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Impact Areas 

Our work aims to encourage and nurture thriving people and vibrant places throughout our region.

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Discretionary grant making represents about 18 percent of the Foundation’s overall giving; the remainder is directed by our donors through established funds. Since 2009, the Boston Foundation has invested the bulk of its discretionary grant-making resources in partners and programs focused on five impact areas and two crosscutting strategies determined through intense discussion and evaluation, study and analysis of Greater Boston’s sharpest needs.

Our ongoing and strategic grant making is informed by research we have commissioned and other results of our civic leadership work. We remain responsive to community and nonprofit needs beyond our strategic focus areas through our application-driven Open Door Grants.

 For more details, explore our Nonprofits section of the website.

Arts and Culture
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Arts + Culture

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Education
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Education

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Middle Schoolers row at CRI
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Health + Wellness

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Neighborhoods
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Neighborhoods + Housing

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Jobs and economic development
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Jobs + Economic Development

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Grassroots
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Grassroots

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Nonprofit Effectiveness
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Nonprofit Effectiveness

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Increasing Philanthropic Resources
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Increasing Philanthropic Resources

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