Jim Canales was appointed president and trustee of the Barr Foundation in May 2014. Prior to joining Barr, he spent two decades in a variety of roles at The James Irvine Foundation in California, including service as president and chief executive officer from 2003 through 2014. His writing on a range of topics has appeared in The Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and The Huffington Post, among other outlets.
Amidst rapid change, uncertainty, and urgent calls for action, how should a foundation balance a commitment to strategy with a capacity to adapt?
Jim Canales shares highlights from the first year under Barr’s new strategies and announces increased grantmaking for 2017.
Boston’s recent “King Tides” provided a glimpse into the near-future—what scientists predict will be the “new normal” of daily high tides by mid-century.
On November 3, the Boston City Council’s Committee on Parks, Recreation, & Transportation held a hearing on water transportation in Boston Harbor. Jim Canales was invited to testify. Following are his remarks.
This article was originally published in the Opinion section of The Boston Globe on September 30, 2016.
Barr’s president on how the Foundation’s core values animate its work.
In a challenging time for our country and world, dozens of foundation presidents join their voices in a campaign promoting hope.
Jim Canales and Kate Wolford, president of The McKnight Foundation, call attention to three tools available to any local or regional grant maker ready to join the fight on climate change.
Jim Canales describes Barr’s new work to promote a great public realm along Boston’s waterfront.
Jim Canales describes initial priorities for a set of investments intended to complement and reinforce all of Barr’s core program work.