Hear from staff and partners about aspirations, accomplishments, and lessons learned along the way.

Journeying Together to Reach Our PEAK

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Joe Rodriguez

Grants Management Assistant

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Rory Neuner

Senior Learning Officer

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Kerri Hurley

Director of Grants Management

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Lynn Harwell

Vice President for Administration

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Najah Casimir

Program Officer, Mobility

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Leah Bennett

Program Associate, Education

Barr staff share personal reflections from the PEAK 2024 convening, and invite others in philanthropy to learn from our experiences.

May 20, 2024 | Category: Sector Effectiveness

Good morning, colleagues

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

A thank you message to staff from Jim Canales becomes a broader reflection on leadership in these times.

May 14, 2024 | Category: From the President

Four Questions with Jessica Rose, Senior Program Officer, Education

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Jess Rose

Senior Program Officer, Education

Jess Rose, leader of the Catalyze New Models portfolio, shares what led her to Barr, her commitment to racial equity, and what inspires her to support excellence in high schools.

April 30, 2024 | Category: Education

Highlighting a Holistic Framework that Supports High School Excellence

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Jenny Curtin

Director of Education

How Barr’s Education partners are using seven Indicators of School Quality to advance equity and excellence in New England high schools.

April 03, 2024 | Category: Education

Embedding Equity in the Fabric of Our Work: Lessons from a Small Nonprofit

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Walae Hayek (she/they)

Guest Author · Steering Committee Member, Allston Brighton Health Collaborative

In a Q&A, Allston Brighton Health Collaborative Director Anna Leslie and Steering Committee member Walae Hayek reflect on successes, challenges, and lessons from collective efforts to embed equity at the organization.

March 26, 2024 | Category: Climate

Resources for Grant Seekers

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Nina Minella

Program Assistant, Climate

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Leah Bennett

Program Associate, Education

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Alexandra Juckno

Former Program Associate, Arts & Creativity

Information that may help you find the funding you need, especially related to arts & creativity, climate, and education.

March 20, 2024 | Category: Barr News

Barr Awards $34.9 Million in First Quarter of 2024

New grants will support a shared services program for nonprofits, build climate resilience in Boston’s Dudley neighborhood, and position the region’s largest planning agency as a leader in the arts.

March 14, 2024 | Category: Barr News

Navigating the Future: Barr’s Waterfront Initiative Sets Course for Next Phase

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Jill Valdés Horwood

Director, Boston Waterfront Initiative

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John Dello Russo

Program Associate, Special Initiatives

Barr's Waterfront Initiative launches refreshed strategy, delving deeper into equitable policy, regulatory reform and fostering collaboration.

March 12, 2024 | Category: Boston Waterfront

Five Questions with Manjula Karamcheti, Program Officer, Education

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Manjula Karamcheti

Program Officer, Education

Manjula Karamcheti shares what led her to Barr and how a commitment to advance equity and excellence go hand in hand in the work of transforming the high school experience.

March 07, 2024 | Category: Education

The Importance of Candid Feedback

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Roger Nozaki

Vice President for Strategy and Programs

Barr’s VP of Strategy and Programs on why we seek (and share) grantee feedback on what it’s like to work with us.

February 01, 2024 | Category: Learning and Evaluation