The Boston Foundation Centennial - 100 Years of Impact

In 1915, the Boston Foundation opened its doors for the first time -- one of the very first community foundations in the nation. But then a year later, something remarkable happened. A very successful business man named James Longley left his whole estate of $4 Million to the Boston Foundation. And that enabled the Boston Foundation to be the very first foundation in the country to make grants.

Success Boston logoToday, James Longley is helping a young man named Elisio DiPina fulfill his dream of a college education. Elisio is part of Success Boston, which helps graduates of the Boston Public Schools not only get into college, but complete college -- a goal too many of Boston's graduates fail to reach. Thanks to the Permanent Fund for Boston, the Foundation is a major partner and funder of Success Boston, which matches students like Elisio with coaches, like Danny Riviera. Hear Elisio's story.

There for Education coverRead There for Education Reform, the fifth in a series of publications about the many times the Boston Foundation has supported ideas and innovations that have transformed our community and improved lives. Today, as a major civic leader, the Foundation is helping to create the change our community needs—and we believe that nothing is more important to our common future than equity in education.

View a list of education-related reports developed through the Boston Foundation's Understanding Boston series of forums, educational events and research that provide information and insight into issues affecting Greater Boston. 

Boston Indicators Project logoVisit the Boston Indicators Project’s website to explore detailed education-related indicators and affiliated measures designed to highlight conditions and trends in Boston, its neighborhoods and region, as well as outcomes for specific groups.

Boston Opportunity Agenda logoVisit the website of the Boston Opportunity Agenda.  The BOA marks the first time that the City of Boston and the Boston Public Schools and the city’s leading public charities and many of our foundations have come together to ensure all residents have access to the education necessary for the upward economic mobility, civic engagement, and lifelong learning for themselves and their families.