Investing in Change: The Business Equity Fund
Since 2018, the Business Equity Fund (BEF) has been helping businesses of color thrive. The Fund is designed to provide both flexible financing and patient capital to businesses that already are doing well and positioned for growth. To date, seven businesses have received a total of $2.3 million in low-cost loans - and all of them survived COVID. Here, Orlando Watkins, Vice President for Programs at the Boston Foundation, and BEF Investment Committee members discuss the BEF's impact.
A Conversation with M. Lee Pelton, President and CEO
Lee Pelton talks about his career, civic leadership as part of his professional and personal identity and how the Boston Foundation can play a major role in our region's recovery from what he calls the "triple pandemic" of COVID, racism and economic devastation.
Surviving COVID in Mattapan's "Heart of Haiti"
Mattapan has the largest Haitian population in Massachusetts, and more families are arriving every week. Immigrant Family Services Institute (IFSI) works to expedite their successful integration into the social and economic fabric of Boston, with an emphasis on providing academic support and enrichment services to youth. Dr. Geralde Gabeau, Founder and Executive Director of IFSI, explains how IFSI came to be and how their work evolved during the pandemic.
Lightning in a Bottle: A Film Sparks Candid Conversations About Race
Traces of the Trade follows Dain Perry and other descendants of the DeWolf family as they retrace the steps of their ancestors’ slave trading activities. After the film's premiere in 2008, Dain and his wife, Constance Perry, who is African American and a descendant of slaves, decided to devote themselves to this work, and have been leading screenings and conversations about race across the country ever since. Here, they tell us about their work.
Dain and Constance Perry have a donor advised fund at the Boston Foundation.
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