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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.

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Latest News

New report from Boston Indicators highlights racial gaps in retirement savings and access

The new report from Boston Indicators, co-authored with researchers from the Boston Fed, finds stark racial differences in the level of access to retirement accounts and the amount of retirement assets in those accounts.

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Equality Fund announces $372,500 in grants, welcomes new co-chairs and members

Longtime advisory committee members Mike Dillon and Alex Schuman take over as co-chairs from Elyse Cherry and Catherine D'Amato, as overall grantmaking from the Fund jumps to more than $2.2 million since its inception.

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TBF invests over $4 million in six movement leaders in launch of new ‘Shifting Power, Advancing Justice’ partnership

The six partners will work together in a three-year effort to strengthen their leadership and move their organizations forward in their efforts to spark social, economic and political change in the region.

Learn more and meet the leaders
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Our Journey to Community-Based Philanthropy

In the first of a new series from Orlando Watkins, our Chief Program Officer writes with Safety Net Grants Program Officer Candace Burton about the years-long learning journey to weave community leadership throughout our collective work.

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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. 

Upcoming Events

 
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Setting Roots in Rocky Soil: The State of AAPI-owned Businesses in Massachusetts

Join the Asian Business Empowerment Council (ABEC) at the Asian Community Fund for the report release of a multi-year study examining the complex and diverse challenges and opportunities experienced by AAPI entrepreneurs and engage in conversation around policy and practice strategies for change.

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The Latino Equity Fund Presents: ¡Pa’lante! A Decade of Impact

The year 2024 marks the 10th anniversary of the Latino Equity Fund’s (LEF) first grant cycle as an established equity fund at TBF. To commemorate LEF’s impact as the only philanthropic fund dedicated to Latinos in MA, the Fund is hosting a community celebration that will include Latinidad, music, performances and delicious local cuisine at Bow Market in Somerville. Please join us to celebrate!

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Minding the Gap: Community Wealth

Hosted by the Greater Boston Partnership to Close the Racial Wealth Gap, which is hosted by the Boston Foundation, this event will convene community wealth experts to discuss the history and importance of community wealth initiatives, and their value for strengthening local economic power and community assets.

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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.

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.