Getting Started

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.

Each year, the Boston Foundation helps hundreds of donors fulfill their philanthropic dreams, whether they want to support nonprofit organizations that are serving the community of Greater Boston or make charitable contributions anywhere in the United States or even internationally. We assist our donors as they make the most of their charitable resources today and plan for tomorrow.

Pledge 1%

We are excited to partner with entrepreneurs, researchers and others bringing the innovation economy to life in Boston. With Pledge 1%, we encourage startups and young businesses to join a global movement and commit 1 percent of their company (through individual or corporate pledges) to support their local communities.

Download the Donor Handbook.

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

Getting Started

  • Giving Vehicles

    Opening a fund at the Boston Foundation is an easy and quick process. We offer a wide range of giving vehicles to help you simplify your giving, increase the impact of your contributions, and receive maximum charitable tax deductions.

  • Investment Options

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    Through the Fund for the 21st Century, the Boston Foundation offers three separate investment options, allowing you to select the option that best matches your time horizon.
  • What to Give

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    Often the greatest opportunities for philanthropy occur just when you are making other major business, personal and financial decisions—writing or revising a will, contemplating the sale of real estate or other major assets, planning for retirement, or experiencing a financial windfall.
  • DonorFirst

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    The Boston Foundation is pleased to offer you the ability to access your fund information online, whenever it’s most convenient for you. DonorFirst is a secure site that donors and fund advisors may access by using a personalized user ID and password.
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