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.

A Year in Context

Jim Canales

Jim Canales

President & Trustee

A look back at my first year at the Barr Foundation.

May 13, 2015 | Category: From the President

Barr Welcomes NEA Chairman Jane Chu to Boston

Jim Canales

Jim Canales

President & Trustee

NEA chairman’s visit shines national spotlight on arts and culture in Boston.

May 04, 2015 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Boston Launches First-Ever Cultural Planning Process

Jim Canales

Jim Canales

President & Trustee

A city takes the long-term view of arts and culture.

April 09, 2015 | Category: Arts & Creativity

On New Websites and Transparency

Jim Canales

Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Why website redesigns are the first move, not the last, towards greater transparency.

March 16, 2015 | Category: Barr News

Announcing Barr’s New Director of Education

Jim Canales

Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Leah Hamilton will join the Barr Foundation as its new director of education.

March 03, 2015 | Category: Barr News

Welcome to Barr’s New Website

Jim Canales

Jim Canales

President & Trustee

On behalf of all of us at Barr, I welcome you to our new website and introduce you to our new visual identity.

February 25, 2015 | Category: From the President

Barr and Boston 2024

Jim Canales

Jim Canales

President & Trustee

What is Barr's position on the 2024 Olympics?

February 17, 2015 | Category: Barr News

From the President – January 2015

Jim Canales

Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Introducing the Barr Foundation’s new mission statement.

January 22, 2015 | Category: From the President

Investing in Nonprofits’ Most Essential Assets: Leaders

Jim Canales

Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Historically, less than one percent of foundation giving has gone to leadership development. A recent SSIR blog series offered a forum for foundation leaders, including Barr’s Jim Canales, to weigh in on smart ways to change that equation.

January 12, 2015 | Category: Sector Effectiveness

From the President – December 2014

Jim Canales

Jim Canales

President & Trustee

As 2014 draws to a close, three key decisions that will guide Barr into its next era.

December 15, 2014 | Category: From the President