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 
TBF Annual Report 2021


The 2021 Annual Report

The 2021 Annual Report from the Boston Foundation features interviews with community leaders focused on addressing Boston's critical issues in equity, working to ensure that our moment of change becomes a movement. Read the report and explore full transcript of all ten interviews.

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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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Mayor Wu at Shared Commitment launch

Video | Success Boston

Success Boston announces a new shared equity framework

Leaders from the city, the Boston Public Schools, higher education and workforce development gathered to make a commitment to equity in the effort to ensure at least 70 percent of Boston Public Schools graduates make it through their postsecondary programs.

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