Hear from staff and partners about aspirations, accomplishments, and lessons learned along the way.

A Different Direction: Tools to Advance Equity in Transportation

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Amber Trout

Guest Author · Managing Associate, Community Science

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Heidy Persaud

Guest Author · Director of Transportation , Center for Neighborhood Technology

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Amy Minzner

Guest Author · Senior Associate , Community Science

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Bob Dean

Guest Author · Chief Executive Officer , Center for Neighborhood Technology

A new guide provides recommendations for transportation practitioners who are looking to advance equity in their work.

January 05, 2022 | Category: Climate

Barr Awards $43.2 Million in Fourth Quarter of 2021

Grants include support for artist-led, community-based projects, expanded learning networks on climate resilience and community engagement, and the launch of a national leadership development program for Black professionals.

December 28, 2021 | Category: Barr News

The Real Work Persists

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

In this year-end blog post, Jim Canales reflects on 2021 and previews Barr’s plans for the year ahead.

December 15, 2021 | Category: From the President

Barr Announces New Grants to Drive Toward Educator Diversity

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Kate Dobin

Former Senior Program Officer, Education

Announcing a new cohort of New England school systems committed to developing diverse, talented teacher workforces for student success.

December 07, 2021 | Category: Education

Money Talks. Here’s What We Want it to Say. 

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Mariella Puerto

Director of Climate

To center racial equity in the climate movement, we need to change who we’re funding and how we operate.

December 01, 2021 | Category: Climate

Not Just Recovery, But Reinvention

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Jenny Curtin

Director of Education

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Melanie Dukes

Guest Author · Senior Program Officer, Innovative Schools, Overdeck Family Foundation

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Saskia Levy Thompson

Guest Author · Program Director, Carnegie Corporation of New York

Three lessons from schools where COVID innovations offer new solutions for student success.

November 11, 2021 | Category: Education

Boston Elects a New Mayor

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Jim Canales reflects on Barr’s longstanding commitment to Boston at this watershed moment.

November 01, 2021 | Category: From the President

Three Things Boston Voters Think About the Boston Waterfront

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Jill Valdés Horwood

Director, Boston Waterfront Initiative

A majority of voters agree with taking action to make Boston's waterfront more inclusive, accessible, and climate resilient.

October 29, 2021 | Category: Special Initiatives

A Commitment to BIPOC Arts and Communities

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E. San San Wong

Director of Arts & Creativity

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Giles Li

Guest Author · Senior Program Officer, Arts & Creativity

Powering Cultural Futures connects and serves 15 community-rooted arts organizations. This multiyear initiative results from a collaboration between Barr, the Ford Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

October 20, 2021 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Barr Awards $30.9 Million in Third Quarter of 2021

Grants include support for artist-led movements for spatial justice, a community-driven air justice campaign, and a partnership with civil rights and education organizations working together to address educational disparities.

October 04, 2021 | Category: Barr News