Civic Leadership

The Annual Campaign for Civic Leadership supports our work with many 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.


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 2018-2019, more than 500 individuals, companies and organizations donated to the Fund, supporting our research, convenings and communications, informing our grantmaking, and helping us better utilize the Permanent Fund for Boston to provide funds, meeting space, and other resources to Greater Boston nonprofits.

  The 2019-2020 Campaign

Meet the Campaign Co-Chairs

For the first time in the history of the Annual Campaign for Civic Leadership, two couples are leading the Campaign together. TBF Board member Dwight Poler and his wife, Kirsten, are joined by Phill Gross of Adage Capital and Liz Gross, associate professor at Tufts University. Read the announcement.

The Boston Foundation: A Center for Civic Leadership

153

Reports published since 2001, including nearly 100 "Understanding Boston" series reports

213

Public Understanding Boston forums held since 2001

49,000

People have attended Understanding Boston forums since the series inception

Criminal Justice forum 2016
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Civic Leadership in Action: Criminal Justice Reform

The Annual Campaign for Civic Leadership has supported more than a decade of research, advocacy and policy work that has driven significant changes in the Massachusetts criminal justice system, including CORI Reform and improved equity and justice in sentencing.

Learn more about the work

"The Boston Foundation's clear and focused civic leadership is more important than ever to solving our local and regional challenges."

- Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy III

  From TBF News: Summer 2019

The Annual Campaign for Civic Leadership Receives Record Support

Thanks to gifts from more than 500 donors, including a record 50 corporate donors, the Boston Foundation’s 2018-2019 Campaign for Civic Leadership exceeded its goal, reaching more than $3 million. The campaign supports the Foundation’s role as a center for research, a community hub where thousands of people come together every year to learn from each other and drive real change—and a promoter of public policy. Donors to the campaign are thanked every fall in a full-page ad in the Boston Globe. The 2019-2020 campaign will continue to support this important work.

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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.

Recent reports on economic mobility, the status of the state's LGBTQ community and explorations of Latinos and millennials in Greater Boston have received extensive coverage and informed the discussion of critical issues.

"Changing the Game"

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President Paul Grogan explores the development of our civic leadership approach in the book, "Changing the Game"
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Sasha Zuflacht

Contact Manager of the Annual Campaign Sasha Zuflacht to learn more about the Campaign

Boston Foundation research, reports and forums

In fiscal year 2019, the Boston Foundation released some of the most influential reports in nearly two decades of civic leadership, presented at Understanding Boston forums, covered widely in local media and read and referenced by civic leaders across the state.

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.

We invite you to join us for upcoming events and forums.


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 The Annual Campaign for Civic Leadership is a recipient of a $100k for 100 grant from the Cummings Foundation.