Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

The Boston Foundation

We bring people and resources together to solve Boston’s big problems.

aka TBF

Boston, MA

Mission

As Greater Boston's community foundation, the Boston Foundation devotes its resources to building and sustaining a vital, prosperous city and region, where justice and opportunity are extended to everyone. We fulfill 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 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 identified, and common agendas for the future are developed.

Ruling Year

1997

Principal Officer

Mr. Paul Grogan

Main Address

75 Arlington Street, 3rd Floor

Boston, MA 02116 USA

Keywords

community foundation, philanthropy, civic engagement, grantmaking, civic leadership, education, Boston

EIN

04-2104021

 Number

0918323936

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Community Foundations (T31)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Public Foundations (T30)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Donor Advised Funds

The Boston Foundation’s Civic Leadership Fund

Grantmaking and Special Initiatives

The Permanent Fund for Boston

The Philanthropic Initiative

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Financials

The Boston Foundation

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

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Race & Ethnicity

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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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