vitas mori. Albus orexiss ducunt ad gabalium. Ubi est altus nomen? Liberi de castus bubo, pugna species! Persuadere diligenter ducunt ad bi-color barcas.

Reforming Philanthropy with a Racial Equity Lens

Cheryl Dorsey, President of Echoing Green, and Orlando C. Watkins, Vice President for Programs at the Boston Foundation, will discuss Cheryl’s research on racial bias in funding, Orlando’s efforts to tackle the issue as a Black executive in philanthropy and how the philanthropic sector in Greater Boston can reform its funding practices with a racial equity lens. 

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Recent Reports

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A Guaranteed Income for Massachusetts

Boston Indicators teams up with the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center and the Economic Security Project to explore how an expansion of the state Earned Income Tax Credit could provide a guaranteed income stream, and improved financial security, to over 1.7 million Massachusetts residents in families earning less than $70,000 per year.

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Race, Equity & Housing in the Time of COVID-19

In the second installment of the Greater Boston Housing Report Card report series, researchers from the UMass Donahue Institute highlight the links between decades of housing inequity and lack of affordability and the spread of COVID-19 in 2020.

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Qualified Renters Need Not Apply

A new study from the Housing Discrimination Testing Program at Suffolk University Law School, supported by the Boston Foundation, finds strong evidence of discrimination against Black and lower-income renters by agents and housing providers in Boston.

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Recent Forum Recaps

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Video | Racial Equity

Breaking Down Racial Barriers to Philanthropy

On September 30, 2020, TBF's VP for Programs Orlando Watkins and Echoing Green President Cheryl Dorsey discussed the racial inequities in philanthropy, and our unique opportunity to wipe them away now.

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Video | Neighborhoods and Housing

The 2020 Greater Boston Housing Report Card, Part 3: Housing Equity and Resilience in Greater Boston's Post-COVID Economy

The Boston Foundation’s 17th Greater Boston Housing Report Card, formatted into a webinar series in this pandemic year, presented its third and final research brief on September 23. Alicia Sasser Modestino, Research Director at Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, shared data she had analyzed for a look ahead at what lies on the housing horizon as our region begins an economic recovery after COVID-19.

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