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Boston Foundation Funds

From time to time the Boston Foundation, often in partnership with other funders, establishes a fund to address specific, pressing issues.

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Each of these funds plays an important role in 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, and include our long-standing endowment. Individuals or organizations may contribute directly to these funds.

The Permanent Fund for Boston and the Civic Leadership Fund pay for the Foundation’s discretionary grant making and operations.

Permanent Fund for Boston
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The Permanent Fund for Boston

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. 

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CLF
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The Civic Leadership Fund

The Boston Foundation has become a major civic leader for our region—with crucial support from the Civic Leadership Fund. The CLF 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.

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The following funds were established by the Foundation in partnership with donors or committees in pursuit of particular goals.

Free for All Concert Fund
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Free for All Fund at the Boston Foundation

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."

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Brother Thomas Fund
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Brother Thomas Fund

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.”

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Latino Legacy Fund
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The Latino Legacy Fund

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.

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Equality Fund
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The Equality Fund

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.

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The following funds have been created by donors at the Boston Foundation so that others who wish to support the fund’s purpose or honor the fund’s namesake could easily do so. These are (in alphabetical order):

Make a Gift

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.

Check

You can make a donation by sending a check to:
The Boston Foundation
Fund Administration
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.

Publicly traded securities

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.

Complex assets

For non-traditional gifts such as real estate, privately owned securities or LLC/LLP interests, please contact the Director of Development at (617) 338-1218.

Credit Card

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.

Connect with the Philanthropy Group at the Boston Foundation to learn more about our funds and other giving opportunities.