The Boston Foundation proudly hosted the opening session of the five-day Embrace Ideas Festival, organized by King Boston and featuring dozens of speakers discussing central themes of race and equity at venues across the city.
In the headline discussion of the Embrace Ideas Festival at TBF, President and CEO Lee Pelton sat down with author Heather McGhee for a thought-provoking discussion of the themes of her book, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together.
A Boston Foundation donor with a longstanding interest in housing justice finds an innovative (and replicable) way to help the Boston Neighborhood Community Land Trust preserve access to affordable housing near Upham's Corner in Dorchester.
In July, the Boston Foundation announced that it had wrapped up its COVID-19 Response Fund, a two-plus year effort to distribute grants quickly and efficiently to the remarkable community-based nonprofits supporting communities during the pandemic. The Response Fund received and distributed more than $18 million to Massachusetts nonprofits from 1,600 individual and corporate donors. More than half of those donors were first-time donors to the Boston Foundation. In addition, Boston Foundation donors stepped up their giving in other ways with a record-setting $200 million in grants made from Donor Advised Funds.
The challenges faced by the city of Chelsea during the COVID-19 pandemic inspired it. Thoughtful donors and the knowledge and expertise of the people of Chelsea made it a reality. On June 7, everyone involved with the experiment in participatory philanthropy called Chelsea 2021 gathered in Chelsea Square to celebrate.
Over the course of the initiative, Chelsea organizations and leaders were strengthened, and donors and nonprofits alike say they are eager to follow up with similar initiatives.