Support the Center

At the Dukakis Center we seek to have an immediate and lasting impact on the quality of life in Greater Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the nation, and beyond. We engage a wide range of stakeholders – faculty, policy makers, community and business leaders, students, and researchers – to develop effective solutions to our most pressing problems.

Your support will help to sustain and expand our work and impact.


METHODS OF GIVING

Make a gift online
You can make an immediate contribution through Northeastern’s website. To ensure that your gift directly supports the Dukakis Center, click “Other” on the form and type in“Dukakis Center – 687401.” Click here to go to the online giving page.

Make a gift by telephone
To make a gift by telephone, please call 617.373.5520 during regular University business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tell them you’d like to designate your gift for the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy.

Make a gift of stock
A gift of stock, or other appreciated property, entitles you to a tax deduction for the market value of the donated stock. If the stock you wish to donate has been held for more than one year, you can avoid capital gains tax on any appreciation of the stock by donating the stock prior to sale. Northeastern University benefits by selling the stock without paying taxes on the gain, and you benefit from making a contribution that would be larger than what you might have been able to donate in cash.

For specific instructions, go to this page. In addition, please be sure to email us to let us know the company and number of shares being transferred so that we can properly credit and acknowledge you for the gift.


OPPORTUNITIES AND NEEDS

Most of our research/action projects and policy tools are supported through grants from foundations, government, corporations, and non-profit organizations. Recent and current examples include research and development of solutions in the following areas:

These major research efforts – often leading to changes in policy and the development of new legislation – are only the most visible of the many we take on each year. We work with mayors and town officials to improve municipal effectiveness; we are analyzing state and local tax policy to provide guidance on equitable methods to finance critical public services; and we are working on issues related to immigration and “New Bostonians.” We work with dozens of organizations to co-sponsor and host conferences and events ranging from workforce development to celebrations of our region’s diversity. And more.
We are always open to considering additional projects. Please contact us if you have an idea about an issue area or opportunity that the Dukakis Center should pursue.

In addition to grant supported projects, we seek more general philanthropic support from individuals, corporations, and foundations to help us build and expand our capacity. These gifts give us greater ability to pursue and engage in activities that are not yet specifically grant-funded.

  • Rapid response with policy briefs on current issues that arise
  • White papers proposing ideas for innovative policy solutions
  • Early stage exploration of an issue that may lead to deeper research

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