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Boston Foundation

75 Arlington Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
United States

Mission

The foundation devotes its resources to building and sustaining a vital, prosperous city and region, where justice and opportunity are extended to everone. It fulfills this mission in three principal ways: making grants to nonprofit organizations and designing special funding initiatives to address the community’s critical challenges; working in partnership with our donors and other funders to achieve high-impact philanthropy; and serving as a civic hub and center of information, where ideas are shared, levers for change are identified, and common agendas for the future are developed.

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Most Meaningful Change

The foundation played a major role in pioneering education reform legislation that was signed by Governor Deval Patrick in early 2010, giving students across Massachusetts greatly expanded access to high-quality K-12 schools. We published several reports on public education that informed the legislation and created the Race to the Top Coalition, a consortium of business, civic and community leaders that played a central role in getting the legislation passed. As a result, Massachusetts attracted $250 million in Race to the Top federal funding, and 21 new charter schools have opened with seats for 8,000 more students.

1915 Year Founded
$896,216,000 Endowment Value
$98,000,000 Total Annual Grantmaking
Identifying Information
OrganizationBoston Foundation
Address 175 Arlington Street
Address 2Did not answer
City / TownBoston
State / RegionMassachusetts
ZIP / Postal Code02116
CountryUnited States
ContinentNorth America
Map Address (If Different)Did not answer
Map City / Town (If Different)Did not answer
Map State / Region (If Different)Did not answer
Map Zip / Postal Code (If Different)Did not answer
Map Country (If Different)Did not answer
Phone617-338-4775
Emailbah@tbf.org
Websitewww.tbf.org
Organization Leader (Name, Title)Paul S. Grogan, President
Primary Contact’s NameBarbara Hindley
Primary Contact’s PositionDirector of Publications and Marketing
Foundation at a Glance
Year Founded1915
Mission StatementThe foundation devotes its resources to building and sustaining a vital, prosperous city and region, where justice and opportunity are extended to everone. It fulfills this mission in three principal ways: making grants to nonprofit organizations and designing special funding initiatives to address the community’s critical challenges; working in partnership with our donors and other funders to achieve high-impact philanthropy; and serving as a civic hub and center of information, where ideas are shared, levers for change are identified, and common agendas for the future are developed.
Organization DescriptionCommunity Foundation
Other DescriptionDid not answer
Approximate Size of the Population Serviced4,500,000
Total Paid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)85
Total Unpaid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)Did not answer
Total Board Members21
Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)
Organization’s Total Income in Last Fiscal Year$208,000,000
Organization’s Gifts Income in Last Fiscal Year$130,482,000
Organization’s Total Expenditures in Last Fiscal Year$125,000,000
Organization’s Grantmaking Budget in Last Fiscal Year$98,000,000
Does Organization Have an EndowmentYes
Value of Endowment (or Financial Reserves) as of the End of Last Fiscal Year$896,216,000
Change in Financial Status Over Last Three YearsSignificant improvement
Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization
Community leadershipPlayed a slight role
Philanthropic giftsPlayed a centrally important role
Grassroots activismNo role
Inadequate government servicesPlayed an important role
Changes in the political environmentNo role
Changes in the economic environmentPlayed an important role
Government initiative fundingNo role
Foundation initiative fundingPlayed a centrally important role
Bilateral or multilateral initiative fundingPlayed a slight role
Favorable legal or fiscal policiesPlayed a centrally important role
Time Spent Working in Following Areas
NeighborhoodLots of time
LocallyLots of time
RegionallyFair amount of time
NationallyVery little time
InternationallyVery little time
Rate Importance of the Following Functions
GrantmakingCentrally important
Having local people as leaders in the organizationCentrally important
Seeking local donationsCentrally important
Having a gender balance in the organizationImportant but not central
Board reflective of community diversityCentrally important
Building an endowmentCentrally important
Serving donor needsCentrally important
Acting as a fiscal intermediary for the communityImportant but not central
Building inclusion and trust in the communityCentrally important
Pursuing equityCentrally important
Accountability to local peopleCentrally important
Raising money for grantmaking annuallyCentrally important
Community developmentCentrally important
In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas
Arts and cultureLot
EducationLot
EnvironmentLittle
HealthLot
Human and social servicesFair amount
Human rightsLittle
International relationsNot at all
ReligionNot at all
Economic developmentLot
Conflict resolution/bridging different parts of the communityFair amount
Information technologyLot
Strengthening local or regional governmentLot
HousingLot
ChildrenLot
WaterNot at all
Alternative energyLittle
Disaster reliefFair amount
Advocacy with authoritiesLot
Job trainingLot
Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years
Convening for issues of local concernOften
Promote collaboration between granteesOften
Promote understanding of public policyOften
Training/capacity-building for local organizationsDid not answer
AdvocacyOften
Loaned staffOccasionally
ResearchOften
Community needs assessmentOften
Leadership developmentOccasionally
InternshipsOccasionally
Providing space for local organizationsOften
Access to information technologyOften
Publishing/knowledge sharingOften
Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served
PovertyGetting worse
CrimeGetting better
Trust among different sections of the communityNo change
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesGetting much worse
Social position of marginalized groupsGetting worse
Responsiveness of authoritiesNo change
Appropriateness of public policiesGetting better
Value of community assetsNo change
Quality of the environmentNo change
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityGetting better
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsGetting better
Networks and links between different parts of the communityGetting better
Gender equityNo change
Charitable giving through the community foundationGetting better
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingNo change
Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years
PovertySome important achievements
CrimeSome important achievements
Trust among different sections of the communitySome important achievements
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesA few small achievements
Social position of marginalized groupsSome important achievements
Responsiveness of authoritiesSome important achievements
Appropriateness of public policiesMuch achievement
Value of community assetsA few small achievements
Quality of the environmentSome important achievements
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communitySome important achievements
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsSome important achievements
Networks and links between different parts of the communitySome important achievements
Gender equityA few small achievements
Charitable giving through the community foundationMuch achievement
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingSome important achievements
Active Partnerships
Formal community associations and groupsLittle
Informal associations of citizensLittle
Non-governmental organizationsLittle
Local governmentLittle
National governmentNot at all
UniversitiesLittle
SchoolsLittle
BusinessesLittle
Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work
National association of grantmakersHelpful
Regional association of grantmakersNeither helpful or unhelpful
Global Fund for Community FoundationsUnhelpful
Particular foundationVery helpful
Other organizationVery helpful
Involvement of Local People
Regularly survey local people about our programsYes
Local people are engaged in the delivery of our workYes
Local people control what our organization doesYes
Have local people represented on our boardYes
Have regular sessions where local people advise us what our programs should doYes
Actively engage local people as volunteersYes
All of our board is composed of local peopleYes
Account to local people about our successes and failures each yearYes
Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further
Increased fundingVery important
Better legal or fiscal environmentVery important
More volunteersNeither important nor unimportant
Access to advice or technical assistanceImportant
Better local culture of givingVery important
Stronger civil societyVery important
More responsive authoritiesVery important
OtherDid not answer
Most Meaningful Change
Most Meaningful Change that Organization Has Helped to Bring About in the Last Three YearsThe foundation played a major role in pioneering education reform legislation that was signed by Governor Deval Patrick in early 2010, giving students across Massachusetts greatly expanded access to high-quality K-12 schools. We published several reports on public education that informed the legislation and created the Race to the Top Coalition, a consortium of business, civic and community leaders that played a central role in getting the legislation passed. As a result, Massachusetts attracted $250 million in Race to the Top federal funding, and 21 new charter schools have opened with seats for 8,000 more students.
 

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Identifying Information

Foundation at a Glance

Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)

Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization

Time Spent Working in Following Areas

Rate Importance of the Following Functions

In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas

Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years

Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served

Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years

Active Partnerships

Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work

Involvement of Local People

Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further

Most Meaningful Change

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