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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. 

$ 1.1 B

assets under management 

 

"We think Boston is a truly great city, and it is the people who have invested in the Permanent Fund for Boston before us who have helped to make it great."

—Sandra + Paul Edgerley

Hundreds of forward-thinking Bostonians since 1917 have made bequests and gifts to this essential fund. It fuels all of the Foundation’s work and provides the resources that have sparked positive change and enabled new ideas.

The list of iconic institutions that have received seed funding from the Foundation over the years is astounding. (See the full list of “There at the Beginning” organizations.) In addition, the Foundation offered early funds for most of the city’s neighborhood health centers and community development corporations. It also played a major role in the cleanup of Boston Harbor, helping to transform it from one of the filthiest bodies of water in the world to one of the cleanest urban harbors in America.

No one knows what the challenges of the coming century will be, but we do know that the Boston Foundation will be there—and all of its work will be underwritten by the Permanent Fund for Boston.

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Contact Director of Estate and Gift Planning Emma Penick to learn more about the Permanent Fund for Boston.

Ways to Participate

We invite you to explore the many ways you can support the Permanent Fund for Boston.

  • Include a bequest to the Boston Foundation in your will or trust;
  • Designate the Boston Foundation as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, life insurance, charitable remainder trust or charitable lead trust;
  • Name the Boston Foundation as a successor beneficiary of your Donor Advised Fund or private foundation.
  • For information about more creative ways you can give to the Permanent Fund for Boston—through stocks, retirement funds and complex assets—please contact the Senior Director of Leadership Giving at 617-338-3910. 

Centennial Society

The following donors have confirmed legacy commitments in excess of $1 million to the Permanent Fund for Boston to benefit the Greater Boston community.

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Diane DeSerras Arenella
James Becker & Randal D. Rucker
Rick & Nonnie Burnes
Belden & Pamela Daniels
Richard & Marcia DeWolfe
Michael & Barbara Eisenson
Grace & Edward Fey
Atsuko & Larry Fish
Peni Garber
Brian Hyde
Jane Wegscheider Hyman
Marcia & Louis Kamentsky
Bill Nigreen & Kathleen McDermott
Sam Plimpton & Wendy Shattuck
Joseph G. Prone Foundation
Sandra Stark

Longley Legacy Society

The following donors have confirmed legacy commitments up to $1 million to the Permanent Fund for Boston to benefit the Greater Boston community.

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David Arnold, Jr. & Dorothy Arnold
James & Hanna Bartlett
Barry Bluestone & Mary Ellen Colten
Lewis and Constance Counts
Ellen Epstein
Paul S. Grogan
Kate Guedj
Dean Hara
Ann Higgins
Helen M. Jones
Jonathan & Judy Keyes
Anne F. Kilguss
Carol F. Levin
Barbara Markell
Herbert Morse
Katherine Nash
Beatrice & Peter Nessen
Nathaniel Pulsifer
Gary & Natalie Robinson
Anthony Mitchell Sammarco
Jennifer P. & Daniel I. Sherman
Charles E. & Deana M. Shirley
Charles Walsh
Hungwah Yu & David J. Elliott
Ann & Hans Ziegler