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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$20 Million Up for Grabs for Boston Area Nonprofits: What to Know About the Cummings Foundation

The Cummings Foundation announced that it will award $20 million in local grants this year to organizations based in and serving Boston and its northern suburbs. While the most recent grant deadline has passed, here's what you should know about this foundation looking ahead to the next cycle.
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Barr Foundation Gives Big To Reduce Dropout Rates in Boston Public Schools

To prevent student dropouts, the Barr Foundation is giving big to City Connects' efforts in Boston Public Schools. The foundation announced a $1.4 million three-year grant to City Connect, a student support program that sets students up with tailored sets of prevention, intervention, and enrichment services. Barr's grant will fund programs in 18 Boston Public Schools.
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School Equity Champion to Leave Barr Foundation

After about a year as director of education at the Barr Foundation, Wendy Puriefoy, longtime national and regional leader in public education reform and school equity, plans to leave the foundation in February. The announcement comes on the heels of another big change at Barr, the recent hiring of a new executive director.

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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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This Foundation Is One of the Best-Kept Secrets in Boston

The Aquidneck Foundation recently awarded a $100,000 unrestricted contribution for general operating support to Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Despite large gifts to major institutions around the city, this foundation keeps an incredibly low profile.

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This Wellness Center Got a Big Boost From the Richard & Susan Smith Family Foundation

The Bowdoin Street Health Center, which was founded in 1972 in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood, needs $3 million to build a wellness center. Along with a couple of other organizations, the Richard & Susan Smith Family Foundation is helping to chip away at this hefty price tag. The foundation recently awarded a $300,000 grant to Bowdoin’s wellness center campaign.

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Inside the Richard & Susan Smith Family Foundation Focus on Charter Schools

The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation awarded $800,000 to Roxbury Prep Charter Schools for building renovations. Unlike some other philanthropic foundations that are giving money to Boston Public Schools, The Smith Foundation is focusing on non-traditional schools that aim to close the achievement gaps in the city.

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