Jim Canales

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.

Bold Aspirations for Boston’s Future

Jim Canales

Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Highlights from a recent event at WBUR’s CitySpace, Boston’s newest home for civic discourse.

February 28, 2019 | Category: From the President

Barr Foundation Extends Commitment to Boston Waterfront

Jim Canales

Jim Canales

President & Trustee

With opportunity to build on progress and advance an ambitious vision, foundation launches search for full-time director of its waterfront initiative.

February 07, 2019 | Category: Special Initiatives

A Time for Aspiration

Jim Canales

Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Amidst turbulent times and daunting challenges, we all must commit to greater ambition, bolder action, and impatience with the status quo.

January 30, 2019 | Category: From the President

We All Must Stand Up

Jim Canales

Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Stand up. Stand with. Stand for. Do.

October 30, 2018 | Category: From the President

29 Foundations Pledge Over $4 Billion to Address Climate Change

Jim Canales

Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Barr commits at least $100 million over the next five years, joining the largest-ever philanthropic investment in climate change mitigation.

September 14, 2018 | Category: Climate

Barr Awards $1.26 Million for New England Civil Rights Fund

Jim Canales

Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Fourteen organizations supported as part of 2018 Special Initiative.

August 23, 2018 | Category: From the President

Barr Announces $1-Million Response to “Zero-Tolerance” Policies & Family Separations

Jim Canales

Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Support combines $500,000 in grants from the Foundation with $500,000 in personal gifts from Barr’s founding trustees.

July 09, 2018 | Category: From the President

“Typical” Isn’t Good Enough

Jim Canales

Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Roger Nozaki

Roger Nozaki

Vice President, Barr Foundation

We asked our grantees what it’s like to work with Barr. Here’s what we learned and what we’re doing about it.

June 12, 2018 | Category: Learning and Evaluation

Supporting New England Communities Under Threat and Ensuring a Fair and Accurate 2020 Census Count

Jim Canales

Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Barr announces $3-million expansion of 2017 Special Initiative, including an open request for proposals to fund efforts throughout New England.

May 31, 2018 | Category: From the President

Investing in Arts Organizations as Leaders

Jim Canales

Jim Canales

President & Trustee

In partnership with 15 Massachusetts arts organizations, Barr launches a $30 million, six-year effort to amplify their leadership in changing communities.

May 01, 2018 | Category: Arts & Creativity