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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 sea level rise and climate change. 

Foundation programs affect individuals (Family Design Days, Building Blocks), communities (Common Boston, Living with Water), and public policy (Resiliency Scan, Traffic Advisory). 

Join the hundreds of individuals and firms who, together, have pledged over half a million dollars to support the Foundation's vision of building a better Boston by engaging communities, inspiring vision, and provoking positive change through architecture and design-focused exhibitions, programs, and other initiatives. 

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


Or, Join the Legacy Circle

Complete this form to join the Legacy Circle, the Foundation's highest level donors who have pledged their ongoing support for five years or more. The form may be mailed to 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston, MA 02210-1024, or emailed to For more information, contact Penny Mitchell at 617-391-4011.

​Because of generous donations, over the past 30 years, the Foundation has distributed 312 grants totaling $1,055,414; annual grants support educational programs intended to increase public awareness of the importance of design in environments in which we live, work, play and learn.

The Foundation has funded design-related classroom curriculum ideas and projects, community programs and training programs such as the Asian Community Development Corp.’s summer youth leadership program that teaches basic concepts in planning and design, Design Museum Boston’s public exhibition showcasing examples of modern playground design and Preservation Worcester’s architecture-education program for middle school students. 

Read more about BSA Foundation Grants