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 the landmark case, the partners of Foley Hoag in 1980 established a foundation to focus on the improvement of race relations in Boston: The Foley Hoag Foundation. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded over 500 grants. The firm has continued to invest in and has recently renewed its focus on the Foundation. Plans are underway to expand the Foundation’s reach to Washington, D.C. and eventually to other areas where the firm maintains an geographic presence.

Grants are awarded to organizations working to improve the racial climate by addressing diversity and racism in its many forms. Supported programs include art/cultural activities, youth leadership/recreational programs, and assistance with advocacy. The Foundation is professionally managed with independent trustees, but lawyers and others at Foley Hoag play an active role in reviewing grant proposals and recommending grantees to the Foundation’s trustees.

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