Posts by Jim Canales
Jim was named president and a trustee of the Barr Foundation in May 2014. Since his arrival, Barr has experienced significant growth. Annual grantmaking has tripled and the staff has more than doubled in size. Prior to Barr, Jim spent over two decades at The James Irvine Foundation, including service as president and CEO from 2003 through 2014. Before working in philanthropy, Jim was a high school English teacher. Jim currently serves as vice chair of the Kaiser Family Foundation and a trustee of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Eastern Bank Foundation. Jim’s prior board service includes a ten-year term as a Stanford University trustee and as chair of the boards of the College Futures Foundation, KQED Public Broadcasting, Stanford Alumni Association, and Larkin Street Youth Services, and as vice chair of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Jim’s writings on a range of topics have appeared in the Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Stanford Social Innovation Review, among other outlets. And he has been a featured speaker, panelist, moderator, or guest at a variety of forums dedicated to a stronger social sector, including the Center for Effective Philanthropy, Communications Network, PEAK Grantmaking, and Inside Philanthropy.
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From Commitment to Action: Barr’s Racial Equity Work
Barr’s president introduces refreshed core values, recent grant investments, and new website section focused on Barr’s commitment to racial equity.
Regardless of What Happens, Structural Racism Persists
Awaiting a verdict in the Chauvin trial.
In Solidarity Against Anti-Asian Racism
Denouncing rising anti-Asian hate crimes and the recent murders in Atlanta.
Barr Commits Over $2 Million for Vaccine Equity Efforts
The Foundation joins local funders in supporting equitable access to the vaccine.
Time to Reimagine What Can Be, Not Rebuild What Was
On a sobering anniversary, Barr’s president reflects on lessons from a challenging year and new opportunities as we look to the future.
In Conversation: Ford Foundation President Darren Walker
Full recording of a recent discussion between Darren Walker and Jim Canales on the role of philanthropy in creating a just future and much more.
Mariella Puerto Named Barr Foundation Climate Program Director
A Barr veteran and field leader, Mariella will oversee continued growth of the Foundation’s Clean Energy, Mobility, and Resilience focus areas.
To Advance Racial Equity, Foundation Boards Need to Take an Active Role
Reflections from Barr's board chair and president amidst the Foundation's continuing equity journey.
We Should Not Be Surprised
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.
A Year That Changed Us All
Final reflections on 2020 and announcing plans to increase grant dollars by 25% in 2021.