Increasing Philanthropic Resources
As Greater Boston’s community foundation, the Boston Foundation is dedicated to building and increasing philanthropic resources for our city and our region The Foundation holds some 900 separate funds established by individuals, families or businesses either for current giving or as a legacy for the future. We also raise funds for our endowment and for civic leadership work and for special initiatives focused on some of our community’s central challenges .
$1 billion in grants
The Boston Foundation works closely with donors who establish Donor Advised Funds
to enhance their giving in informed and effective ways. We also offer support to donors through the The Philanthropic Initiative
, which provides customized philanthropic consulting to individuals, families, foundations and companies looking to increase the impact of their giving.
We also conduct an annual campaign for the Civic Leadership Fund, which supports all of the Foundation’s research, convenings and public policy work in Greater Boston and helps the Foundation inform and ameliorate the underlying forces that affect poverty and inequity in our community—and we raise funds to support Special Initiatives in areas such as college completion and community safety.
We raise around
$1.5 million annually
to support the
Civic Leadership Fund.
The Permanent Fund for Boston
, the large, flexible endowment that supports all of the Foundation’s grant making in Greater Boston, is primarily funded through planned and legacy gifts.
We encourage young and startup companies to build philanthropy into their DNA by joining Pledge 1% Boston, committing to give one percent of their company to support their communities.
And we are proud to host the Giving Common, an innovative, web-based resource for giving in Massachusetts that provides current information about nonprofits and invites easy and quick giving online—with the goal of increasing philanthropy in the Commonwealth.