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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.

“Typical” Isn’t Good Enough

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

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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

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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

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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

Board Time: Three Keys to Strategic Engagement

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Jim Canales contributes to a new blog series on effective foundation governance.

March 14, 2018 | Category: Sector Effectiveness

10 Foundation Presidents Urge Preservation of Vital Federal Investments in Communities

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

ArtPlace America and its foundation partners respond to the President’s 2019 Federal Budget Request that proposes cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts, among other federal agencies.

February 27, 2018 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Barr Foundation Announces Creative Commonwealth Initiative

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

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E. San San Wong

Director of Arts & Creativity

In partnership with five community foundations, Barr launches new $3 million initiative to strengthen arts and creativity across Massachusetts.

January 30, 2018 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Barr Foundation Expands Climate Program

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

With an initial $5 million commitment for 2018, Barr Foundation adds climate resilience as a third priority of its Climate program.

December 13, 2017 | Category: Climate

Riding the Bus Is About to Get Better for 30,000 Commuters

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

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Mary Skelton Roberts

Co-Director of Climate

Arlington, Everett, and Cambridge in partnership with Watertown, receive $100,000 grants to demonstrate BRT’s potential.

December 07, 2017 | Category: Climate

Giving that Considers All Costs

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Three principles that guide Barr's approach to its grant investments.

November 28, 2017 | Category: Barr News

The Imperative for Aspiration

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Five questions for a world-class city to create a great public realm.

October 26, 2017 | Category: From the President