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 as a trustee of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston Public Library, 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.
First grants of 2017 Special Initiative aim to bolster organizations’ capacity to respond to growing demand and to extend their reach.
Amidst rapid change, uncertainty, and urgent calls for action, how should a foundation balance a commitment to strategy with a capacity to adapt?
Jim Canales shares highlights from the first year under Barr’s new strategies and announces increased grantmaking for 2017.
Boston’s recent “King Tides” provided a glimpse into the near-future—what scientists predict will be the “new normal” of daily high tides by mid-century.
On November 3, the Boston City Council’s Committee on Parks, Recreation, & Transportation held a hearing on water transportation in Boston Harbor. Jim Canales was invited to testify. Following are his remarks.
This article was originally published in the Opinion section of The Boston Globe on September 30, 2016.
Barr’s president on how the Foundation’s core values animate its work.
In a challenging time for our country and world, dozens of foundation presidents join their voices in a campaign promoting hope.
Jim Canales and Kate Wolford, president of The McKnight Foundation, call attention to three tools available to any local or regional grant maker ready to join the fight on climate change.
Jim Canales describes Barr’s new work to promote a great public realm along Boston’s waterfront.