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Donors + Giving Opportunities

“The Boston Foundation is at the epicenter of philanthropy in Boston.”

Jill Shah, shown here with Niraj Shah, Donors to the Boston Foundation’s Campaign for Civic Leadership

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Your philanthropy is more than just a transaction.

When you start a relationship with the Boston Foundation, our work with you is extremely personal and individualized. But no matter what your philanthropic goals might be, in all cases we offer the full resources of the Foundation, from our deep knowledge of Greater Boston’s needs and key players to a top-notch investment team and  a vibrant network of fellow donors and community leaders.

We also offer services that can maximize giving through The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI), an internationally recognized provider of philanthropic consulting and management services housed at the Boston Foundation, which works with individuals, families and companies to define priorities and strategies, implement programs and evaluate success. 

Explore our offerings for individuals, families, or companies by clicking on the links below, or if you're ready to get started, call our Donor Line at (617) 338-2213, or through the form below.

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Donor Advised Funds

We offer a wide range of giving vehicles, including donor advised funds, to help you streamline your giving, increase the impact of your contributions and receive maximum charitable tax deductions.

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Donor Services

Whether you are just beginning your philanthropic journey or possess a high level of clarity and sophistication, our staff will sit down with you to discuss your ideas, values and the issues most important to you. 

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Civic Leadership

Through the Annual Fund for Civic Leadership, donors like you provide the resource for the Boston Foundation to play a critical role as a convener, research hub and leader on civic and policy issues. 

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Planned Giving

We offer many ways to incorporate charitable giving into your estate planning—and we have the expertise to help you decide which approaches make the most sense for you.

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Meet Our Donors

Donors come to us at every stage of their philanthropic journey, each with unique goals and priorities. We love to share the many creative ways people turn their resources into community good.

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The Power of Non-Cash Gifts

Non-cash gifts such as restricted stock and real estate can be a smart way to maximize your philanthropy.  The Boston Foundation can nimbly handle assets and arrangements both simple and complex. 

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Impact Investing

Through our Impact Pool, Invest with Impact program, and custom opportunities like the Business Equity Fund, Boston Foundation donors have multiple avenues through which to explore impact investing. 

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Giving Opportunities

We help manage giving for individuals, families, corporations and foundations. Or co-invest with us, in  special Boston Foundation funds and philanthropic initiatives established or pre-vetted by our grant-making and donor services professionals.

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Investment Options

The Boston Foundation offers three separate investment options, so you can select the option (or mix and match) that best matches the time horizon of your charitable giving plans.

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Partnering with Companies

Opening a Corporate Donor Advised Fund at the Boston Foundation provides you with a simple, flexible and effective way to conduct and manage your company giving that is far less time consuming and costly than establishing a corporate foundation.

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The Philanthropic Initiative

The Philanthropic Initiative, a distinct unit of the Boston Foundation, also offers customized philanthropic consulting services to donors and foundations looking to increase the impact of their giving.

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Philanthropy Group Team

Kate Guedj
Kate Guedj, Senior Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer
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Julie Smith-Bartoloni
Julie Smith-Bartoloni, Senior Director, Philanthropy
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Pamela B. Hurd
Pamela B. Hurd, Senior Director, Philanthropy
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Tim Smith
Tim Smith, Senior Director, Philanthropy
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Emma Penick, Senior Director, Gift Planning and Advisor Relations
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Thomas Bentley
Thomas Bentley, Assistant Director, Leadership Giving
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