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Partnering with Companies

Corporate philanthropy furthers your business goals, engages your employees and has real social impact.

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Here at the Boston Foundation, we partner with companies to develop, manage, and evaluate your charitable giving programs. We work with emerging and leading companies in financial services, technology, life sciences, and other industries to maximize their community impact locally and globally. 

Ways the Boston Foundation Can Help

  • We can consult with you and your leadership team around strategy, timing and structure of a corporate giving program.
  • We can fully administer your corporate philanthropy program in partnership with The Philanthropic Initiative, our consulting arm. 
  • We can serve as a pass-through mechanism for your grant making.
  • We can help you embed giving into the DNA of your company via Pledge 1% Boston, an early-stage philanthropy program of the Boston Foundation.

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

Corporate DAF Advantages

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

Maintaining a Corporate DAF is approximately three times less expensive than establishing and running a corporate foundation. But cost savings are not the only advantage.

Efficiency

Employees don’t have to devote long hours to the charitable giving process, to administering grants or to dealing with tax returns or audits.

Flexibility

Your company can give a variety of assets, even complex assets, recommend grants and change your giving to suit evolving priorities.

Effectiveness

The Boston Foundation offers local, national and even global expertise to help target corporate charitable giving to meet your needs, for local and global giving.

The Corporate DAF Difference*

  • Your company can easily suggest grants to nonprofits in local and global markets; we take care of the due diligence for you.
  • We manage all reporting and monitoring of your grants and programs, including tax receipts and award letters.
  • We can run grant-making “circles” or grant rounds for your employees and/or executives.
  • We will invite you and your employees to a variety of educational forums, with topics ranging from Education to Affordable Housing to Job Creation and the Arts.
  • You can maintain your company brand, naming the Fund whatever you wish (i.e., “Carbonite Charitable Fund”).
  • Employees can contribute to the Fund.
  • We can help your employees identify nonprofit boards to join.
  • Contributions are tax deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law.
  • You and your employees can donate diverse assets, including cash or stock (pre-IPO and appreciated).

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Contact Senior Director of Innovation Partnerships & Pledge 1% Tim Smith to learn more about how we work with companies.

In addition, The Philanthropic Initiative, the consulting services arm of the Boston Foundation, provides companies with in-depth and specialized services if desired. Whether your market is domestic or multinational, TPI will help you give more effectively through strategic planning, executive services, innovative program design, in-depth research and grants administration and management services.

*Some of these services involve additional contracts or fees, based on the complexity and size of the Fund.

Pledge 1% Boston and Early-Stage Corporate Philanthropy

Pledge 1% Boston encourages and challenges founders and CEOs to pledge 1% of equity (either personal or company), product and employee time for their communities—and help put that intent into action. Pledge 1% Boston is the local embodiment of the broader global movement, Pledge 1%. The movement was sparked by three companies in 2014, including Salesforce, Atlassian and Rally, to change the world through inspiring early-stage corporate philanthropy. TUGG and the Boston Foundation are excited to spearhead this movement in Boston.

Benefits of Working with the Boston Foundation

  • Deep knowledge of local, national and global philanthropy
  • A sound reputation for working with companies of all sizes to meet their charitable needs
  • Access to research reports and events

Corporate Partners include:

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Partnering with Bain Capital on Disaster Relief

The Boston Foundation partnered with Bain Capital to launch the Bain Capital Relief Fund, a corporate Donor Advised Fund (DAF). The Bain Capital Relief Fund serves as an ongoing vehicle through which the firm can quickly and effectively deploy philanthropic dollars to organizations delivering humanitarian relief and ongoing reconstruction assistance to those affected by disasters. The fund was seeded with contributions from Bain Capital managing directors and employees and will be deployed in response to major crises that occur around the world. 

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Partnering with Carbonite to Close the Skills Gap

The Boston Foundation partnered with Carbonite in developing its corporate philanthropy program. Through a corporate Donor Advised Fund (DAF) at the Boston Foundation, employees recommend grants to close the skills gap, specifically in the tech sector. The Foundation has served as a key liaison to the nonprofit community, and advises Carbonite leadership in grant-making decisions both locally and in other markets. 

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Partnering with Salsify to Engage Students in STEM

The Boston Foundation is partnering with Pledge 1% Boston Member and Tech Leader Salsify to engage Boston Public Schools students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). We have worked together to connect hundreds of BPS students with day-long learning and development programs at Salsify and other local technology companies. The model that Salsify pioneered has been adopted by dozens of other leading technology companies in Greater Boston. 

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