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 

Report

Global Greater Boston: Immigrants in a Changing Region

For Global Greater Boston, the Boston Indicators team partnered with the Immigration Research Initiative to explore in greater depth just who makes up Greater Boston's immigrant population, and the economic impact of immigration on the region, the immigrants and their families. The report finds that immigrants today are from vastly different regions than they were decades ago, but their positive impact on Greater Boston remains strong.

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Report

Pathways to Equity: The 2023 Annual Report

The 2023 Boston Foundation Annual Report, 'Pathways to Equity' introduces you to a dozen remarkable people who personify both TBF's four pathways, and the many ways that TBF and its communities are working to create a more equitable Boston.

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Report

2023 Greater Boston Housing Report Card

The Greater Boston Housing Report Card has tracked key housing metrics for more than two decades. In addition to data and analysis, the 2023 report features an exploration of how Community Land Trusts can unlock further affordable housing across the region.

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Video

The Food, Fuel and Shelter Fund: A Discussion

Nonprofit partners in TBF's Food, Fuel and Shelter Fund shared their stories of impact and discussed how philanthropy can work differently to address the spiraling level of demand for basic needs in this thought-provoking conversation at the Edgerley Center for Civic Leadership.

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Video

Nurturing Strong Beginnings Coffee & Conversation Series

The conversation featured four speakers whose work impacts children and families in the Commonwealth, each with different yet complementary approaches to their work, ranging from inequities in maternal health, to housing, education and support for caregivers.

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Video

How Can Philanthropy Support Migrant Relief? ​

Our conversation explored the numerous obstacles new arrivals face as they try to survive and thrive in our ever-changing region amid challenges such as language barriers, increases in xenophobia, and a lack of cultural understanding. As stated by Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll during our conversation, “government cannot take this on alone,” which is why we hope you will rise to this unique challenge and help us to alleviate the many issues new Bostonians face.  

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Video

Minding the Gap Enterprise Wealth

The second event of the Minding the Gap series focused on Enterprise Wealth and the relationship between race, business ownership, and wealth. Due to decades of systemic racism and discrimination from governments, banks, and other financial institutions, people of color have been routinely excluded from the prospect of enterprise ownership, leading to disproportionately low levels of businesses owned and grown in communities of color. This event featured two panel discussions: Business Incubators & Advocates, and Business Owners.

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