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.
It might be an ambitious goal, but the Boston Foundation is poised to reach it. By 2017, the foundation wants to double college completion rates for Boston Public Schools graduates from 35% to 70%.
The Boston Foundation has a new Vice President for Programs. And its consulting arm, the Philanthropic Initiative, has a new managing partner. Both are important people to know if you're fundraising for a nonprofit in the city.