The-Boston-Foundation-Philamplify

Why should this foundation be philamplified?

The Boston Foundation (TBF) once was a perceived leader among other large community foundations in the US for its policy of channeling resources to community-based organizations working to empower emerging leaders in Boston's communities of color and for policy change benefiting the lives of its many low income residents and neighborhoods. TBF seemingly has abandoned this approach in favor of promoting its own role as a "civic leader," most notably as the key policy and PR champion of charter school expansion not only in Boston but throughout Massachusetts. The TBF board, that once included representatives of community constituencies, now appears to be dominated by people from financial institutions and other successful economic sectors such as real estate.

This change of strategy may have strengthened the Foundation’s ability to attract funds from community elites but has left it with no apparent "equity" or social/economic justice framework for its grant making -- this in the city with the greatest income disparity of all US cities. Many Boston area organizations that once had an "open door" to engage with Foundation staff and board members about community needs and community-led solutions now find the door closed and dialogue impossible.

I would be glad to participate in preliminary research that would determine whether this view of the Foundation (which I also hold) is well-founded. If so, I think it would be a great service to the people of Boston for TBF to be "philamthropied." -- Guest

Foundation Type

Community Foundation

Location

Massachusetts

Overview/Mission Statement

According to its website, The Boston Foundation “devotes its resources to building and sustaining a vital, prosperous city and region, where justice and opportunity are extended to everyone.”

Website: http://www.tbf.org/

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