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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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Race to the Middle: Why STEM Education Matters
Date: October 26, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: The Edgerley Center for Civic Leadership at the Boston Foundation, 75 Arlington Street, 3rd Floor, Boston
Please join us for a conversation on the importance of STEM education, the state of the current STEM landscape in the City of Boston, and the path forward to a thriving and resilient STEM education ecosystem.
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Recent Press Releases

New Boston Indicators report highlights growth and opportunity for Boston’s growing Latino community
Date: June 07, 2017
A new examination of Boston’s Latino community shows that Latinos have accounted for almost all of Boston’s population growth since 1980, and finds Latinos represent untapped potential if the city is to continue to grow and prosper.
Equality Fund at the Boston Foundation announces $88,000 in grants for LGBTQ organizations
Date: June 01, 2017
The Equality Fund at the Boston Foundation, the first permanent, endowed fund for the benefit of members of the Greater Boston LGBTQ community and their families, today announced its fifth round of grants – totaling $88,000 – to eleven Greater Boston organizations serving the LGBTQ community.

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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.