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Orlando Watkins

Orlando Watkins, Vice President for Programs

The Program Department is committed to making a profound and measurable impact in the Greater Boston community as exhibited in our grant making through the department’s five impact areas, two crosscutting strategies and the Open Door Grants program. We recognize that our aspirations cannot be realized without donning a racial equity lens and valuing all lived experiences in the allocation of our time and resources. I am thrilled to work with the Boston Foundation's passionate and talented team—and our community partners—to make a difference. 
Nonprofit Effectiveness
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Funding Opportunities

We support local organizations via discretionary grant making in our five focus areas, two crosscutting strategies and Open Door Grants program.

Funding Opportunities Overview
Arts and Culture
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Arts + Culture

We seek to build a creative culture that honors all voices and artistic expressions, and gives all Bostonians the opportunity to experience diverse art.

Arts Strategy Overview
Education
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Education

We seek to ensure that all Greater Boston residents can access the education and training they will need to succeed in our regional economy.

Education Strategy Overview
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Health + Wellness

We seek to promote and advance health equity, where everyone has the opportunity to attain their best health regardless of their identity or socioeconomic status.

Health Strategy Overview
Neighborhoods
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Neighborhoods + Housing

We seek to ensure that all residents of Greater Boston have a safe, affordable and decent home in healthy, thriving neighborhoods.

Neighborhoods and Housing Overview
Jobs and economic development
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Jobs + Economic Development

We seek to give all residents access to family-sustaining careers and stimulate the growth of generational wealth within historically marginalized populations. 

Jobs and Economic Development Overview
Nonprofit Effectiveness
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Nonprofit Effectiveness

We seek to support, develop and recognize the nonprofit sector’s leaders and to build the sector’s leadership pipeline.

Nonprofit Effectiveness Overview
Grassroots
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Grassroots

Through programs and grant making, we aim to activate leaders, seed ideas and deepen connections—all at the grassroots level.

Grassroots Strategy Overview
New homeowner stands at apartment door, thanks to open door grant
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Open Door Grants

To complement our program area–targeted approach, the Boston Foundation distributes a portion of its resources via its Open Door Grants program, which responds to expressed opportunities and needs in the communities we serve.

Open Door Grant Guidelines
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Conference Space

We provide free conference space for area nonprofits’ use.  A slideshow of the rooms explains the capacities of available rooms and the use policy.

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Who We Are neighborhood
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Meet Our Grantees

For a glimpse of the breadth and scope of work our grantees are doing, read about some of the programs and organizations we've supported over the years.

Meet Our Grantees

Past Grants

FY19       FY18       FY17       FY16       FY15       FY14

Impact Area Leadership Team

Jennifer Aronson
Jennifer Aronson, Associate Vice President for Programs
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Elizabeth Pauley
Elizabeth Pauley, Associate Vice President, Education to Career
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Allyson Esposito
Allyson Esposito, Senior Director, Arts and Culture
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Natanja Craig
Natanja Craig, Senior Director, Grassroots Programs
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Nineequa Blanding
Nineequa Blanding, Director, Health and Wellness
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Soni Gupta
Soni Gupta, Director, Neighborhoods and Housing
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