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April 16, 2021
Boston Foundation President Paul Grogan to Retire
Paul Grogan
Paul Grogan
January 28, 2020 — The Boston Foundation, based in Boston, the largest community foundation in Massachusetts, today announced that Paul Grogan will step down as its president and chief executive officer after leading the organization for 18 years, during which time it launched and funded hundreds of nonprofit organizations.

The Boston Foundation (TBF) said it is launching a national search for Grogan’s successor and that Grogan will continue in his role until a successor is named.

“Paul has created a new vision of philanthropy, not just for the Boston Foundation, but for community foundations across the country,” said TBF board chair Sandra Edgerley. “His visionary model is seen as the blueprint for these organizations as they strive to leverage diverse talents and marshal private resources in service of the most vulnerable.

"Paul’s passion for bettering the community is unrivaled, and his power to bring leaders together to drive change is unquestioned. It’s been a true privilege to work alongside Paul and watch the Foundation’s transformation under his leadership.”

Said Grogan, "The decision to step down has been difficult, but I take this step knowing that I have achieved the goals I established for myself when I first took on the role of President and CEO. I believe that now is the time to pass the baton and focus my energies on new challenges.”

During Grogan's tenure, TBF assumed a higher profile as a convener of a wide range of community issues and public polices, bringing together nonprofit, government, and business leaders, as well as members of the general public.

Simultaneously, TBF assets doubled to $1.3 billion, and its grantmaking in partnership with its donors tripled to $150 million a year

“The Boston Foundation plays a very important role in our city, as a funder, source of crucial data and analysis, and catalyst for change," said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "Paul Grogan has been at the helm of this organization for many years, and has helped excel its prominence as an active partner in making Boston a better place for all. I thank him for all he’s done for the people of Boston, and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

TBF has continued to support many Greater Boston nonprofits, while supporting innovative ideas, including some of the region’s most transformative organizations, such as Social Finance, which mobilizes financial strategies to support innovation, the Boston Children’s Chorus, and workforce development innovators NECAT, Hack. Diversity, Resilient Coders and Year Up.

“The Boston Foundation took a chance by supporting a new nonprofit that didn’t have a long track record. It saw the potential in connecting young adults in need of opportunity with companies that need their talent,” said Gerald Chertavian, CEO of Year Up, a Boston-based national nonprofit that provides urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support to help them reach their potential. “That initial grant was great, but even more important was the stamp of approval.”

Harvard University President Larry Bacow said, “As a result of his superb leadership of The Boston Foundation, Paul strengthened countless nonprofit organizations throughout the city.”

During Grogan's tenure, TBF commissioned and published nearly 200 pieces of research, hosted hundreds of public forums, formed task forces and coalitions, and informed and influenced legislative solutions to spur action on urgent city challenges.

“The Boston Foundation’s research has continued to provide invaluable insights into areas such as housing affordability, educational attainment, and economic mobility that get at the heart of the issues facing every resident of Greater Boston, whether White, Black, Latino, or Asian, rich or poor, immigrant or native-born,” said Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, longtime CEO of Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, a Boston nonprofit that develops affordable housing, and a TBF board since 2017. “Paul’s willingness to invest in research as a key component of TBF’s work has brought key issues to light.”
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