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Orlando WatkinsEquity at the Center

If we are to advance equity and close the gaps caused by this region's greatest disparities, we must tackle the individual, systems-level and root-level causes of inequity. To do this, our work with nonprofits must expand beyond grantmaking to other dimensions of partnership that allow us to most effectively tackle these complex and challenging issues.

In addition to making grants, we partner with nonprofits and civic organizations to advocate, convene, raise funds, conduct research, expand thinking, share stories and resources, and co-create strategic efforts that build a more equitable Greater Boston.

-Orlando Watkins, Vice President and Chief Program Officer

Grantmaking and Partnerships

To forge the path to equity, we are focused on four interconnected areas where we believe the Foundation is best able to support and partner with community-based organizations and leaders to advance their work. We encourage you to explore the pathways below, and if you or your organization see a potential partnership, reach out to that pathway team’s leader to discuss grants and other opportunities

Other Grantmaking initiatives

Throughout the year, TBF and a number of our funds offer or host other grantmaking initiatives that provide valuable support for nonprofits, leaders – and in some cases, individuals. We feature these opportunities prominently on our website when they occur, or click here to explore more.

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Nurturing Strong Beginnings

To build stronger and more equitable systems, the Boston Foundation is focused on all of the people and systems that contribute to a healthy childhood, from addressing racial disparities in health care and social supports for mothers and birthing people, to advancing high-quality education, to providing more and earlier mental and behavioral health care.

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Building Economic Opportunity

To build equitable pathways to success, we are focused on strengthening the education-to-career continuum—convening, coordinating and strengthening programs and organizations that engage and educate high school and postsecondary students, and investing in projects and partnerships that expand the model of job training, to helping adults re-enter the workforce.

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Advancing Community Wealth

Through affordable housing preservation, establishing and strengthening pathways to home ownership, helping to build and grow thriving cultural spaces, and fostering opportunities for Asian, Black, Indigenous, and Latino-owned small businesses to thrive, the Boston Foundation is focused on building stable, enriching and equitable communities across the region.

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Amplifying Community Leadership

The Boston Foundation is working to reknit the social fabric and make our communities whole, by providing movement leaders with beyond-the-grant support to amplify too-often unheard community voices, investing in community-led grantmaking, strengthening the safety net, and empowering nonprofit leaders to center equity and strengthen their organizations.

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Funding Opportunities and Nonprofit Resources

In addition to our pathways work, the Boston Foundation provides other resources to the broad spectrum of nonprofits in Greater Boston.


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Safety Net Grants

The Safety Net Grants program is designed to support social service organizations that respond to essential needs for marginalized communities and vulnerable residents in Greater Boston.

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Each year, the Boston Foundation devotes a portion of its discretionary grant-making resources to help support the fundraising events of nonprofits in the Greater Boston community.

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Nonprofit Update

The Nonprofit Infrastructure team (part of the Amplifying Community Leadership team) puts together the Nonprofit Update to connect nonprofit leaders with RFP and grant opportunities, important upcoming events and other news and insights for the nonprofit sector. Read the latest issue (May 2024) here, or subscribe below.

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Conference Space

As part of our partnership with nonprofits and civic leaders, the Boston Foundation provides free conference space for area nonprofits’ use. we welcome community organizations to reserve our conference space during our regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, subject to availability. Click the link below for more information.

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To continue to create meaningful and lasting change, it takes you by our side and equity at the center. Real, systemic and transformative progress happens through the collective power of all of us. Together we can make it matter.