The Annual Campaign for Civic Leadership

Our civic leadership model is built on collaboration and partnership with others to use our shared knowledge to advocate for bold, innovative systems change. Powered by donors like you.

Civic Leadership is more than what we do, it is the philosophy of how we do our work – humbly and in partnership with donors, nonprofit organizations, and leaders in communities throughout Greater Boston.

Our work reflects a unified vision and an unwavering focus on moving equity forward. It informs public policy, catalyzes conversations and advocates not only for change, but for the repair of the historical harms of inequity.

It is also impossible without the support of hundreds of individuals, companies and organizations whose gifts to the Annual Campaign for Civic Leadership enable us to be a hub of partnerships and networks that work with and answer to the communities we serve.

Donors give anywhere from $50 to more than $50,000 – but they share a passion for improving Greater Boston, and a commitment to improving lives and strengthening communities. We hope you will this community of donors – and read on to learn more about our Civic Leadership work.

“The Boston Foundation is a trusted and valued partner that we can always rely on to generate innovative ideas that make Massachusetts stronger and more equitable.”

— The Honorable Maura T. Healey
Governor of Massachusetts


Using our own in-house research center, Boston Indicators, and in partnership with other leading centers throughout the area, we work to provide vital research and data that shed light on systemic issues we face as a region.

Review our reports
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Each year, thousands of people attend in-person and online events through the Edgerley Center for Civic Leadership on key issues facing Greater Boston.

View past and upcoming events
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The Greater Boston Partnership to Close the Racial Wealth Gap is one of a long series of collaborations with donors, companies, nonprofits and others that connect critical needs to available resources.

Learn more about the Wealth Gap Partnership

Civic Leadership in Action

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Wage Equity Now

As convenor of the Wage Equity Now partnership, the Boston Foundation is playing a central role in advancing the Frances Perkins Workforce Equity Act, which will advance wage transparency and highlight pay and leadership gaps affecting women and people of color across industries.

Wage Equity Now
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Housing Access and Equity

Through a series of reports and advocacy efforts, the Boston Foundation has been a powerful advocate for expanding access to multifamily housing, and provided critical research on issues from zoning to rental and homeownership affordability throughout Greater Boston.

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As one of the nation’s first and most impactful community foundations, we have our finger on the pulse of change. We partner with donors, companies and nonprofit organizations to pursue philanthropy that is not only impactful, but values-aligned and fulfilling.