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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 | Boston Indicators

Multiracial in Greater Boston

A new report from Boston Indicators explores the details behind the numbers for Greater Boston's growing multiracial population, using birth and marriage records to highlight the changing demographics of the city and region.

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Greater Boston Housing Report Card cover

Report | Neighborhoods and Housing

Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2021

The 18th Annual Greater Boston Housing Report Card looks at the effects of COVID on the region's economy and housing, and highlights some of the policies that could provide permanent improvements in housing affordability and availability.

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Video | Boston Indicators

Multiracial in Greater Boston

On November 17, 2021, researchers and panelists gathered to discuss the new Boston Indicators report, Multiracial in Greater Boston: The Leading Edge of Demographic Change. The report, which explores trends in the growing multiracial population in Greater Boston, reveals that not only is racial diversity increasing in the aggregate, but a growing number of families are forming across racial and ethnic lines.

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A mother in a hospital gown holding a swaddled baby.

Video | Health and Wellness

First 1,000 Days Forum

On November 4, 2021, Dr. Elsie Taveras presented results from the First 1,000 Days Program - a novel intervention that works across early-life systems to prevent obesity, promote healthy routines and behaviors, and reduce health disparities among young children and their families. As rates of childhood obesity reach historically high levels, results from First 1,000 Days study – recently published in Pediatrics – provide a path forward for a scalable model of obesity prevention and sustainable health for families.

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Succes Boston Coaching report cover. It features pictures of students wearing caps and gowns, and smiling adults.

Video | Education

Success Boston Coaching: A Report on Coaching Effectiveness on College Persistence and Completion

On October 13, 2021, researchers from Abt Associates presented a new report they conducted for Success Boston that examines the effectiveness of transition coaching on the college success of Boston Public Schools graduates. The analysis reveals improvement from baseline across all metrics, albeit not always in statistically significant numbers, and other compelling takeaways.

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The cover for Boston Indicators' 15 Minute Neighborhoods report; an illustration of a cityscape with the report title above it. Boston Foundation, Boston Indicators and MHP Center for Housing Data logos on the bottom left.

Video | Boston Indicators

15 Minute Neighborhoods: Repairing Regional Harms and Building Vibrant Neighborhoods for All

On September 29, the Boston Foundation hosted a virtual event to release a new paper from Boston Indicators and the Center for Housing Data at the Massachusetts Housing Partnership. The paper, 15 Min Neighborhoods: Repairing Regional Harms and Building Vibrant Neighborhoods for All, looks at how Greater Boston might create a network of equitable, walkable neighborhoods to strengthen communities and regional equity.

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Greater Boston Housing Report Card cover

Video | Neighborhoods and Housing

The Journey from Pandemic to Permanent Changes in Housing

The release of the 2021 Greater Boston Housing Report Card served as a look back at a pandemic, and a look ahead to what it taught us about economic and policy interventions that could advance the long-term fight for housing equity.

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