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We aspire to make our community vibrant, just, and equitable today and into the future. 


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Civic Leadership

Conducting independent research and inspiring city-wide conversations and partnerships across sectors to solve problems.

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Our latest research: Families’ challenges and resilience

The Cambridge Community Foundation’s new data brief reveals startling facts on the pressures low-income families face in a city whose cost of living is 73 percent higher than the national average. Our nine-page brief provides statistics on the makeup, income levels, educational attainment, race and ethnicity, and more of the families that are eligible for Rise Up Cambridge, a $22-million City of Cambridge program that supports families with children making up to 250 percent of the federal poverty line.

These resilient families constitute a significant and often unseen population in Cambridge. Read the data brief to learn more. Portraits by Kristen Joy Emack.

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Stories of community action

  • Music with a mission.

    Cambridge Jazz Festival - in rain or shine - brought people from across the community together for music and much more.

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  • Learnings from movement makers and storytellers.

    "Communities are their own best hope." Our recent film screening and discussion underscored the value of investing in grassroots leaders. (Photo by London Parker-McWhorter.)

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  • Community collaboration shone in April.

    We saw the promise of community partnership realized at several recent events.

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  • Working together for food security for all.

    We joined Food For Free to celebrate a product of our partnership: a refrigerated truck that will get millions more meals to neighbors.

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