Civic Leadership

The Boston Foundation is a major civic leader for Greater Boston and our region.

Our civic leadership formula is an iterative cycle engaging all members of the community: It loops through cutting edge research, major forums and convenings, strategic and proactive grant making, task forces and coalitions, communications and media, and deep public policy work. This process has influenced issues critical to the economic competitiveness of the Commonwealth.

"The Boston Foundation generates critical data and hosts important conversations that are helping to build a more equitable and vibrant Commonwealth."

- Stan Rosenberg, President, Massachusetts Senate

$600 M

Government dollars leveraged and saved through Civic Leadership public policy work 

Supported by the Civic Leadership Fund, through our Understanding Boston series and other collaborations we identify challenges facing our city and region, commission fresh research and share information through a series of popular forums attended by thousands of people every year. See the impact.

Download a PDF of the Civic Leadership Fund brochure.


reports published since 2001, including 94 Understanding Boston reports


public Understanding Boston forums held since 2001


people attending Understanding Boston forums since 2001

The Boston Foundation also sponsors Boston Indicators, which provides a comprehensive, constantly-updated body of information about key aspects of life in Greater Boston through groundbreaking reports and a dynamic website.

In fiscal year 2017, the Boston Foundation released some of the most influential reports in its 15 years of civic leadership, each discussed at forums attended by hundreds of stakeholders and engaged citizens and many broadening their reach with extensive media coverage.

You can access all of the Foundation’s reports online and watch archived videos of forums at News + Insights. We invite you to join us for upcoming events and forums.