With crucial support from our Annual Campaign for Civic Leadership, we work with partners in the business and nonprofit communities, as well as numerous public officials, to have a real impact on issues that are critical to the economic competitiveness and civic health of Greater Boston. We consider this civic leadership—especially bringing together analysts, problem solvers and funders to understand and act on matters of local concern—to be core to our mission.
Each year, generous donors make this civic leadership work possible through their donations to the Annual Campaign for Civic Leadership. In 2022-2023, nearly 500 individuals, companies and organizations donated roughly $3 million to the Annual Campaign, supporting our research, convenings, advocacy and communications.
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On October 25, Boston Foundation President and CEO Lee Pelton sat down for a virtual conversation with American historian and journalist Jill Lepore as a special event honoring donors to TBF’s Annual Campaign for Civic Leadership. Using history as a way of discussing the “deep divide in our nation,” Pelton asked Lepore to place our current politics in the context of other times.
On April 27, the Boston Foundation was pleased to host an Annual Campaign for Civic Leadership special event: A Conversation on Leadership between President and CEO Lee Pelton and Boston Mayor Michelle Wu. The two spoke for an hour about the Mayor's first month in office and the leadership lessons they each have taken in during the course of their time in public service and civic leadership
Reports published since 2001, including well over 100 "Understanding Boston" series reports
Public forums held since 2001
People have attended forums since the series inception
Support for the Annual Campaign for Civic Leadership helps the Boston Foundation knit our grantmaking and research together with critical advocacy and policy work from our community and nonprofit partners, helping them drive real change in areas from the arts to education to housing and more. Below are just two examples of the work in action.
Recent reports and videos are listed below. You can access all of the Foundation’s reports and watch archived videos of forums at News + Insights.
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The Annual Campaign for Civic Leadership is a recipient of a $30 Million Grant Program grant from the Cummings Foundation.