In Boston, a Foundation Sees "Radical Trust" as a Key to Managing Public Places

In Boston, a Foundation Sees "Radical Trust" as a Key to Managing Public Places

Concerns about gentrification are fueling fraught debates over public places at a moment of rising private grantmaking for parks and other civic amenities. The Boston Foundation is looking to expand who’s heard in these conversations.

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Unmet Needs: How This Rhode Island Funder is Addressing Behavioral Health

Unmet Needs: How This Rhode Island Funder is Addressing Behavioral Health

More funders are stepping forward to address the growing mental health crisis in the U.S. Here we take a look at how a new behavioral health fund was formed in Rhode Island and how a community foundation is involved in moving millions in new grants.

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Feeling the Pride: The Boston Foundation Is Giving More Than Ever Before for LGBTQ Issues

Feeling the Pride: The Boston Foundation Is Giving More Than Ever Before for LGBTQ Issues

In recent years, we’ve seen an uptick in funding for LGBTQ causes by community foundations—a trend that reflects growing donor interest. The Boston Foundation is an example of a local grantmaker that’s been giving more in this space.

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In Worcester, Massachusetts, a Funder Is Giving Attention to Early Education

In Worcester, Massachusetts, a Funder Is Giving Attention to Early Education

Like many community foundations, the Greater Worcester Community Foundation has broad interests. But lately it has been particularly interested in the region’s very youngest residents, which is good news for early learning-focused groups.

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Four Things to Know About Citizens Bank’s New England Grantmaking

Four Things to Know About Citizens Bank’s New England Grantmaking

Citizens Financial Group is one of the largest financial institutions in the U.S., but its Citizens Charitable Foundation focuses on the New England region, especially Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Here are four things to know about its grantmaking.

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How a Project in Boston is Mixing Philanthropy and Investments to Reimagine Capitalism

How a Project in Boston is Mixing Philanthropy and Investments to Reimagine Capitalism

What would a new economy that works for everyone look like? And how do you create it? The Boston Ujima Project thinks it has some answers, building a place-based investment fund that is democratically controlled by community members .

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How the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Has Been Giving Lately

How the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Has Been Giving Lately

In late 2017, this funder decided that 100 percent of grants from its community grants program would go toward unrestricted purposes and that most of these grants would be for multi-year periods. It’s now putting that strategy into action.

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“Rise and Thrive.” What This State Fund is Doing to Fuel Women’s Success

“Rise and Thrive.” What This State Fund is Doing to Fuel Women’s Success

The Vermont Women’s Fund aims to help girls and women reach their full potential. Its priorities and recent grants echo women’s funding trends across the U.S., including a new effort to “draw men into the conversation about gender equity.”

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Understanding the Broad Approach of This Health Legacy Foundation in Massachusetts

Understanding the Broad Approach of This Health Legacy Foundation in Massachusetts

Increasingly, health legacy funders are looking at health in a broad way to respond to community needs that affect population well-being, but which may be a few steps removed from traditional health issues. A good example is the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts.

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Change is Inevitable: Funders Join Forces to Help Arts Organizations Prepare for “Shifts in the Cultural Sector”

Change is Inevitable: Funders Join Forces to Help Arts Organizations Prepare for “Shifts in the Cultural Sector”

With arts organizations increasingly buffeted by change, two Massachusetts foundations have rolled out a new $25 million initiative to help groups build the “adaptive capacity” they need to thrive in turbulent times.

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Key Linkages: A Foundation Works Across Sectors to Help Vulnerable Populations

Key Linkages: A Foundation Works Across Sectors to Help Vulnerable Populations

Helping low-income people make gains in health and other areas often requires that service providers work together more effectively. We look at how a funder in Massachusetts is upping its efforts to make that happen.

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