Our mission is to invest in human, natural, and creative potential, serving as thoughtful stewards and catalysts.
"We aspire to be both stewards and catalysts."
Our Core Values
We are guided by core values defined by our founders. These values are fundamental to who we are and what we believe constitutes effective philanthropy.
Strive for impact
We aspire to advance ambitious solutions to big challenges.
Invest in leaders
We support effective, visionary and collaborative leaders, as they drive change.
Center racial equity
We aim to address structural racism, inequality, and power imbalances.
Act with humility
We recognize the privilege inherent to philanthropic work and trust our partners to lead.
Take the long view
We consider how today’s decisions will impact future generations.
We accept that bold action requires comfort with the risk of failure.
We invite new perspectives to inform our work and to help us learn.
Chief Executive Officer, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción
James E. Canales
CEO and Co-founder, Upstream USA
Barbara W. Hostetter
Co-founder and Chair of the Board
Amos B. Hostetter, Jr.
Caroline Hostetter Walsh
M. Lee Pelton
CEO & President, The Boston Foundation
Susan F. Tierney
Senior Advisor, Analysis Group
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We value diversity and inclusion in our workplace. Learn more about who we are and our staff demographics by visiting our GuideStar profile.