Home to Harvard’s campus in the Longwood Medical Area, Allston, and the Arnold Arboretum, Boston is a dynamic crossroads where storied Harvard institutions and new endeavors thrive. United by values for the common good, Harvard and the City of Boston have a strong history of collaboration and commitment to partnership.

Supporting Boston’s Economy

As an anchor institution in the City, Harvard plays a vibrant role in Boston’s economy – employing thousands of residents and attracting hundreds of millions in research funding that generates local spending at Boston-based businesses and further stimulates the economy.

3,400+

Boston residents employed by Harvard

$384M

In salary, wages, and benefits paid to Boston residents in FY20

$939M

Spent in construction, supplies, and services in Boston in FY20

Harvard’s PILOT and Tax Payments to the City of Boston over 10 Years

Image depicts a bar graph showing the ten year history – from fiscal year 2011 to fiscal year 2020 – of Harvard’s payments in lieu of tax and tax payments to the City of Boston. It also includes a line graph showing the sum of these payments for the same time period.

$3.8M

In Payments-in-Lieu-of-Taxes (PILOT) to the City of Boston in FY21

$30M

In PILOT payments to the City of Boston in the last 10 years

Harvard participates annually in the City’s voluntary PILOT Program.

$72M

In taxes paid to the City of Boston in the last 10 years

Harvard pays municipal taxes on the University’s non-exempt property.

Community Programs for Boston Residents

Hundreds of community-serving programs operate across Boston through the commitment of Harvard faculty, students, and staff and reflect years of collaboration between the University, its neighbors, and city partners. These programs originate from all corners of campus and reach Boston residents, schools, local businesses, nonprofits, as well as various City departments.

community program with child

30,000+

Boston resident participants in one or more Harvard community programs last year

dana farber hospital

$22M+

In community benefits reported as part of the City’s voluntary PILOT program in FY20

Examples of Harvard Programs Across Boston

West Roxbury

HMS Health Professions Recruitment & Exposure Program

Hyde Park

Crimson Summer Academy

Roslindale

Harvard Law School Clinical and Pro Bono Programs

Mattapan

Leaders in Health Community Training Program

Dorchester

AP Biology Hinton Scholars Program

Roxbury

HMS MEDscience

Jamaica Plain

Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

South Boston

Harvard Dental Teaching Practice

South End

Rose Service Learning Fellowship

Brighton

Brighton High School Internship Program

Allston

COVID-19 Emergency Grants for Neighborhood Nonprofits

Mission Hill

AP Biology Teacher Callbacks

Fenway

Crimson Summer Academy

Charlestown

Harvard Law School Clinical and Pro Bono Programs

East Boston

The Family Van

Back Bay

Community Service Fellowship Program

Chinatown

Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies Fellowship

Neighborhood Data in Table Format

This listing is not exhaustive. The highlighted programs serve as an example of Harvard’s impact across the City of Boston.

 

Neighborhood Program Name
Allston* COVID-19 Emergency Grants for Neighborhood Nonprofits
Back Bay Community Service Fellowship Program
Brighton* Brighton High School Internship Program
Charlestown Harvard Law School Clinical and Pro Bono Programs
Chinatown Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies Fellowship
Dorchester AP Biology Hinton Scholars Program
East Boston The Family Van
Fenway Crimson Summer Academy
Hyde Park Crimson Summer Academy
Jamaica Plain Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Mattapan Leaders in Health Community Training Program
Mission Hill AP Biology Teacher Callbacks
Roslindale Harvard Law School Clinical and Pro Bono Programs
Roxbury HMS MEDscience
South Boston Harvard Dental Teaching Practice
South End Rose Service Learning Fellowship
West Roxbury HMS Health Professions Recruitment & Exposure Program
Note: The majority of community benefits delivered in Allston-Brighton are through Harvard University’s cooperation agreements with the City of Boston

Community Benefits for Harvard’s Neighbors

Harvard delivers community benefits in North Allston and North Brighton connected to the University’s institutional development. These initiatives were thoughtfully identified with the community and include the Harvard Ed Portal, which hosts hundreds of public programs each year and the Harvard Allston Partnership Fund, which has provided $1.3 million in grants to small, local nonprofits.

Recognizing the critical role nonprofits play in the City of Boston, Harvard launched a grant program to provide emergency funding to nonprofit organizations serving residents in Allston-Brighton. The Harvard University Allston-Brighton Emergency Response Grant allowed organizations to quickly mobilize and respond to the needs of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

people standing accepting an award

$70M

In community benefits delivered primarily toward Allston-Brighton

Harvard and Boston Public Schools

Harvard works closely with the Boston Public Schools (BPS) to provide programs that enhance student learning in a wide range of fields, including science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM); civic engagement; college and career readiness; and skills development. The University also provides professional development opportunities for BPS educators and administrators to learn from Harvard research and faculty.

$36M

In scholarship aid provided to Harvard College students from Boston in the last 10 years

5,000+

BPS student participants reached through educational, mentoring, and internship programs in 2020

60+

BPS teachers participated in professional development opportunities in 2020

Partnering with the City of Boston

Harvard is committed to addressing regional priorities and partners with the City of Boston around initiatives that are designed to meet the broader needs of Boston residents.

affordable housing

5,500+

Units of affordable housing created or preserved through the Harvard Local Housing Collaborative in the City of Boston in the past 20 years

college students

10

City of Boston departments supported through Harvard fellowship student placements in 2020

Sustainability

Arnold Arboretum

Arnold Arboretum

As a unique partnership between Harvard and the City of Boston, the Arnold Arboretum is one of Boston’s largest parks. In addition to serving as both a research institution and publicly accessible green space, the Arboretum is committed to helping the City and University build climate change resiliency and reach carbon neutrality by 2050. This includes new solar panels that will power the Arboretum’s scientific research facilities; modernized upgrades at various buildings; and the use of earth-friendly practices in the care and management of the Arboretum’s plant collections and landscape.

students standing in a park

Supporting the City of Boston’s Climate Action Plan

Harvard co-chairs the Higher Education Working Group of the Boston Green Ribbon Commission, a group of business, institutional, and civic leaders in Boston working to develop shared strategies for fighting climate change in coordination with the City’s Climate Action Plan.

Spotlights

nurse treating patient

The Family Van of Harvard Medical School

A mobile clinic working to improve the health of vulnerable Boston residents in Roxbury, East Boston, and Dorchester. Every year, the Van provides thousands of free health screenings and over the past 5 years has saved an estimated $2.8 million in avoided emergency room costs.

ed portal

Harvard Ed Portal

An open door to the community, the Harvard Ed Portal brings together Allston-Brighton residents, students, families, and professionals from every walk of life to participate in innovative programming and learn from one another.