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Paul Grogan with schoolchildren

Paul S. Grogan, president of the Boston Foundation, visits with students in a school supported by the foundation, which  works with community members, state and local governments, and other institutions to improve health and vitality of greater Boston.
Images courtesy of the Boston Foundation

Paul S. Grogan: How a community foundation becomes a civic leader

The Boston Foundation envisions its role as more than just a philanthropy; it also serves as a civic leader, says the foundation president in this Q&A.

Money raised through the Rare Genomics Institute is funding Robert Stone's whole-genome sequencing. His family hopes this will help them understand the disease that began affecting him around 13 months. Photo courtesy of the Stone family

Orphan diseases find a champion

Jimmy Lin -- a scientist and part-time seminarian -- founded the Rare Genomics Institute to blend science research with crowdfunding to help families of children with rare diseases.