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Boston Racial Equity Fund

The fund coordinates and streamlines the collective desire of those looking to contribute to the cause of racial justice and equity in Boston

Questions about the fund? Contact:

Press inquiries

For press inquiries, please contact our Press Office at press.office@boston.gov or 617-635-4461.

About the fund

Background

The Boston Racial Equity Fund was created in June 2020. The Fund's goal is to increase the safety, wellbeing, equity, and prosperity of the Black and Brown community. We want to advance racial equity. At the same time, we want to dismantle systemic racism in Boston and its enduring effects. The Fund will work to coordinate and amplify philanthropic interest. Our initial goal is to raise $10 million, ultimately getting it up to $50 million.

The Fund is staffed and coordinated by the newly-established Equity and Inclusion cabinet. This is under the leadership of Chief of Equity Dr. Karilyn Crockett. The cabinet works across departments to embed equity into all City work. The cabinet is made up of these existing departments and agencies:

The Fund will initially exist as a program within the Boston Charitable Trust. The Trust is an existing 501(c)(3) designated trust fund managed by the City of Boston's Treasury Department. If you have questions for Treasury, you can call 617-635-4140 or email treasury@boston.gov.

Steering committee

The 16-member group consists of Boston leaders in education, philanthropy, the business sector, health, and the overall civic life of the City.

Committee members
  • Lee Pelton, (Chair) Emerson College
  • Beth Chandler, YW Boston
  • Denella Clark, Boston Arts Academy Foundation
  • Dr. Thea L. James, BMC
  • Eric Esteves, The Lenny Zakim Fund
  • Fatima Ali-Salaam, Greater Mattapan Neighborhood Council
  • Karla Nicholson, Haymarket People's Fund
  • Klare Shaw. Liberty Mutual Foundation
  • Linda Dorcena Forry, Suffolk Construction
  • Lori Smith-Britton, Community Resource Consulting, Inc.
  • Mo Cowan, GE
  • Pam Everhart, Fidelity Investments
  • Penn Loh, Hyams Foundation
  • Steve Tompkins, Suffolk County Sheriff
  • Thelma Burns, Community Advocate, formerly ABCD
  • Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA)

How to donate

ONLINE

Donations may be made online using e-check or credit card. Please note: Payments made by debit or credit card are assessed a nonrefundable service fee of 2.75% of the total payment amount ($1 minimum). For more information, please call 617-635-4000.

Donate online

BY CHECK

Make your check payable to "Boston Racial Equity Fund" with "Boston Charitable Trust" in the memo field. You can mail it to:

City of Boston Treasury Department
1 City Hall Square, Room M-5
Boston, MA 02201

For additional instructions and options for donating, please contact the Treasury Department at 617-635-4140.

DONOR ADVISED FUNDS

Want to donate through a Donor Advised Fund? Search for "Boston Charitable Trust Fund" with a notation to direct your gift to the "Boston Racial Equity Fund”.

Common questions

Common questions
The Steering Committee will share more information about the funding process for the Racial Equity Fund in the coming weeks. Want to stay updated on the fund? Please fill out this contact form to receive an email with announcements and funding opportunities. We will also publish updates on this page on a regular basis.

The Boston Racial Equity Fund intends to use the fund to coordinate and streamline the collective desire by the people and organizations of Boston who are looking to contribute to the cause of racial justice and equity in the City of Boston. Further, the City is obligated to ensure that all expenditures are for allowable purposes under the IRS code.

We appreciate that donors may have specific areas of concern. The fund prefers that specific purposes not be designated. We cannot guarantee that specific donations can be applied to specific purposes.

The Boston Racial Equity Fund will be limited to organizations supporting communities, families, and individuals in the City of Boston.

As with all City transactions, whether online or in person, the use of credit and debit cards are subject to a 2.75% processing fee. This is not a charge retained by the City. It's directly remitted to the payment processor.

Please note:
No charge will be incurred when using an e-check through the online payment process, or when mailing a donation via check.