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The Boston Foundation

Innovation. Information. Impact.

four stars

96.35

75 Arlington Street 10th Floor
Boston, MA 02116
tel: (617) 338-2213   Web Site
EIN: 04-2104021

Board Leadership
Sandra Edgerley
Chair

CEO
Paul S. Grogan
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.35 four stars
  Financial 96.75 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Established in 1915, The Boston Foundation devotes its resources to building and sustaining a vital, prosperous city and region, where justice and opportunity are extended to everyone. We fulfill this mission in three principal ways: making grants to nonprofit organizations and designing special funding initiatives to address this community's critical challenges; working in partnership with donors and other funders to achieve high-impact philanthropy; serving as a civic hub and center of information, where ideas are shared, levers for change are identified, and common agendas for the future are developed. The Foundation and its donors make more than $80 million in grants every year.

Established in 1915, The Boston Foundation devotes its resources to building and sustaining a vital, prosperous city and region, where justice and opportunity are extended to everyone. We fulfill this mission in three principal ways: making grants to nonprofit organizations and designing special funding initiatives to address this community's critical challenges; working in partnership with donors and other funders to achieve high-impact philanthropy; serving as a civic hub and center of information, where ideas are shared, levers for change are identified, and common agendas for the future are developed. The Foundation and its donors make more than $80 million in grants every year.

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Financial

four stars

96.75

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 10/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
89.2%
  Administrative Expenses 9.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 5.98
  Program Expenses Growth 7.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Boston Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Boston Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Boston Foundation (MA) 96.35 four stars
The Winston-Salem Foundation (NC) 99.79 four stars
Akron Community Foundation (OH) 89.24 three stars
Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (VI) 89.50 three stars
Grand Rapids Community Foundation (MI) 86.87 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $186,570,229
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $78,100
   Related Organizations $3,504,000
   Government Grants $1,675,328
Total Contributions $191,827,657
   Program Service Revenue $2,560,122
Total Primary Revenue $194,387,779
   Other Revenue $11,431,365
TOTAL REVENUE $205,819,144
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $142,935,262
   Administrative Expenses $12,738,864
   Fundraising Expenses $2,274,408
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $157,948,534
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $47,870,610
   
Net Assets $1,083,452,538

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History
The Boston Foundation has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 10/01/2018 96.35 four stars
2016-06 12/22/2017 92.10 four stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 97.14 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 97.14 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 97.05 four stars
2013-06 12/22/2014 98.85 four stars
2012-06 10/01/2013 88.69 three stars
2011-06 09/01/2012 90.11 four stars
2010-06 11/01/2011 92.83 four stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 88.33 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/24/2010 89.50 three stars
2008-06 12/15/2009 97.67 four stars
2007-06 09/01/2008 99.67 four stars
2006-06 10/01/2007 99.30 four stars
2005-06 09/01/2006 95.45 four stars
2004-06 10/01/2005 88.35 three stars
2003-06 06/01/2004 96.13 four stars
2002-06 06/09/2003 92.19 four stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 96.73 four stars
2000-06 04/15/2002 99.33 four stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 04-2104021
Name in IRS Master File BOSTON FOUNDATION INC
NTEE Code T31
NTEE Classification Community Foundations
NTEE Type Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Grantmaking Foundations
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (600) Community Chest, United Way, etc.
(30) School, college, trade school, etc.
(602) Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date December, 1997
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$642,391 0.40% Paul S. Grogan President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Boston Foundation (MA) 96.35 four stars
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving (CT) 88.02 three stars
The Winston-Salem Foundation (NC) 99.79 four stars
Orange County Community Foundation (CA) 95.47 four stars
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (NH) 91.50 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Boston Foundation
75 Arlington Street
10th Floor
Boston, MA 02116
tel: (617) 338-2213
fax: (617) 338-1604
EIN: 04-2104021

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Board Leadership

Sandra Edgerley
Chair

CEO

Paul S. Grogan
President, CEO

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