Our Vision

The Barr Foundation envisions a vibrant, just, and sustainable world with hopeful futures for children.

Our Mission

The Foundation’s mission is to support gifted leaders and networked organizations working in Boston and beyond to enhance educational and economic opportunities, to achieve environmental sustainability, and to create rich cultural experiences - all with particular attention to children and families living in poverty.

Our Areas of Focus

Our domestic work focuses on providing quality education, mitigating climate change, and enhancing cultural vitality.  Our education and arts investments are focused on Boston. Our climate work includes statewide, regional, and some national investments. 

Since 2010, Barr has also been exploring opportunities for global investments. The Barr Global team is building a portfolio of projects that delivers measurable improvements in the interconnected areas of livelihoods, health, environment, and education, predominantly in rural areas. Investments are currently focused in sub-Saharan Africa, Haiti, and India.

To learn more about Barr’s strategies and approach, visit our Strategies page.


Our co-founders and trustees


Who we are and what we do

Contact Us

How to reach us and find our office