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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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Report | Racial Equity

A Guaranteed Income for Massachusetts

Boston Indicators teams up with the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center and the Economic Security Project to explore how an expansion of the state Earned Income Tax Credit could provide a guaranteed income stream, and improved financial security, to over 1.7 million Massachusetts residents in families earning less than $70,000 per year.

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Report | Neighborhoods and Housing

Race, Equity & Housing in the Time of COVID-19

In the second installment of the Greater Boston Housing Report Card report series, researchers from the UMass Donahue Institute highlight the links between decades of housing inequity and lack of affordability and the spread of COVID-19 in 2020.

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Qualified Renters Need Not Apply

A new study from the Housing Discrimination Testing Program at Suffolk University Law School, supported by the Boston Foundation, finds strong evidence of discrimination against Black and lower-income renters by agents and housing providers in Boston.

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Report | Neighborhoods and Housing

Housing Stability: COVID-19 and Beyond

The first brief from the 2020 Greater Boston Housing Report Card team focuses on the remarkable impact COVID-19 and the resulting economic disruption has had on homeowners and renters.

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Report | Racial Equity

Facilitating Organizational Change: Lessons from Nonprofit Participation in InclusionBoston

In a new report, YWBoston looks at the challenging but rewarding journey to improving Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) within nonprofit organizations. The report looks at how ten organizations, funded by the Boston Foundation, are using the YW's InclusionBoston curriculum and strategy to make progress diversifying leadership, advancing racial equity, and changing organizational culture.

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Video | Racial Equity

Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property In Boston

In a wide-ranging discussion, Vice President for Programs Orlando Watkins and others talked with Andre Perry of the Brookings Institution about the insights and revelations in his new book, "Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America's Black Cities," and what Boston can and should learn from it.

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