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 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, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and The Huffington Post, among other outlets.
The murders in Buffalo are, yet again, a call to action.
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.
In this year-end blog post, Jim Canales reflects on 2021 and previews Barr’s plans for the year ahead.
Jim Canales reflects on Barr’s longstanding commitment to Boston at this watershed moment.
Jim Canales reflects on recent staffing additions and changes in support of Barr’s mission of service
Barr’s president introduces refreshed core values, recent grant investments, and new website section focused on Barr’s commitment to racial equity.
Awaiting a verdict in the Chauvin trial.
Denouncing rising anti-Asian hate crimes and the recent murders in Atlanta.
The Foundation joins local funders in supporting equitable access to the vaccine.
On a sobering anniversary, Barr’s president reflects on lessons from a challenging year and new opportunities as we look to the future.