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

“If I made anyone here uncomfortable, you’re welcome.”

Stefan Lanfer

Stefan Lanfer

Director of Communications

Three lessons in great communications from a philanthropy leadership conference.

April 14, 2017 | Category: Cross-Program Initiatives

New Grants to Promote and Sustain a Healthy Democracy

Jim Canales

James E. Canales

President and Trustee

Second set of grants in Barr’s 2017 Special Initiative focus on strengthening journalism and protecting freedom of the press.

April 04, 2017 | Category: Special Initiatives

Learning Beyond the Walls of Traditional High Schools

Leah Hamilton

Leah Hamilton

Director of Education

Barr issues RFP for planning and design of schools situated within a wider learning ecosystem to promote college and career readiness.

March 31, 2017 | Category: Education

A Neuroscientist Walks into a Museum…

San San Wong

E. San San Wong

Senior Program Officer, Arts & Creativity (Program Lead)

How brain science is helping the Peabody Essex Museum transform its visitor experience.

March 30, 2017 | Category: Arts & Creativity

New Initiative Seeks to Protect Civil Liberties, Informed Democracy

Jim Canales

James E. Canales

President and Trustee

First grants of 2017 Special Initiative aim to bolster organizations’ capacity to respond to growing demand and to extend their reach.

March 28, 2017 | Category: Special Initiatives

Build a Better Bus Stop

Chris Van Eyken

Chris Van Eyken

Guest Author · Senior Planner, U.S. Program, ITDP

Michael

Michael Kodransky

Guest Author · Director, Global and U.S. Initiatives, ITDP

BostonBRT announces a design competition for innovative bus stations in Boston.

March 22, 2017 | Category: Climate

We’re Calling on Cities to Lead the Way to Better Transit

Mary Skelton Roberts

Mary Skelton Roberts

Senior Program Officer, Climate (Program Lead, Mobility)

Mary Skelton Roberts shares an opportunity for communities to pilot elements of Gold Standard Bus Rapid Transit.

March 21, 2017 | Category: Climate

Lessons from High Schools Designed to Connect All Students to Success

JoEllen Lynch

JoEllen Lynch

Guest Author · Executive Director, Springpoint

To better understand options for students who are off track in the goal of graduating from high school, Barr commissioned Springpoint to visit a set of New England schools serving this population and to share their findings here.

March 16, 2017 | Category: Education

Barr Foundation Announces $20.6 Million in New Grants

Trevor Pollack

Trevor Pollack

Manager of Special Projects

First grants of 2017 mark major investments in key partnerships.

March 13, 2017 | Category: Barr News

New England Chambers of Commerce Leading on Clean Energy

Diane Doucette

Diane Doucette

Guest Author · Executive Director, Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy

Diane Doucette of Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy shares five ways area businesses reaped the benefits of clean energy in 2016.

February 28, 2017 | Category: Climate