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.

An Enduring Commitment to Racial Equity

Jim Canales

Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Foundation trustees outline key principles for Barr’s racial equity work.

August 05, 2020 | Category: From the President

Barr Awards $1.36 Million to Nonprofits Supporting Black Communities in Response to COVID-19

Jim Canales

Jim Canales

President & Trustee

The Foundation’s third set of grants in response to the pandemic focuses on organizations serving Black communities.

July 14, 2020 | Category: COVID-19

Actions > Words

Jim Canales

Jim Canales

President & Trustee

In another moment of shared tragedy, profound sadness and anger, we must act.

June 01, 2020 | Category: From the President

Navigating through a Pandemic

Jim Canales

Jim Canales

President & Trustee

An update on Barr’s continuing COVID-19 response efforts.

May 21, 2020 | Category: COVID-19

Barr Commits $2 Million to Immigrant-Serving Organizations

Jim Canales

Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Newest grants in response to COVID-19 focus on supporting Massachusetts’ immigrant communities.

April 16, 2020 | Category: COVID-19

Investing Resources and Offering Flexibility

Jim Canales

Jim Canales

President & Trustee

How the Barr Foundation continues to respond to COVID-19.

April 02, 2020 | Category: From the President

A Message to Our Grantees on COVID-19

Jim Canales

Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Barr’s plans and commitments in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

March 13, 2020 | Category: Barr News

Barr's Equity Journey

Jim Canales

Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Reflections on our ongoing efforts to advance the mission imperative of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

January 23, 2020 | Category: Barr News

Building on Growth as We Enter a New Decade

Jim Canales

Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Barr’s evolution continues with new colleagues, expanded giving.

January 15, 2020 | Category: From the President

Announcing Extension of Partnership with Five Community Foundations Advancing Arts Across Massachusetts

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E. San San Wong

Director of Arts & Creativity

Jim Canales

Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Next three years will focus on implementing ambitious plans and expanding successful early efforts, with $5 million in new support from Barr, and partners’ commitments to collectively raise more than $1 million in new local arts philanthropy.

September 25, 2019 | Category: Arts & Creativity