Category: Racial Equity

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New Tool for Climate Nonprofits to Assess Progress on Racial Equity

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Mariella Puerto

Director of Climate

Self-assessment helps organizations evaluate and benchmark efforts to change culture and ways of working; and helps funders better understand partners’ efforts and how to target resources.

October 07, 2022 | Category: Climate

Closing the Racial Wealth Gap

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Jim Canales describes Barr’s initial grantmaking focused on racial wealth equity in Greater Boston.

June 16, 2022 | Category: Racial Equity

Leadership Development Programs Need an Upgrade: Five Ways to Advance Racial Equity

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Idalia Fernadez

Guest Author · Senior Director, Community Wealth Partners

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Lori Bartczak

Guest Author · Senior Director, Knowledge & Content, Community Wealth Partners

Promoting, retaining, and supporting BIPOC leadership within nonprofits is critical for driving systemic change.

April 07, 2022 | Category: Sector Effectiveness

Reimagining Philanthropy’s Commitment to Racial Equity

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

The realities of white supremacy, systemic racism, and violence against people of color and LGBTQ+ people — always present but rarely challenged by those with power — demand intense reflection and tangible action.

March 24, 2022 | Category: Racial Equity

Art Equity in Action

An interview with spoken-word artist, Jha D. Amazi about work she created with the support of a Live Arts Boston grant. Live Arts Boston is an initiative of the Boston Foundation and the Barr Foundation that supports performing artists, a majority of whom are artists of color.

January 10, 2022 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Barr Announces New Grants to Drive Toward Educator Diversity

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Kate Dobin

Former Senior Program Officer, Education

Announcing a new cohort of New England school systems committed to developing diverse, talented teacher workforces for student success.

December 07, 2021 | Category: Education

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

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

Guest Author · 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

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

Associate 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