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.
In the aftermath of insurrection in Washington D.C., reflections from Barr’s president on what enabled yesterday’s violence and what it demands of each of us.
Final reflections on 2020 and announcing plans to increase grant dollars by 25% in 2021.
New and extended support for over 30 organizations to advance racial equity and support communities hit hardest by COVID-19 in Greater Boston and across Massachusetts.
Barr and Ford Foundations Together Commit $10 Million to Support BIPOC-Focused Arts in Massachusetts
Massachusetts named one of seven regions in Ford Foundation’s “America’s Cultural Treasures” initiative. Regional grants to be awarded in 2021.
Foundation trustees outline key principles for Barr’s racial equity work.
The Foundation’s third set of grants in response to the pandemic focuses on organizations serving Black communities.
In another moment of shared tragedy, profound sadness and anger, we must act.
An update on Barr’s continuing COVID-19 response efforts.
Newest grants in response to COVID-19 focus on supporting Massachusetts’ immigrant communities.
How the Barr Foundation continues to respond to COVID-19.