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Welcome to the Boston Foundation Community Center.  Here you will find news, information about upcoming events and the most recent post from the City of Ideas blog.

New Tool to Help Maximize Your Philanthropy

The Boston Foundation, along with two other community foundations and The Philanthropic Initiative, have created a free, interactive resource to help people who give to charitable causes to understand more about how to maximize their philanthropy.  Read more...


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Upcoming Events

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Greater Boston's IT/Tech Workforce Strategy
Date: May 19, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue Boston, MA 02210
Please join us for the third and final forum focused on strategies to close the IT/Tech workforce gap in Greater Boston. 
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Recent Press Releases

Boston Foundation Report Urges Action in the Face of Massive Nonprofit Leader Transitions
Date: March 24, 2017
While the threat of wholesale Baby Boom retirement has seemed imminent for some time, it is finally and undeniably happening now. The Boston Foundation has released its fifth Understanding Boston report on the subject of nonprofit effectiveness, with a sharp focus on leadership development in the face of an oncoming wave of transitions.
New Success Boston report shows “positive and large” results of coaching for participating college students
Date: March 23, 2017

A new report prepared for the Success Boston College Completion Initiative by the research firm Abt Associates shows that graduates of the Boston Public Schools who are receiving coaching through the initiative have a significant advantage over other students.

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The Donor Solutions Center

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The Donor Solutions Center is for people attracted to the kind of philanthropy that has a real impact on the challenges we face locally, nationally and around the world.  We invite you to learn more about exemplary donors, groundbreaking research and the most innovative thinking in the field.

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Supporting Our Work

The Civic Leadership Fund Golden Dome photo 2016 Over the last 15 years, the Boston Foundation has become a major civic leader for Greater Boston and our region—with crucial support from the Civic Leadership Fund. The Foundation and its many partners in the business and nonprofit communities—as well as numerous public officials—have had a real impact on a series of issues that are critical to the economic competitiveness and civic health of Greater Boston.


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At the heart of everything the Boston Foundation has done over the last century—every grant it has made, every innovation it has supported, every cause it has championed—is its endowment, the Permanent Fund for Boston.  Established through bequests left by hundreds of visionary and forward-thinking Bostonians since 1917, this essential fund fuels all of the Foundation’s work and provides the resources that have sparked positive change and enabled new ideas.