The Boston Main Streets Foundation is committed to making Boston's neighborhood
commercial districts thriving, vibrant centers of commerce and community through
its support of the Boston Main Streets program. The Boston Main Streets
Foundation seeks to develop long-term strategies to increase the economic
power and resources of neighborhood commercial districts while pursuing
initiatives that build knowledge and capacity for Main Streets programs and the businesses they serve.
Boston Main Streets Foundation will:
Boston Main Streets a public-private initiative established by the City
of Boston in 1995, has been the driving force behind the revitalization of the City's neighborhood commercial
districts. The individual neighborhood Main Streets organizations follow a comprehensive approach developed
by the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Main Street Center
to providing merchants and community residents with the tools and information necessary for their commercial center to compete in today's marketplace.
These organizations are responsible for beautifying the districts, recruiting new businesses, retaining and strengthening existing businesses, and drawing people into the districts to shop and recreate. Boston Main Streets has become a national model and was chosen by the Pew Partnership for Civic Change as one of "19 Solutions for America.."
Each neighborhood Main Streets organization is a small, independent non-profit, with one full-time staff person. They rely heavily upon their volunteer boards of directors and committees. The long-term sustainability of the individual programs is contingent upon establishing more effective fundraising. The Boston Main Streets Foundation was established as a 501(c)3 organization to support the very important work of the individual neighborhood Main Streets organizations.
Just as a shopping mall needs on-going strong management, we need to be vigilant in making sure our neighborhood commercial districts continue to be cared for. That is why the Boston Main Streets Foundation was launched.