We have so many exciting initiatives in the works at the Boston Foundation that will, hopefully, benefit the greater arts community in Boston in the coming weeks and months, not the least of which is our alliance with Futurecity, which we shared in this recent blog post.
But sometimes, as we work toward the future it can be easy (for you and us!) to forget our past. So periodically, we're going to share with you our "There at the Beginning" stories about the 100-plus Greater Boston organizations for whom the Boston Foundation was there at the start with seed money, logistical or operational support, or all of the above.
With arts work on the mind, we thought in this post we'd share a quick origin story for the American Repertory Theater, an organization we helped find its way out of the starting gates.
If you were to walk down the street and ask passers-by what foundations do, you’d likely variations on the response “They give away money.” We know we do much more, but we are proud of the $100 million the Boston Foundation gives away each year, through the Permanent Fund for Boston and hundreds of other funds.
But while the largest of our grants are often the ones that get headlines, sometimes the smaller ones really resonate.