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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 | Jobs and Economic Development

The Catapult Papers: Essays on the Future of Workforce Development

This compilation of the four-part Catapult Papers series, with commentary from Paul Grogan and JVS Boston CEO Jerry Rubin, explores the necessary changes JVS and other organizations have made to become "Next Gen workforce organizations" that can support employers and workers and create scalable models in a tight labor market.

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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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Eileen McAnneny presents at the Grade Incomplete forum

Video | Education

Grade Incomplete: Understanding Boston Forum

In a highly engaging Understanding Boston forum, community college funding took center stage. The Boston Foundation and Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation presented an examination of the fate of the Massachusetts' community college performace funding formula, and college presidents and the audience joined in a vibrant discussion of funding, private support and the opportunities and challenges facing the 15-campus system.

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Video | Civic Leadership

Census 2020 Explained

An October 24 forum for the release of the new Boston Indicators report "Census 2020, Explained" highlighted the critical importance of an accurate Census for Massachusetts, and featured an interesting conversation with the regional director for the US Census.

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