Investing in Nonprofits’ Most Essential Assets: Leaders

Jim Canales

James E. Canales

President & Trustee

Historically, less than one percent of foundation giving has gone to leadership development. A recent SSIR blog series offered a forum for foundation leaders, including Barr’s Jim Canales, to weigh in on smart ways to change that equation.

January 12, 2015 | Category: Cross-Program Initiatives

Announcing the 2015 Barr Fellows

Jim Canales

James E. Canales

President & Trustee

We are thrilled to announce a new class of Barr Fellows.

November 18, 2014 | Category: Barr Fellows

New Webinar Offers 101 on Political Advocacy for Nonprofits

San San Wong

E. San San Wong

Director of Arts & Creativity

While the tax codes make it clear nonprofits can’t endorse or oppose specific candidates for office, or specific legislation, it turns out there is quite a lot they can and should do to advance their issues.

October 16, 2014 | Category: Cross-Program Initiatives

Time to Reset Philanthropy’s “Default Settings”

Jim Canales

James E. Canales

President & Trustee

In philanthropy, we too often obsess about strategy without attending to one of the things that puts strategy most at risk: culture.

July 15, 2014 | Category: Cross-Program Initiatives

Training and Connecting the Next Generation of Nonprofit Leaders

Kimberly Haskins

Kimberly Haskins

Senior Program Officer, Cross-Program Initiatives

Barr supports organizations with strong track records of developing new and diverse leadership, like the Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership, which is now accepting applications for the 2013–2014 academic year.

June 24, 2013 | Category: Cross-Program Initiatives

A New Paradigm for Leadership Development

Stefan Lanfer

Stefan Lanfer

Director of Communications

What if, instead of barreling ahead, relentlessly focused on keeping their organizations afloat (until they burn out trying), effective nonprofit leaders started delegating more and more responsibility to staff—at once paving the way for a next generation of leaders and freeing themselves to think about their own leadership in more expansive ways?

May 24, 2013 | Category: Barr Fellows

What if our great leaders became a great network?

Stefan Lanfer

Stefan Lanfer

Director of Communications

A new animation on the big ideas behind what The Boston Globe once called “a web of collaboration rippling through the nonprofit community with increasing effect.”

April 01, 2013 | Category: Barr Fellows

A Leadership Pipeline for Philanthropy

Kimberly Haskins

Kimberly Haskins

Senior Program Officer, Cross-Program Initiatives

Applications for the 2013–2014 Class of Proteus Diversity Fellows are now open. Learn more about this unique program dedicated to identifying, recruiting, and cultivating emerging practitioners of color who represent the next generation of leaders in philanthropy.

March 28, 2013 | Category: Cross-Program Initiatives

Authentic Relationships and Unintended Consequence

Pat Brandes

Guest Author · Former Executive Director

What would it take for a group of nonprofit leaders to be honest, open, and trusting enough with a funder to really share their wisdom—even their critiques of strategy and of how philanthropy works? For Barr, the answer was a happy accident of another challenge we were trying to address.

September 25, 2012 | Category: Barr Fellows

On Indigenous Leadership

What does it take to create a community that meets all the needs of its residents—a place rich in local resources that enhance health and safety, a place that provides people with a strong sense of connection to one another, and a place that celebrates life and hope through civic engagement, arts, and culture?

July 17, 2012 | Category: Barr Fellows