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BSA Foundation

Transformative Power of Design

The BSA Foundation, a charitable, nonprofit organization, assists children, communities, and cities, by using architecture and design to improve our region.

The BSA Foundation uses the fundamental blocks of architecture and the design process—including community engagement, visualization, and creative problem solving—to assist local communities in addressing their challenges. Residents already know when physical change can help their neighborhoods. They are not challenged by a lack of ideas. Sometimes the challenge is knowing how to turn their notions into reality. That's where we can help. We offer resources and a design process that transforms ideas into visions that can become real places, spaces, and buildings.

We do this by:

  • Ensuring access to design education for every child in Greater Boston
  • Providing access to design resources for every neighborhood in Boston
  • Empowering our cities and towns by visualizing design solutions for climate change, carbon proliferation, and housing shortages


Our public programs rely on philanthropic support. We are grateful to the individual, corporate and institutional funders who support our public work.

Launched in 1971, the BSA Foundation works together with the BSA/AIA to make great architecture and the power of the design process available to everyone. Many of our programs, curated exhibitions, youth and family events, workshops, and forums are free or have minimal charge. As a 501(c)3 charitable organization, your donations make our work possible.

The BSA Foundation builds a better Boston by engaging communities, inspiring vision, and provoking positive change.

Explore our public programs to learn more about how your donations support design in your community.

Support the BSA

Our mission is to build a better Boston by engaging communities, inspiring vision, and provoking positive change. Our work brings building industry professionals together with the public to explore how design solutions can improve the quality of life.

Support the BSA's work to build a better Boston by donating now.