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What We Do

In partnership with our donors, we support nonprofit organizations and act as a convener and civic leader.

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Grant Maker. Partner with Donors. Civic Leader.

Every day, the Boston Foundation works closely with nonprofit organizations, philanthropists, civic and business leaders and public officials to build a Greater Boston that works for everyone.

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Partnering with Donors

Core to our mission is to help individuals, families and businesses pursue effective and fulfilling philanthropy. We engage personally to share our deep knowledge of the region and of the logistics of giving, as well as opportunities to learn about Boston-area nonprofits and to join a community of donors.

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Partnering with Professional Advisors

We partner closely with professional advisors to help their clients achieve their charitable goals. We share our local and philanthropic expertise and facilitate networking and educational opportunities for our advisor community.

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Innovation Economy Philanthropy
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Partnering with Corporations

Through customized planning, our partnership with Pledge 1% Boston and our affiliation with The Philanthropic Initiative, we help corporate donors navigate the philanthropic space in Boston and beyond.

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Nonprofits
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Partnering with Nonprofits

Beyond our proactive grant making to nonprofits in strategic focus areas and our responsive grants of approximately $2 million annually to Open Door applicants, we support nonprofits with networking opportunities, introductions to donors, public events and workshops, as well as free use of our office space for meetings.

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How We Achieve Impact

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Civic Leadership

By connecting researchers and experts, community organizers, influencers and policy makers, along with grassroots efforts, the Foundation furthers the cause of a thriving region where justice and opportunity are extended to everyone.

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Impact Areas

Since 2009, the Boston Foundation has focused its discretionary grant-making resources on partners and programs in five strategic impact areas and two crosscutting strategies to tackle major issues facing Greater Boston’s people and places.

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Brother Thomas Fund
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Donor Impact

Over the last century Boston Foundation donors have helped us maintain essential programs and provide seed funding to more than 100 nonprofits and new ideas as we have disbursed more than $1.6 billion in all manner of community support. Truly, donors are the lifeblood of the Foundation. Their influence in Boston is sometimes in full view but often behind the scenes (even anonymous). They've rallied with us to clean up Boston Harbor, to reduce gang violence, to improve the community college system and to supply food and fuel in the coldest months, to name a few. Through their giving, they show faith in the potential of all who live in Boston.

Special Funds and Initiatives

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Boston Foundation Funds

The Boston Foundation has established several special funds—often in partnership with other organizations or donors—that support specific areas of focus or need identified by Greater Boston residents and leaders as central to the vitality of the community.

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Initiatives Success Boston
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Special Initiatives

In concert with government, business or other partners, the Boston Foundation supports and raises resources for ambitious special initiatives aimed at solving Greater Boston’s most serious and demanding challenges, frequently over a multi-year period.

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