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.
We seek to build a creative culture that honors all voices and artistic expressions, and gives all Bostonians the opportunity to experience diverse art.
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.
We seek to ensure that all residents of Greater Boston have a safe, affordable and decent home in healthy, thriving neighborhoods.
We seek to give all residents access to family-sustaining careers and stimulate the growth of generational wealth within historically marginalized populations.
We seek to support, develop and recognize the nonprofit sector’s leaders and to build the sector’s leadership pipeline.Nonprofit Effectiveness Overview