An Apartment by the Train: Where Boston Funders Want Affordable Housing

When a poor neighborhood isn’t close to good transit, residents face one more obstacle to moving upward in the world. A collaborative backed by several big funders in Boston is targeting this problem.
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How Summer Brings Together Boston’s Biggest Foundations, Corporations, and Philanthropists

With kids out of the classroom and violent crime rates on the rise, summertime is perhaps the most important time for urban grantmaking. My Summer in the City is an initiative in Boston that's attracting a growing number of funders.
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Seven Grants from TBF to Boost College Completion

A 2008 study found that while graduates of Boston Public Schools had some of the highest college enrollment rates in the country, a below-average 35.5 percent of those students earned a degree within seven years. Thus began a concerted effort to get that number up. The Boston Foundation just gave close to $1 million to seven groups as part of the initiative. 

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How Boston Funders Handled a Harsh Winter

Funders are involved in so many fancy schmancy initiatives nowadays, that it can be hard to remember the role that many play in helping human beings meet their most basic needs: food, shelter, warmth. But that role proved crucial in recent months as a brutal winter went on and on, with a number of foundations stepping up their giving for human needs.
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Meet the “No Strings Attached” Fellowship Recipients Who Got $15,000 from a Benedictine Monk

The Boston Foundation announced the winners of the 2013 Brother Thomas Fellowships, which are $15,000 “no strings attached” awards to support artists during critical points in their careers. The one thing that ties them (and Brother Thomas) together is their relationship to Boston.
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Inside the Boston Foundation's New $80,000 Charter School Prize

Given the dismal state of education in Boston these days, charter schools might be the best hope for the city's future. The Boston Foundation recently announced a partnership with individual philanthropist, Robert Pozen, which will provide a $80,000 annual award to Boston's best charter school.
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