Civic Leadership Fund

With crucial support from our annual campaign for the Civic Leadership Fund, we 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. 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.

In 2017-2018, more than 400 individuals, companies and organizations donated to the Civic Leadership Fund, supporting our research, convenings and communications, informing our grantmaking, and helping us provide more funds and other resources to Greater Boston nonprofits.


Our Civic Leadership Formula

  • Cutting Edge Research
  • Major Forums and Convenings
  • Strategic, Proactive Grant Making
  • Task Forces and Coalitions
  • Communications and Media
  • Deep Public Policy Work
  • Advancing Legislative Solutions



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2018-2019 Civic Leadership Campaign Kickoff

The Boston Foundation kicked off its 2018-2019 campaign to raise money for the Civic Leadership Fund on October 16, with a luncheon for donors featuring Lawrence Bacow (left), the new President of Harvard University. More than a hundred donors enjoyed a conversation between Paul S. Grogan, President of the Boston Foundation (right), and President Bacow, and heard from TBF Board Vice Chair Linda Mason (2nd from left) and CLF Campaign Co-Chair Jill Shah (3rd from left).

Thomas Bentley

Contact Leadership Giving Officer Thomas Bentley to learn more about the Civic Leadership Fund.

Boston Foundation research, reports and forums

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.

In fiscal year 2017, the Boston Foundation released some of the most influential reports in its 15 years of civic leadership, each discussed at forums attended by hundreds of stakeholders and engaged citizens and many broadening their reach with extensive media coverage.

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.

Download a PDF of the Civic Leadership Fund brochure.