Foley Hoag Foundation

Boston’s school desegregation case is a seminal chapter in the city’s history and part of America’s painful interracial narrative. In the decades since Foley Hoag successfully represented the plaintiffs in that action, Foley Hoag has committed itself to transforming the wrenching events of the past into a promising future.

Using fees awarded to the firm for its victory in that landmark case, the partners of Foley Hoag in 1980 established The Foley Hoag Foundation. Originally focused on improving race relations among youth in Greater Boston, the Foundation’s mission today is to support programs addressing inequality in its various forms, including racial, ethnic and gender disparities in both Greater Boston and metropolitan Washington, D.C., and to raise awareness about these issues.

Grants are awarded to organizations working to improve the social climate by addressing inequality in its many forms. Supported programs include art/cultural activities, youth leadership/recreational programs, and assistance with advocacy. A five-member Board of Trustees, including three firm partners, guide the work of the Foundation. Lawyers and others at Foley Hoag play an active role in the activities of the Foundation, including reviewing grant proposals and recommending grantees to The Foundation’s trustees. Since 1981, the Foundation has awarded more than $2,000,000 in grants to over 300 organizations.

The Foundation also sponsors and supports activities focused on these issues, including its Speaker Series.

For more information about the Foundation or guidelines on how to apply for support, please click here.