Comics Come Home raises money for cancer care

Celebrating its 21st year, the annual comedy fundraiser Comics Come Home raised $1.3 million for The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care, which was launched in 1995 by Cam Neely after the passing of his parents, Marlene and Michael Neely ...

Randolph teacher selected for national prize

When a representative of the Milken Family Foundation announced that a teacher from Randolph High would receive an award, Michelle Ryan had no idea it would be her.

Harnessing creative energy

Nearly 20 years ago, Gwendolyn McCoy started Make Scents Floral Design to harness some of her creative energy, but the side business has continued to grow into something more. Now, the life-long Dorchester resident not only continues with her floral ...

New investment in training for well-paid jobs

The city, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and The Boston Foundation announced an alliance — and a joint commitment of $1.2 million —to bring workforce development to the neighborhoods needing it most. Funds will go to supporting programs that provide entry-level ...

Activists troubled by anti-Muslim backlash

In the Boston area, the flare-up of anti-Muslim and anti-refugee sentiment has prompted action from local human rights activists. On Friday, hundreds rallied outside the Massachusetts State House, protesting Governor Charlie Baker’s statement that Massachusetts would not accept Syrian refugees.

New policies needed to fight growing income inequality

In an opportunity forum on inequality and income class mobility in the city, The Boston Foundation examined the causes behind the dramatic income divide. Speakers said equity gaps are influenced by factors outside individual control and that new policy is ...

Foundations seeking solutions to high cost of new affordable housing

A Boston-based private funder collaborative has launched a competition for innovative strategies to increase the supply of permanent affordable housing for the lowest-income Massachusetts families. In the competition, announced at the Massachusetts State House Nov. 19, Home Funders plans to ...

Two sides, two strategies in charter cap fight

Both sides of the charter cap debate are gearing up for a vote in the House and Senate and a statewide ballot on the issue. Supporters of lifting the cap appear to be outspending their opposition and getting their message ...

BPD promotion test ruled biased against minorities

A federal judge ruled last week the exam used by the Boston Police Department in 2008 to determine promotions of sergeants to lieutenant was biased against blacks and Latinos and unable to accurately predict success in the new position.

Margaret Hogan

Boston Senior Home Care announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Margaret Hogan as chief executive officer.

Charter school rally

Several hundred charter school students, administrators and parents rallied in front of the State House yesterday to lobby the state Senate to approve Gov. Charlie Baker’s plan to lift the cap limiting the number of charter school seats in Massachusetts.

Yale, Missouri outcry yields action on racism

Longstanding complaints of racism at University of Missouri’s Columbia campus came to national attention earlier this month as a variety of protests, including a graduate student’s hunger strike and a strike by the football team, led to the university president’s ...

African descendants gather in Scotland to discuss reparations

Scholars, representatives of nonprofits and activists from throughout the African diaspora gathered at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland earlier this month to discuss the growing movement to secure reparations from the nations that participated in and profited from the ...

Vote for next president exposes rift in council

The results of the Nov. 3 municipal election revealed a profound shift in Boston with two women of color — Ayanna Pressley and Michelle Wu — winning the majority of the votes in the city and a longstanding councilor – ...

Immigrants help grow Massachusetts economy

Speaking at the Engaging Immigrant Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners Forum, held on Nov. 13 at Bunker Hill Community College, Massachusetts Assistant Secretary of Business Development Nam Pham pledged the state’s support to the immigrant business community. His words echoed ...