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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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Success Boston Report Release
Date: March 23, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: The Boston Foundation, 75 Arlington Street, 10th Floor, Boston
Join us for the release of a new report from the Success Boston College Completion Initiative about the impact of coaching on the college success of Boston Public Schools graduates.
Opportunity in Change: Preparing Boston for Leader Transitions and New Models of Nonprofit Leadership
Date: March 24, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: The Boston Foundation, 75 Arlington Street, 10th Floor, Boston

Join us for the release of a joint report by Third Sector New England and the Boston Foundation that examines sector-wide changes created by the mass exit of Baby Boomers from their nonprofit leadership roles, combined with an insufficient investment in succession planning and leadership development, and the opportunities to strengthen nonprofits and their leaders by seizing upon this moment.

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Recent Press Releases

The Boston Foundation announces $750,000 in critically needed funding to individual performing artists
Date: March 07, 2017
The Boston Foundation, with support and partnership from the Barr Foundation, has awarded 60 project-specific grants to small nonprofit performing arts organizations, collaboratives and individual artists in Greater Boston totaling some $750,000. Grants for the special program, called Live Arts Boston (LAB), were decided through an open application process and community review process that engaged 18 panelists including local artists, presenters and producers.
The Boston Foundation releases a detailed report on the challenges of family homelessness
Date: February 23, 2017
The Boston Foundation, in partnership with the independent research firm Westat and the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), released a report today analyzing nine years of data on homelessness assistance in Massachusetts. The research, which was shared with hundreds of people at a forum this morning at the Foundation, sheds light on the number of families who need Emergency Assistance—in the form of direct shelter or programs that help them remain housed outside of the shelter system.

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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.