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.
This article was originally published in the Opinion section of The Boston Globe on June 6, 2019.
Highlights from a recent event at WBUR’s CitySpace, Boston’s newest home for civic discourse.
With opportunity to build on progress and advance an ambitious vision, foundation launches search for full-time director of its waterfront initiative.
Amidst turbulent times and daunting challenges, we all must commit to greater ambition, bolder action, and impatience with the status quo.
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Barr commits at least $100 million over the next five years, joining the largest-ever philanthropic investment in climate change mitigation.
Fourteen organizations supported as part of 2018 Special Initiative.
Support combines $500,000 in grants from the Foundation with $500,000 in personal gifts from Barr’s founding trustees.
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Barr announces $3-million expansion of 2017 Special Initiative, including an open request for proposals to fund efforts throughout New England.