The Boston Foundation Elects Foley Hoag Partner Michael B. Keating Chair of its Board of Directors

Prominent Business Lawyer Succeeds Clergyman Ray Hammond to Lead Organization Into Next Era

August 1, 2009

The Boston Foundation, Greater Boston’s community foundation and one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the country, announced that Foley Hoag Partner Michael B. Keating, Partner and Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department, has been elected Chair of the Board of Directors.  Mr. Keating succeeds Reverend Dr. Ray Hammond, the prominent Boston clergyman who had served as Chair since 2002 and stepped down due to term limits.

With approximately $760 million in assets, The Boston Foundation devotes its considerable resources to building and sustaining a vital, prosperous city and region, through grant-making, high-impact philanthropy, and by serving as a hub and center of information regarding Boston’s opportunities for growth and civic agenda.  Mr. Keating assumes the role at a critical time, in an uncertain economic climate.  Mr. Keating has been a board member since 2004.

“While there are certainly challenges ahead, I am excited at the prospect of helping The Boston Foundation steer itself through the current recession and beyond.  Indeed, filling Ray Hammond’s shoes is a big job and he has done tremendous work over the years,” said Mr. Keating.  “However, I have a lot to work with: an iconic institution, a terrific board and a dedicated and talented staff.  The Boston Foundation is one of the most respected organizations in the city and a model for community foundations everywhere.  I recognize how fortunate I am to be part of it.”

“Mike Keating has been a terrific addition to our board since his arrival nearly five years ago.  In these tumultuous times we will look to his leadership and his significant presence in the business and legal community to help us build on the tremendous progress we’ve made as an organization,” said Paul Grogan, President of the Boston Foundation.

In addition to his work with The Boston Foundation and his career as a seasoned trial attorney, Mr. Keating holds numerous board positions and is active in many civic and professional organizations.  He serves as a member of the Board of the Boston Children’s Museum and is a Trustee of Williams College. He is a past President of the Boston Bar Association.  He was also tapped by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to chair the Court Management Advisory Board which advises the Supreme Judicial Court on court management and court reforms in Massachusetts.

Foley Hoag has been a supporter of philanthropic and community initiatives since its founding.  The firm operates its own Foley Hoag Foundation, of which Mr. Keating is a Trustee, the only grant-making organization with an exclusive focus of promoting diversity in the City of Boston.   The firm encourages its lawyers to devote time to pro bono and community pursuits.

About The Boston Foundation

The Boston Foundation, Greater Boston’s community foundation, is one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the nation, with assets of $763 million.  In Fiscal Year 2008, the Foundation and its donors made close to $79 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and received gifts of $102 million. The Foundation is made up of some 900 separate charitable funds established by donors either for the general benefit of the community or for special purposes.  The Boston Foundation also serves as a major civic leader, provider of information, convener, and sponsor of special initiatives designed to address the community’s and region’s most pressing challenges.

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