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 | COVID 19 Response

COVID 19 Response Fund Impact Report

This report strives to capture the scope and timeline of the COVID-19 Response Fund's work, and the lessons we have learned over the past two years that are helping us reshape our work with community leaders and nonprofits as we venture out on Our New Pathway, TBF's new strategic plan.

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Report | The Boston Opportunity Agenda

Boston Opportunity Agenda Tenth Annual Report Card

The tenth annual edition of the Boston Opportunity Agenda report card finds that the pandemic had a significant impact on a number of key education indicators from early childhood to college graduation rates, but the level of impact varied between levels

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Video | SkillWorks

SkillWorks Fellowships: Solutions & Design Lab for Workforce Innovation

SkillWorks and the Boston Foundation launched the inaugural cohort of the SkillWorks Fellowship Solution & Design Lab for Workforce Innovation and introduced the first round of SkillWorks Fellows, followed by a discussion moderated by President & CEO, Dr. Lee Pelton, on the future of workforce and economic equity.

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