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Impact Areas 

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

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

We seek to build a creative culture that honors all voices and artistic expressions, and gives all Bostonians the opportunity to experience diverse art.

Arts Strategy Overview
Education
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Education

We seek to ensure that all Greater Boston residents can access the education and training they will need to succeed in our regional economy.

Education Strategy Overview
Middle Schoolers row at CRI
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Health + Wellness

We seek to promote and advance health equity, where everyone has the opportunity to attain their best health regardless of their identity or socioeconomic status.

Health Strategy Overview
Neighborhoods
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Neighborhoods + Housing

We seek to ensure that all residents of Greater Boston have a safe, affordable and decent home in healthy, thriving neighborhoods.

Neighborhoods and Housing Overview
Jobs and economic development
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Jobs + Economic Development

We seek to give all residents access to family-sustaining careers and stimulate the growth of generational wealth within historically marginalized populations. 

Jobs and Economic Development Overview
Grassroots
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Grassroots

Through programs and grant making, we aim to activate leaders, seed ideas and deepen connections—all at the grassroots level.

Grassroots Strategy Overview
Nonprofit Effectiveness
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Nonprofit Effectiveness

We seek to support, develop and recognize the nonprofit sector’s leaders and to build the sector’s leadership pipeline.

Nonprofit Effectiveness Overview
Increasing Philanthropic Resources
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Increasing Philanthropic Resources

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