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NE500/501Circle: Building collective philanthropy with Giving Common in their toolbox

Today we are talking with Brett J. Barthelmeh, Esq., Partner with Squillace & Associates, P.C, and Jeff Muir, Director with Beacon Equity Advisors, Co-Chairs of the NE500/501Circle, a collaborative philanthropy arm of the New England chapter of the USA 500 Clubs. We are excited to learn more about their giving circle and the impact of their grant making.
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The Power of Funding Individual Artists

Today, the Boston Foundation, in partnership with Barr Foundation, announced $750,000 in critically needed funding to 60 individual performing artists and small performing arts groups to create, produce and present artistic work. Called Live Arts Boston (LAB), the idea for the funding emerged directly from key recommendations of Boston Creates, our city’s democratically-created cultural plan.
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The Boston Arts Environment, A Path Forward

One year ago the Boston Foundation (TBF) published a report on the funding of nonprofit arts and culture institutions in Boston, comparing Boston’s nonprofit arts sector to 10 other peer cities, entitled How Boston and Other American Cities Support and Sustain the Arts.
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A summary of the findings of The Growing Challenge of Family Homelessness Homeless Assistance for Families in Massachusetts: Trends in Use FY2008-FY2016

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Today the Boston Foundation released the first report analyzing family homelessness in Massachusetts using the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' internal data.  The report answers many basic questions about family homelessness and shelter usage, such as: how have the demographics of families in shelter stayed over time; what types of assistance do they receive; how long do they stay; which families stay the longest; are there regional differences? 

We encourage you to read the entire report here.  But in the meantime, here are some of the key findings from the report:

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Massachusetts’ Family Homelessness System: the Basics

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On Thursday, February 23rd the Boston Foundation hosts an Understanding Boston forum for the release of The Growing Challenge of Family Homelessness: Homeless Assistance for Families in Massachusetts: Trends in Use FY2008-2016. This report, prepared by Westat, analyzes Commonwealth of Massachusetts internal data on family homelessness and homeless shelters to understand overall trends and specific pathways through the homeless assistance system. This data-focused report answers many basic questions about family homelessness and shelter usage, such as: how have the demographics of families in shelter changed over time; what types of assistance do they receive; how long do they stay; which families stay the longest; are there regional differences?  The report will be posted here and on the Boston Foundation website after it has been released at the forum. 

If you are not familiar with the intricacies and jargon of the homelessness system, don’t worry! It is complicated, but we’ve provided an overview below to get you up to speed.

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