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Help us build a better Boston


The Foundation’s vision is to build a better Boston by engaging communities, inspiring vision, and provoking positive change. The foundation is dedicated to sustaining Greater Boston as a vibrant, healthy, equitable, and innovative place for everyone to live, work, and play.


The mission of the BSA Foundation is to enhance public understanding of the built environment and the processes that shape it. With understanding, our communities will be better equipped to enrich and preserve our physical and natural surroundings.

Foundation design awareness programs illuminate the ways in which design improves the quality of our lives. Design awareness programs reach children and families through hands-on learning, and design-interested adults through our design gallery, workshops, films, tours, an architecture cruise, and special events.

The BSA Foundation is dedicated to sustaining Boston as a leading global city that employs design thinking to cultivate its thriving economy; provide safe, affordable housing for all; ensure healthy urban environments; create a forward-looking, equitable transportation policy that allows people to move freely around the city, and from city to suburb; and identify and implement best practices to address coastal and climate change.

The Foundation also distributes small grants for k12 and community design initiatives

BSA Foundation: Continuing the Work

The video below introduces viewers to the Foundation's ongoing commitment to programs that use to design to positively impact individuals, communities, and Boston city policy. Watch it, if you love Boston!

Meet the BSA Foundation

Did you like the video above? Would you like to learn more about the BSA Foundation, or discover ways to become involved? Please come to BSA Space for a one hour “tour” of BSA Foundation programs. On the tour, board members and volunteers will tell stories about how Foundation programs, and the power of design, are positively changing the lives of real people. Light refreshments will be served!

Meet the BSA Foundation meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month. Events are free, but seats are limited. Check for upcoming dates and to reserve your seat. For more information, contact Penny Mitchell at 617-391-4011 or

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and contributions are tax deductible.