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Taking on
Critical Issues

Civic leadership that focuses on health, education
and other serious challenges...

Support the Civic Leadership Fund
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Don't just give. Solve.
Creating Systemic Change
Measuring your philanthropy
by impact created, not dollars given.
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What Will You Be Doing in 100 Years?
Help us build the Permanent Fund for Boston…
Learn About This Crucial Fund
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Your Own
Giving Account

Be directly engaged in giving with a
Donor Advised Fund...

Learn About Donor Advised Funds

Grant Making. Charitable Asset Management. Systemic Change.

Charity Navigator 4 Star ratingTogether we can work to solve the problems you care most deeply about. 

Through private foundation alternatives, Donor Advised Funds, philanthropic advising and planned giving, we are a complete source for donors who want to measure their philanthropy by impact created, not just dollars given. 

If you want to give confidently and make a real dent in the causes you care about most, whether in your own backyard or around the globe, we can help you bring it all together. 

We also offer services that can maximize your giving through The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI), an internationally recognized provider of philanthropic consulting and management services.  Housed at the Boston Foundation, TPI can help you define priorities and strategies, implement programs and evaluate success.

  • Getting Started

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    Every donor arrives at the Boston Foundation with a unique story, vision or goal.  A broad selection of funds offers a host of opportunities to meet your unique needs.  If you would like assistance in determining the best type of fund for you, please call or email the Office of Development and Donor Services at 617-338-1700 or
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  • Give Now

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    In a time when philanthropy is more important than ever, we can help you design a giving program that’s right for you—so that your passions and interests can direct your giving. Our knowledgeable staff serves as a liaison with charities close to home and far away—lending expertise on a wide range of issues and helping you measure the impact of your giving.
  • Legacy Giving

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    We offer many ways to incorporate charitable giving into your estate planning—and we can help you decide which type of gift is right for you. Planned and legacy giving through the Boston Foundation is an excellent way to establish a charitable legacy through a fund of your choice, while helping you realize significant financial and tax benefits.
  • Donor Services

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    The Boston Foundation has an entire department that is dedicated to working closely with our donors to make their philanthropy as effective and fulfilling as possible. Our staff will sit down with you to discuss your ideas, your values – and the issues that are most important to you.

  • Professional Advisors

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    The Boston Foundation works closely with Greater Boston’s professional advisors to customize charitable solutions for their clients—in the process combining their client’s vision with our experience in philanthropy and financial management.
  • Stories and Testimonials

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    From James Longley, and his bequest of $4 million in 1915, to today’s diverse groups of individuals, families, foundations and corporations, Boston Foundation donors have immeasurably strengthened the Greater Boston community – while fulfilling their own charitable goals. Meet some of our current donors and hear from some of our professional advisors and learn why they chose the Boston Foundation as their partner in philanthropy.

  • Donor Solutions Center

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    Visit the Donor Solutions Center to learn more about exemplary donors, groundbreaking research and the most innovative thinking in the field.

  • The Giving Common

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    Visitors to the Giving Common have the ability to search for nonprofits and causes important to them by geography, organization income size, keyword, mission category and more. Through this online portal, donors also have the opportunity to donate to nonprofits by credit card or through their Donor Advised Fund at the Boston Foundation.

  • Make A Gift

    Learn the different ways you can make a gift to or through the Boston Foundation.  You also may use your credit card to make a secure contribution to any of our listed funds.  Contributions to a Donor Advised Fund, Designated Fund or other funds not listed can be made using the General Form.

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