Establishing a Donor Advised Fund at the Boston Foundation offers you maximal philanthropic flexibility. Assets you put in the fund are immediately tax deductible; then you can take your time to think through the grants you will make, as your fund is invested by our talented financial team. You may donate cash or complex assets of almost any type to your Donor Advised Fund, and give in any amount to nonprofits of your choice.Learn more
People seeking to donate to support the Boston Foundation can contribute to either of two funds, that each play an important role in supporting our work. The Permanent Fund for Boston, the Boston Foundation's endowment, has provided grantmaking and operational funds for the Foundation for more than a century. The Annual Campaign for Civic Leadership provides annual support for the research, convening and advocacy work at the heart of our mission. Individuals or organizations may contribute directly to these funds.
At the heart of everything the Boston Foundation has done over the last century is its endowment, the Permanent Fund for Boston. Established through bequests left by hundreds of forward-thinking Bostonians since 1917, it is now valued at some $1 billion. The Permanent Fund is endowed for generating funds in perpetuity;it fuels the work of the Foundation and provides the resources that have sparked positive change and enabled new ideas.Learn more
The Boston Foundation has become a major civic leader for our region—with crucial support from the Annual Campaign for Civic Leadership. The Campaign raises funds annually that allow the Foundation to sponsor research, host panels and engage across the community with donors, nonprofits, policy makers and thought leaders for real impact on issues critical to the economic competitiveness and civic health of Greater Boston.Learn more
In March 2020, The Boston Foundation launched the COVID-19 Response Fund to support the urgent needs of Greater Boston nonprofits whose operations in support of seniors, communities of color, immigrants and other vulnerable populations have been stressed by the outbreak. Since that time, the Foundation has also joined with other funders, donors and partners in the establishment and support of funds targeting specific needs and populations across Massachusetts. Follow the links to learn more and donate to these critical efforts.
In addition to the above, donors and committees have created a number of other funds supporting specific areas of focus or overarching needs that have been identified by residents and leaders as central to the vitality of the Greater Boston community. These funds also accept individual donations.
The words and work of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King continue to offer an example of thoughtful and courageous pursuit of a more just society. The King Boston Fund supports the development and creation of a multifaceted, permanent memorial to the Kings in Boston, where they spent formative years, to keep their inspiring legacy front and center.Learn more
The Business Equity Fund at the Boston Foundation is designed to address longstanding barriers to growth financing and technical assistance that have historically limited opportunity for entrepreneurs of color.Learn more
The first Latino-focused fund in Greater Boston is a unique partnership of Latino philanthropists and leaders, the Boston Foundation and Hispanics in Philanthropy. Its mission is to create and maintain a permanent endowment, and to contribute to our region’s civic vitality by supporting issues and organizations that advance the socioeconomic status of Latinos while enhancing the leadership capacity of the entire Latino community.Learn more
Established at the Boston Foundation in 2012, the Equality Fund is a permanent, committee-advised, Field of Interest Fund with two primary goals: making high-impact grants to nonprofits serving the diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community today; and building a permanent endowment that will benefit Greater Boston’s LGBTQ community forever.Learn more
The Free For All Concert Fund was established to ensure the permanent legacy of Charles Ansbacher's vision to enhance the lives of all Bostonians through the common language of music. The late conductor's passion lives in the fund's mission "to ensure that everyone from the Boston region—children, adults, families—will have regular and permanent access to the rich world of classical, orchestral music and related cultural events."Learn more
The Brother Thomas Fund was established at the Boston Foundation in 2007 to honor the legacy of Brother Thomas Bezanson, a Benedictine monk and world-renowned ceramic artist, who wanted the sale of his work to support “struggling artists.”Learn more
If you’re so moved, we welcome donations directly. If you’d like more information about partnering with the Foundation on your philanthropy, contact our Donor Services team.
You can make a donation by sending a check to:
The Boston Foundation
75 Arlington Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02116
Checks should be made out to the Boston Foundation with the name of the fund or initiative in the memo field.
For questions or to make a gift of publicly traded securities, cash wire or mutual funds, please contact the Fund Administration office at (617) 338-2213.
For non-traditional gifts such as real estate or privately-owned securities of LLC/LLP interests, please contact Kate Guedj, Senior Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer, at 617-338-2670.
Credit card donations can be made using Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express to any of the funds listed below. Contributions to a Donor Advised Fund, Designated Fund or other funds not listed below can be made using the General Form.