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.
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.
As 2014 draws to a close, three key decisions that will guide Barr into its next era.
Staffing updates from the Barr Foundation.
We are thrilled to announce a new class of Barr Fellows.
For us at the Barr Foundation, this past summer has provided an opportunity to give greater definition to the values that guide Barr’s philanthropy.
Exploring how Barr can more fully leverage communications to advance its mission.
Our colleague Rahn Dorsey has been appointed by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh to his cabinet as the City’s first chief of education.
Announcement and discussion of changes taking effect this month at the Barr Foundation.
After his first two months at Barr, President Jim Canales shares what he’s been learning and some key themes to guide us on the road ahead.
In philanthropy, we too often obsess about strategy without attending to one of the things that puts strategy most at risk: culture.