Paul Grogan, Boston Foundation recognized for philanthropic excellence

October 3, 2013

Grogan named among 50 most influential by NonProfit Times, Boston Foundation gets “Hall of Fame” nod for transportation equity work

Boston – The Boston Foundation has announced that the Foundation has received a pair of awards, one honoring President and CEO Paul Grogan, the other recognizing the Foundation for its efforts to bring transit equity to the neighborhoods along the Fairmount commuter line.

Grogan named to NonProfit Times “Power and Influence Top 50”

President and CEO Paul S. Grogan was formally honored September 19th at the National Press Club in Washington, DC as a member of the NonProfit Times “Power and Influence Top 50,” the publication’s list of the nonprofit sector’s top innovators and influencers. Grogan, who has been President and CEO of the Foundation since 2001, is one of two members of the 2013 list from Massachusetts, and is one of just two members of the list representing community foundations.

Other members of the 2013 Top 50 include Gates Foundation Co-Founder Bill Gates, Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, Do Something CEO Nancy Lublin, and Silicon Valley Community Foundation President Emmett Carson. Vanessa Kirsch, the Founder and Managing Director of New Profit, Inc., is the other Massachusetts nonprofit leader on the list.

The annual NonProfit Times list highlights 50 of the sector’s leaders “for innovation, influence on the broader sector, and for developing organizational models that can be replicated.” The full list and list of past members of the Power and Influence Top 50 can be found at
TBF named to “Community Foundation Hall of Fame” for Fairmount Line efforts

This week, the Boston Foundation was named one of 10 foundations whose work qualifies for the National Center for Responsive Philanthropy’s “Community Foundation Hall of Fame.” Honorees will be recognized at the Council on Foundations annual meeting next week. The award highlights the Foundation’s work for transportation equity along the Fairmount Corridor, a multiyear effort to bring equitable rapid transit service, jobs, housing and community development to neighborhoods along the 9-mile Fairmount Line, which runs through some of Boston’s most economically-challenged neighborhoods. In 2013, the MBTA opened three new transit stations and reduced fares on the Fairmount Line, providing critically needed connections between the Fairmount neighborhoods and the rest of the city.

“These two honors reflect the hard work that the staff of the Boston Foundation, our donors, grantees and community partners do on a daily basis,” said Grogan. “I am touched and honored to see my name alongside the 49 other innovators and influencers in the NonProfit Times list, and it is with equal pride we accept the Community Foundation Hall of Fame honor from the NCRP. While both of these awards recognize the Boston Foundation, neither would be possible without the determined efforts of the community we serve.”


The Boston Foundation, Greater Boston’s community foundation, is one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the nation, with net assets of nearly $900 million.  In 2012, the Foundation and its donors made $88 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and received gifts of close to $60 million. The Foundation is a partner in philanthropy, with 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 that address the region’s most pressing challenges.  The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI), an operating unit of the Foundation, designs and implements custom philanthropic strategies for families, foundations and corporations around the globe. Through its consulting and field-advancing efforts, TPI has influenced billions of dollars in giving worldwide.  For more information about the Boston Foundation and TPI, visit or call 617-338-1700.