Posts by Jim Canales

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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.

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

Dismantling Racism is Everyone’s Work

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

The murders in Buffalo are, yet again, a call to action.

May 16, 2022 | Category: From the President

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

The Real Work Persists

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

In this year-end blog post, Jim Canales reflects on 2021 and previews Barr’s plans for the year ahead.

December 15, 2021 | Category: From the President

Boston Elects a New Mayor

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Jim Canales reflects on Barr’s longstanding commitment to Boston at this watershed moment.

November 01, 2021 | Category: From the President

The Human Factor

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Jim Canales reflects on recent staffing additions and changes in support of Barr’s mission of service

September 30, 2021 | Category: Barr News

From Commitment to Action: Barr’s Racial Equity Work

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Barr’s president introduces refreshed core values, recent grant investments, and new website section focused on Barr’s commitment to racial equity.

June 15, 2021 | Category: From the President

Regardless of What Happens, Structural Racism Persists

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Awaiting a verdict in the Chauvin trial.

April 19, 2021 | Category: From the President

In Solidarity Against Anti-Asian Racism

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Denouncing rising anti-Asian hate crimes and the recent murders in Atlanta.

March 17, 2021 | Category: Barr News

Barr Commits Over $2 Million for Vaccine Equity Efforts

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

The Foundation joins local funders in supporting equitable access to the vaccine.

March 15, 2021 | Category: Barr News