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

Money Talks. Here’s What We Want it to Say. 


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Mariella Puerto

Director of Climate

To center racial equity in the climate movement, we need to change who we’re funding and how we operate.

December 01, 2021 | Category: Climate

Not Just Recovery, But Reinvention

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Jenny Curtin

Senior Program Officer, Education

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Melanie Dukes

Guest Author · Senior Program Officer, Innovative Schools, Overdeck Family Foundation

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Saskia Levy Thompson

Guest Author · Program Director, Carnegie Corporation of New York

Three lessons from schools where COVID innovations offer new solutions for student success.

November 11, 2021 | Category: Education

Boston Elects a New Mayor

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Jim Canales reflects on Barr’s longstanding commitment to Boston at this watershed moment.

November 01, 2021 | Category: From the President

Three Things Boston Voters Think About the Boston Waterfront

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Jill Valdés Horwood

Director, Boston Waterfront Initiative

A majority of voters agree with taking action to make Boston's waterfront more inclusive, accessible, and climate resilient.

October 29, 2021 | Category: Special Initiatives

A Commitment to BIPOC Arts and Communities

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E. San San Wong

Director of Arts & Creativity

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Giles Li

Senior Program Officer, Arts & Creativity

Powering Cultural Futures connects and serves 15 community-rooted arts organizations. This multiyear initiative results from a collaboration between Barr, the Ford Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

October 20, 2021 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Barr Awards $30.9 Million in Third Quarter of 2021

Grants include support for artist-led movements for spatial justice, a community-driven air justice campaign, and a partnership with civil rights and education organizations working together to address educational disparities.

October 04, 2021 | Category: Barr News

The Human Factor

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Jim Canales reflects on recent staffing additions and changes in support of Barr’s mission of service

September 30, 2021 | Category: Barr News

Student Feedback During COVID Is Inspiring Schools to Do High School Differently

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Ali Gross

Program Officer, Education

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Dylan Everett

Program Associate, Education

Three themes from survey responses, and examples of how our partner schools are responding.

September 16, 2021 | Category: Education

Investing in Leadership for Racial Equity

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Roger Nozaki

Vice President for Strategy and Programs

A call for new models and approaches to leadership development with racial equity at the center.

September 13, 2021 | Category: Racial Equity

Designing Employee Leave Policies that Reflect Our Values

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Pouya Shahbodaghi

Enterprise Applications Manager

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Mary Chalifour

Acting Director of Communications

What we learned from reviewing our employee handbook through a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

August 25, 2021 | Category: Racial Equity