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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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Responding to Hurricane Ida

As millions cope with the devastation of Hurricane Ida, community foundations across Louisiana and Mississippi are working together once again to gather support for nonprofits serving those in need in Greater New Orleans and throughout the affected region.

Click here for a partial list of community foundations hosting disaster funds in the region.

TBF Donor Advised Fund holders can also find resources and information and recommend grants on the Donor Portal.

Current Opportunities

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Women of Color Leadership Circle

As part of an ongoing effort to uplift the leadership and voices of women of color leaders in Greater Boston, we are recruiting for the 2022 Anna Faith Jones & Frieda Garcia Women of Color Leadership Circle. The WOC Leadership Circle is a six-month cohort program that aims to support women of color leaders to advance their professional development and leadership goals. Through the program, up to 15 women of color leaders participate in six monthly facilitated sessions focused around topics of interest and areas of professional development and leadership.

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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 December 2021. As new online events are scheduled, they will be posted here. For videos of select past forums and webinars, go to our Events page.

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15-Minute Neighborhoods: Repairing Regional Harms and Building Vibrant Neighborhoods For All

At this forum, Boston Indicators and Massachusetts Housing Partnership Center for Housing Data will release a new research paper, 15-Minute Neighborhoods: Repairing Regional Harms and Building Vibrant Neighborhoods for All, which details a vision for building a regional network of mixed-use neighborhoods where all residents can reach their daily needs within a 15-minute walk from their home. 

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Success Boston Coaching: A Report on Coaching Effectiveness on College Persistence and Completion

Join us for the release of a new Success Boston report about the effectiveness of transition coaching on the college success of Boston Public Schools graduates. The latest in a series of reports, this analysis focuses on the BPS Classes of 2013 through 2016, and includes updated findings on persistence and academic performance, along with the first set of findings on the impact of coaching on degree completion. The research—and the accompanying conversation—will also discuss the characteristics of effective programs that move the needle on college completion; what it takes for coaching to work; and what we can do to maintain the citywide gains we have made over the last decade.

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Recent Reports

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Report | Neighborhoods and Housing

Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2021

The 18th Annual Greater Boston Housing Report Card looks at the effects of COVID on the region's economy and housing, and highlights some of the policies that could provide permanent improvements in housing affordability and availability.

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Recent Forum Recaps

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Video | Neighborhoods and Housing

The Journey from Pandemic to Permanent Changes in Housing

The release of the 2021 Greater Boston Housing Report Card served as a look back at a pandemic, and a look ahead to what it taught us about economic and policy interventions that could advance the long-term fight for housing equity.

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Video | Education

Pathways to Economic Mobility: Identifying the Labor Market Value of ​​​​​Community College in Massachusetts

On June 9, we heard some good news: The economic returns for students who enroll in community college are strong and positive, according to a new report from Boston Foundation, MassINC and Dukakis Center at Northeastern University. After a report presentation, we heard from panel of leaders, researchers, educators and students who shared reactions to the findings and discussed their implications for policy, practice, and investment.

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Video | The Boston Opportunity Agenda

Opportunity Youth Collaborative Data for Impact

On June 8, 2021, representatives from Boston Public Schools and Bunker Hill Community College, as well as youth and young adult leaders, spoke about their work with the Opportunity Youth Collaborative. They shared lessons learned from their work using data to address racial inequity in student experience and outcomes and their goals for the future.

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Video | Health Starts at Home

Health Starts at Home

On June 1, the Boston Foundation hosted a forum in which evaluation researchers presented data, representatives from the Health Starts at Home partnerships talked about their respective approaches and learnings, and a panel of housing and health experts talked about the findings in relation to the daily work of physician, administrator and public servant.

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Video | Asian Community Fund

Building AAPI Power

During this May 24, 2021 forum hosted by the Asian Community Fund and the Boston Foundation, Anne Kiyono Calef (Research Fellow, Boston Indicators) presented data assessing the current needs of AAPI communities. Her presentation was followed by a panel discussion featuring community leaders who not only shared how their organizations are supporting AAPI communities, but also how we can work together to meet these needs while building AAPI power.

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