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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 
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Boston Opportunity Agenda 8th Annual Report Card

The 8th Annual Boston Opportunity Agenda Report Card examines how Boston public school, charter and Catholic school students are performing on key metrics from early childhood through college. New this year: an examination of how ready Boston high school graduates are for postsecondary work.

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Report | Civic Leadership Fund

Changing Faces of Greater Boston

Boston Indicators teams up with the UMass Donahue Institute and UMass Boston research teams to explore the dramatic change in greater Boston's demographics since 1990, and the impact on Boston's neighborhoods and the region's cities and towns.

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Video | Education

Boston EdTalks 2019

The new WBUR CitySpace served as the perfect setting for the 2019 Boston EdTalks, a series of brilliant presentations by Boston-area educators on the challenges, opportunities and rewards of life in and around the classroom.

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Video | Civic Leadership Fund

Changing Faces of Greater Boston: A Symposium

A capacity crowd filled the Edgerley Center as researchers from Boston Indicators, UMass Boston and the UMass Donahue Institute rolled out new research on the rapid demographic change in Greater Boston - and a panel of local leaders reacted.

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Video | Jobs and Economic Development

The Catapult Papers: Essays on the Future of Workforce Development

At the release of a new series of papers on the next generation of workforce development, panelists worked to unpack the challenges and opportunities a tight labor market provides for workforce development, and the tools and strategies smart organizations are already using.

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