Boston –The Boston Foundation launched a new web-based resource for Boston neighborhoods this evening at its annual meeting, held at the Foundation’s Arlington Street headquarters. Named “My Neighborhood: Boston,” the website includes art by local residents, photography that explores and presents life at the grassroots, and offers local resources. It is designed to be a participatory site that seeds information and invites local residents to submit their own work or work that serves local residents and that captures the unique qualities of Boston as a city defined by its neighborhoods.
The site is located at www.myneighborhoodboston.org and is expected to grow through resident contributions.
“This site is really an invitation to everyone who lives in Boston to join in a dynamic conversation about what matters and what defines our own civic and personal geography,” said Paul S. Grogan, President and CEO of the Boston Foundation.
The website was one announcement made at the Annual Meeting, which drew hundreds of local residents to the Foundation. In addition, $1,000 mini-grants were made to 16 organizations representing city neighborhoods, including: Allston-Brighton Community Development Corporation, Beacon Hill Village, Charlestown Boys & Girls Club, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Project R.I.G.H.T., East Boston Social Centers, Fenway Community Health, Southwest Boston Community Development Corporation, City Life/Vida Urbana, Mattapan Community Development Corporation, North End Community Health Center, Rogerson Communities, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Julie’s Family Learning Program, Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion and AgeWell West Roxbury.
The Boston Foundation, Greater Boston’s community foundation, is one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the nation, with assets of $695 million. In Fiscal Year 2009, the Foundation and its donors made $86 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and received gifts of over $72 million. The Foundation is made up of some 900 separate charitable funds established by donors either for the general benefit of the community or for special purposes. The Boston Foundation also serves as a major civic leader, provider of information, convener, and sponsor of special initiatives designed to address the community’s and region’s most pressing challenges. For more information about the Boston Foundation, visit www.tbf.org or call 617-338-1700.