There at the Beginning

Providing critical seed capital to innovative ideas and organizations.

The Boston Foundation’s endowment, the Permanent Fund for Boston, has provided the resources for the numerous times the Boston Foundation has been “there at the beginning,” providing seed capital and early grants to new nonprofits, ideas and innovations in all areas of community life.  In some cases, the Boston Foundation helped to launch these endeavors and provided key leadership.

There at the Beginning Organizations

ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development)

The Achievement Network

American Repertory Theatre

Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston

Arts Boston

The Base

BATEC Center for IT, UMass Boston

BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life)

Bessie Tart Wilson Foundation

Bornstein & Pearl Food Production Center

Boston After School & Beyond

Boston AIDS Consortium

Boston Arts Academy

Boston Center for the Arts

Boston Children’s Chorus

Boston Community Capital

The Boston Compact

Boston GreenSpace Alliance

Boston Harbor Cleanup

Boston Indicators Project

Boston Landmarks Orchestra

Boston Nature Center

Boston Opportunity Agenda


Boston Schoolyard Initiative


Boston TenPoint Coalition

Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston (Including Girls in 1973)

Breakthrough Greater Boston

Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Brigham & Women’s Hospital

The Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

Center for Teen Empowerment

Charles River Conservancy

Citizen Schools

Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA)

City Year (Now international)

Coalition FOR Community Colleges

Commonwealth Compact

Commonwealth Housing Task Force

CommonWealth Kitchen

Commonwealth Seminar

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company

Commonwealth Summit

Community Music Center of Boston

The Community Builders

Community Health Centers (Brighton Allston, Chelsea, East Boston, North End, Revere, Somerville, Uphams Corner)


English for New Bostonians

Fairmount/Indigo Line CDC

Family Independence Initiative (Boston)

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Carol R. Goldberg Seminars

The Greater Boston Food Bank

Greater Boston Interfaith Organization

GreenLight Fund

Health Care for All

Health Leads (Now National)

Healthy People/Healthy Economy Coalition

Home Funders

Hyde Square Task Force


Initiative for a Competitive Inner City

Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership

Jackson Square Redevelopment Initiative, Urban Edge

LaWare Leadership Forum

Life Sciences Collaborative

LISC Boston


Mass in Motion

Massachusetts Advocates for Children

Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance

Massachusetts Association of CDCs

Massachusetts Charter Public School Association

Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund

Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance

Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers

Massachusetts Life Sciences Collaborative

Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership


More Than Words, Boston

Mothers for Justice and Equality

Neighborhood Development Support Collaborative

Neighborhood Stabilization Loan Fund

New England Aquarium

New England Center for Arts & Technology

Partners for Youth with Disabilities

The Partnership, Inc.

Pilot Schools (Boston Public Schools)

Playworks Massachusetts

Race to the Top Coalition

Reach Out and Read (Now national)

Roxbury MultiService Center


Save the Harbor/Save the Bay


Smarter in the City

Social Finance, Inc.

South Cove Manor

Strategies for Children

StreetSafe Boston

Success Boston

Teach Plus

TechBoston Academy

Tufts Medical Center


United South End Settlements

United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley

UP Education Network

Urban Edge

The Urbano Project

Victory Programs



Year Up (Now national)

Young Audiences Massachusetts

YouthBuild Boston