As part of our Vision 2020 strategic plan, the Boston Foundation is deepening its focus on the critical pre-natal to age 5 early childhood years to improve children's readiness for success in school and life. This event is the second in the Early Childhood Research Roundtable series and the first of several that will focus on issues related to the early education and care workforce.
Please join us for a conversation about our Open Door Grants program. This series of conversations held throughout Greater Boston provides community members with the opportunity to learn more about Open Door Grants, ask questions and discuss the application and review processes with Boston Foundation staff. The Open Door Grants program supports new or existing nonprofit organizations in their efforts to meet present needs or test new ideas and innovations that address the most critical challenges and opportunities facing the people of Greater Boston.
At this forum, the Boston Foundation released "The Work of Leisure: Behind the Scenes of Massachusetts' Leisure, Hospitality and Tourism Industry" - the first such study in 27 years - which is a detailed report that reveals how ubiquitous this industry really is and how much influence it has. The forum included a presentation of the report and a panel discussion about the implications of its findings.
This forum was for the Boston release of BoardSource's national Leading With Intent report. The findings, including data on the state of nonprofit board diversity, were presented by Anne Wallestead. Following the presentation, an experienced panel of local nonprofit board and staff members shared their insights.
At this forum, the Boston Foundation released a report authored by Boston Indicators and the Fenway Institute that features new research about our state's LGBT community. Following a presentation of the report's findings, there was a series of discussions on the inequities facing today's diverse LGBT community and ways to address them and other challenges going forward.
This report, conducted by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute for Success Boston, finds that Boston students have access to unprecedented levels of support for getting into and persisting in college, but that the effectiveness of those supports would be increased by improved coordination and sharing among schools, community organizations and higher education institutions.
Is your nonprofit organization looking for a place to hold an event? We welcome community organizations to use our available conference room space free of charge for their meetings during our regular business hours.