Category: Barr News

Matt Conti

Barr Staffing Updates

Welcoming new additions to the Barr team and acknowledging colleagues assuming new responsibilities.

October 25, 2023 | Category: Barr News

Barr Awards $32.7 Million in Third Quarter Grants

New grants will assist superintendents with public engagement; support a transportation coalition pursuing a new vision; and activate community-based arts and economic activity in Massachusetts Gateway Cities.

September 27, 2023 | Category: Barr News

Barr Foundation Awards $13.7 Million in Second Quarter of 2023

New grants will elevate community voice to advance excellence and equity in New England public high schools; support efforts to address extreme heat in Greater Boston; and make Massachusetts public spaces more inclusive through artist-led projects.

June 22, 2023 | Category: Barr News

Tracy Palandjian Appointed Barr Foundation Trustee

CEO and Co-Founder of Social Finance will join as trustee September 1, expanding Barr’s board to nine members.

June 14, 2023 | Category: Barr News

Barr Awards $20.9 Million in First Quarter of 2023

Grants will support local arts leaders to advance racial equity in Boston, new partnerships for climate resilience planning, and expanded programming to transform school experiences for Boston-area students.

March 20, 2023 | Category: Barr News

New Tactics. Same Commitment to Community and Mission-Driven Communications.

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Mary Chalifour

Associate Director of Communications

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Cecilia Hylton

Former Communications Manager


Stefan Lanfer

Director of Communications

Why we’re pushing pause on Twitter and focusing elsewhere.

February 21, 2023 | Category: Barr News

Welcoming New Barr Colleagues

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

President Jim Canales introduces new faces – and familiar faces in new places - at Barr.

February 15, 2023 | Category: Barr News

Lisette Le Named Director of Barr’s Racial Wealth Equity Initiative

Experienced nonprofit leader with deep roots in Greater Boston to lead new initiative that has already committed nearly $15 million to area nonprofits.

February 08, 2023 | Category: Barr News

A Time to Embrace

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

The official unveiling of Boston’s newest public memorial – The Embrace – offers inspiration and hope for a New Year.

January 17, 2023 | Category: Racial Equity

Barr Awards $35.7 Million in Final Quarter of 2022

Grants will support a new arts and cultural center for the MetroWest region, continued research on the impacts of extreme heat in Greater Boston, and the planning and piloting of transformative learning experiences.

December 19, 2022 | Category: Barr News