With the promise of rapid economic growth in Greater Boston comes the potential for an even larger income equality gap. We are dedicated to helping close this gap and are forging active partnerships to do so.
The Boston Foundation has assembled a stellar advisory board, the Innovation Economy Leadership Council, to confer on strategy.
Pledge 1% Boston was featured in Inside Philanthropy: Taking the Pledge: Inside the Next Big Wave of Tech Philanthropy, March 1, 2017
We have partnered with Technology Underwriting Greater Good (TUGG) on Pledge 1% as well as on programming, outreach, grantee referrals and other areas of collaboration for the year ahead. This partnership embodies the Foundation’s commitment to cross-sector collaboration, and to engaging the next generation of philanthropists in our region.
Most importantly, the Boston Foundation has launched Pledge 1% Boston, part of a global movement of startups and other innovation economy players who are making support of their communities integral to what they do. A thousand companies in more than 30 cities have already pledged 1% to nonprofit causes and programs.
Aside from its being “the right thing to do,” these companies find that giving back is the smart thing to do for their businesses. It appeals to customers, of whom 87 percent believe corporations should support their communities. It appeals to potential talent, with more than 60 percent of Millennials citing a sense of purpose as key to their choice of workplace. Companies that integrate corporate citizenship into their businesses have 2.3 times the employee retention.
Now, the Boston Foundation brings this innovative initiative to our region. We encourage organizations to pledge a small portion of their future success today and have an enormous impact tomorrow. Individuals and companies may pledge 1% equity of their company for the benefit of Greater Boston—or anywhere in the country or the world.
If you are an entrepreneur, founder, investor or general supporter of connecting innovation economy stakeholders with local change, learn more and join us!
Pledge companies and individuals are in total control. You decide the causes and nonprofits you want to support based on your own company and employee interests. We will work with you to build a strategy, engage your employees and have fun in the process.
The Boston Foundation and its partners offer opportunities for you and your team to:
When a Pledge 1% Boston company has a liquidity or exit event, they’ll have a plan in place. According to global Pledge 1%, “A turnkey option is to create a Donor Advised Fund at a local community foundation, saving staff and annual auditing costs. Donor Advised Funds are a philanthropic vehicle that offers donors the chance to make an irrevocable charitable contribution, receive immediate tax recognition for the contribution, while grant-making to eligible 501 (c)(3) organizations throughout the life of the fund. Community foundations and other financial institutions can help companies create a donor advised fund. Local community foundations can also provide further insights into needs in the local community and connect companies to organizations doing effective work to solve some of society’s biggest problems.”
Meet with the Boston Foundation’s Pledge 1% team to activate your pledge and learn about opportunities to engage in our community, as much or as little as you would like. And spread the word!
The Innovation Economy Leadership Council is a group of community leaders in technology, life sciences, venture capital, venture philanthropy and other fields whose members are dedicated to helping the Boston Foundation build strong and lasting relationships with stakeholders in the innovation economy. They are instrumental to the success not only of Pledge 1% Boston, but to the Foundation’s overall strategy.
Kiki Mills Johnston
Laura Gassner Otting