With a long and celebrated history, Cambridge today stands for educational excellence, innovation, and economic vitality. A small city with global impact, Cambridge has a wealth of intellectual and financial resources, innovation capacity, and a spirit of generosity. Its booming economy has created more jobs than the city’s population. Cambridge draws residents from around the world and the city is prized for its quality of life. Cambridge’s economic prosperity however, is not equitably shared by people across the city. Income and racial disparities remain our city’s key challenges.
Investing in social equity has been core to the Cambridge Community Foundation’s work and we welcome expanding it through civic leadership, donor engagement, and grantmaking. Solving big issues and finding solutions for shared prosperity require collective action.
The Foundation is therefore utilizing a portion of its discretionary income from the Cambridge Endowment to proactively seed or initiate scaled or systemic change related to important community needs or opportunities for impact. We bring together donor, public, and philanthropic partners who are passionate about these issues and use co-investment and collaborative decision-making to create collective community impact.
Grantmaking for Special Initiatives is largely proactive, but recognizing the skills, capacities, and knowledge inherent in our community, the Cambridge Community Foundation welcomes input and brief letters of interest to explore strategic investments in four areas.