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The Boston Foundation: 102 years old, and new again!

Posted 11/13/2017 by Ted McEnroe, Director of External Communications


This week, the staff and Board of Directors of the Boston Foundation will throw open our doors to hundreds of our closest friends, welcoming them to our Annual Meeting. 

But we’ll welcome them to a very different space than we had a year ago. 

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Taking STEM into schools - and students out into STEM

Posted 11/06/2017 by By Eric Esteves, Social Innovation Fund Director


What’s more important than teaching STEM in schools? Taking STEM students out.

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Race to Lead Boston: Three needed changes for nonprofits to close the leadership gap

Posted 11/02/2017 by Jennifer Aronson, Associate Vice President for Program

--My 4 year-old, Audrey, referring to her little sister: “Eleanor just poked my eyeball!!”
--Me: “You’re okay sweetheart, just use your other one.”
--Audrey: “But I need them BOTH!!”

My parenting tactics aside, boy is Audrey right!  I cannot recall a time when we needed both of our eyes more than we do now.

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Voices of Success: A student becomes a coach

Posted 10/21/2017 by tbfadmin

In our third "Voices of Success" post this month, we highlight the story of Elisio Depina, who began his involvement with Success Boston as a student, returned as a coach, and found both experiences had a profound impact.

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College Month and Success Boston

Posted 10/17/2017 by John Griffin and Heather Buffo, Program Associates

The benefits of a post-secondary credential are indisputable. From increases in lifetime earnings to longer life span and greater involvement in civic life. But for many, earning a certificate or degree has an impact on more than just their own future.

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ChildObesity180 and a commitment to public health

Posted 10/14/2017 by Mira Kahn, Program Associate, Health and Wellness

On October 10th, the Massachusetts Health Council celebrated statewide public health accomplishments at their annual "Dining with the Stars" gala event at the Sheraton Boston. This year’s event was particularly exciting for us at the Boston Foundation because our longtime partner, Dr. Christina Economos, co-founder of ChildObesity180, was honored for her strong commitment to public health and improved health outcomes for children in Massachusetts and across the country.

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Voices of Success: Why Our Success Boston Coaches Do What They Do

Posted 10/12/2017 by Ted McEnroe, Director of External Communications

October is "College Month" in the Boston Public Schools, so this month we are beginning a series of posts to introduce you to some of the students and coaches who are making our Success Boston partnership shine.

Success Boston coaches play a powerful role. Today, meet two of them: Fernando Rodriguez from Sociedad Latina, and Patrice Charlot of Bottom Line.

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Voices of Success: Meet Oscar and Juanita

Posted 10/04/2017 by tbfadmin

Over the course of the coming academic year, we will be sharing the insights of students and coaches from Success Boston, Boston’s citywide college completion initiative. Together, the Boston Foundation, the Boston Public Schools (BPS), the City of Boston, Boston Private Industry Council, and 37 area institutions of higher education led by UMass Boston and Bunker Hill Community College join with local nonprofit partners in an effort to double the number of BPS graduates completing college. 

This week, we meet Oscar Torres, a student at UMass Boston and Juanita Tabb, a Success Counselor with Bottom Line.

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50 million - beyond the number

Posted 09/15/2017 by Paul S. Grogan, President & CEO

It’s been a big week at the Boston Foundation.

We are honored, humbled and touched by the announcement this week that Curriculum Associates will be giving the Foundation $50 million - the largest single gift in our 102-year history. Beyond the number, though, there are three elements of this particular gift which make it even more special in our work.

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The power of coaching

Posted 08/31/2017 by Elizabeth Pauley, Sr. Director, Education to Career and Ted McEnroe, Director of External Communications

This week, the Boston Foundation joined with the Boston Public Schools, and a host of other partners at Bunker Hill Community College, UMass Boston, and nonprofit partners including the Boston Private Industry Council, uAspire, the Bottom Line, and a host of other nonprofits and higher education partners to kick off Success Boston for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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