The King Boston Fund

The King Boston Fund was established at the Boston Foundation with an inaugural gift of $1,000,000 from local entrepreneur Paul English, and a goal to at least triple that amount. The Fund will support the work of King Boston, a new nonprofit working closely with the City of Boston to bring a world-class, permanent installation commemorating Coretta Scott and Martin Luther King, Jr. to the city. The Kings spent formative years in Boston; they met here while she was a student at New England Conservatory and he was a doctoral student at Boston University and pastor at Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury.

MLK Boston Fund

In the spirit of the Kings’ community-mobilizing work, the planning and development process has been made especially inclusive. A request has gone out to artists for the design of the memorial. Public meetings across the city, to share the project and get valued input, began in September 2017 and continue.  (See kingboston.org for upcoming events.) 

Indeed, beyond a physical memorial, organizers hope to continue to host events and discussions to bring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s teachings to life.

The Boston Foundation’s Role

The Boston Foundation manages and invests the assets of the King Boston Fund as they are raised. The Foundation houses the office of King Boston and provides a fundraising platform for donations of all sizes. 

You may support the development of a memorial to the Kings in Boston by making a gift using a secure form at any time.

If you wish to make a gift of more than $10,000 or want to discuss legacy giving or gifts of a non-cash nature, please contact Emma Penick at the Boston Foundation.

In the News

Boston to Honor Martin Luther King Jr. With Memorial, NECN, January 16, 2018 

What Should An MLK Memorial In Boston Look Like?, WBUR, January 15, 2018

‘This City Really Needs This’: MLK Memorial Planned In Boston, CBS Boston, January 15, 2018

Where to put an MLK memorial in Boston?, The Boston Globe, January 14, 2018