Donor Education + Events

Our programs and events keep you in touch with community issues and your own approach to philanthropy.

Our donors are always invited to Boston Foundation programs that are open to the public. Chief among these is Understanding Boston, a series of forums, educational events and research presentations that provide information and insight into issues affecting Greater Boston, its neighborhoods and the region. See recent Understanding Reports and forum videos below.

Donor-Only Events

The Boston Foundation hosts events for donors that engage them in programmatic topics (an evening at Commonwealth Shakespeare, for example, or a screening of a film about a prison transition program) and that introduce them to thought leaders in philanthropy: Donors were invited to a “Jeffersonian Dinner” with Dr. Atul Gawande, and to a concert and conversation with Peter Buffett at the Isabel Stewart Gardner Museum. We offer a series of philanthropic workshops each year to help donors and their friends learn more about the mechanics of estate and charitable gift planning from experts in the field. Past programs have included: 

  • Responding to Financial Markets: Life Income and Related Plans
  • Charitable Planning with Real Estate Interests
  • Estate and Gift Planning Basics
  • Charitable Contributions of IRA and Qualified Retirement Plan Assets
  • Planning for the Future of Your Donor Advised Fund 
Bostons Child Care Supply Crisis cover

Report | The Boston Opportunity Agenda

Boston's Childcare Supply Crisis: What a Pandemic Reveals

The Boston Opportunity Agenda updates its annual look at the state of early education in Boston, and finds the COVID-19 pandemic has put even greater strain on the sector, reducing the number of available seats and putting current care and the future economic recovery at risk.

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Cover of the Racial Equity Capacity Builders Directory; a collage of different colored silhouettes of people. A black box in the upper right corner has white text in it that says "Racial Equity Capacity Builders Directory."

Report | Racial Equity

Racial Equity Capacity Builders Directory

The second edition of the Racial Equity Capacity Builders Directory provides information about more than 100 individuals and organizations that work with nonprofits to support organizational racial equity and DEI efforts.

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Video | Jobs and Economic Development

Catapult 1 Year Later

The Boston Foundation and SkillWorks host a look at how the pandemic of 2020 has turned the workforce development system - and Project Catapult's efforts to support next-gen workforce efforts, in new directions for the post-pandemic world.

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Video | Early Childhood

Handle with Care: Early Childhood Providers at Risk

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the challenges facing childcare providers and parents. But how bad are things, and what can be done? Those were the topics of the Boston Opportunity Agenda's update of its 2019 State of Early Education report

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