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The Power List: The 25 Most Influential People in Boston Philanthropy

Nonprofits and the philanthropists behind them do an enormous amount of important work in Boston. They feed the hungry, educate children, take care of the sick, and sponsor a thriving arts and culture community. But at the upper echelons of the city, philanthropy is about something else, too. It’s about writing $10 million checks, leading $1 billion capital campaigns, getting your name stamped on college buildings, and fighting for coveted seats on prestigious boards. In other words, it’s about power—the money, influence, and ideas that make things happen. And no one in town has more of it than the leaders listed here, the 25 most powerful people in Boston philanthropy.

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The Remaking of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

A look at how a few forward-thinking board members recruited new blood, hired a museum director, raised money for a new wing, and saved the institution. (Years indicate tenure on the Gardner museum board.)

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The Art of the Ask

How nonprofits turn the wealthy into donors.

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Yankee Thrift

Are we truly a bunch of cold-hearted cheapskates in Massachusetts?

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Prep School Showdown

A look at the large endowments—and famous alumni—of some of the area’s most exclusive private schools.

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(Your Name Here)

What’s it cost to get a building—or a wing, or a brick—named after you, anyway?

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The Behemoth

Harvard’s $30.7 billion endowment is equivalent to…

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Boston’s Must-Attend Fundraisers and Charity Galas

These are some parties that you won’t want to miss.

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Exit Through the Gift Shop

All those mugs and totes add up to much-needed revenue. Here’s how some of the city’s most important cultural institutions keep the gift-shop cash registers ringing.

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Six Degrees of Separation

A look at some of the donations and board connections of Boston’s most prominent philanthropists.

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Q&A: Olympic Marathon Runner Shalane Flanagan

This month, Shalane Flanagan returns to Massachusetts to run her first Boston Marathon.

Arts & Entertainment

Infographic: A Minute-By-Minute Look At The Gardner Museum Heist

This infographic appeared in the March 2010 issue of Boston magazine, where we looked at the notorious Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist on March 18, […]

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From Harvard, To Washington, And Back To Harvard

In 2009, more than a dozen Harvard professors joined President Barack Obama’s administration. Now, at the start of Obama’s second term, nearly all of them have returned. Why?

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Everyone Agrees That March Weather in Boston Is Confusing

Here in Boston, we have mixed feelings about the month of March, and throughout history, locals have found increasingly blunt ways to say the same thing: Is winter gone yet?

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Which College Mascot Reigns Supreme?

What if college mascots were actually to face off? John Linehan, CEO of the Franklin Park Zoo, offers his rulings.