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

Community Foundations Launch Regional Arts Initiatives

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E. San San Wong

Director of Arts & Creativity

Six months into the Barr Foundation’s Creative Commonwealth Initiative, our partners are creating change across Massachusetts. Here are some highlights on progress, milestones, and impacts of their promising early efforts.

August 02, 2018 | Category: Arts & Creativity

New Report Reveals Growth Trends in Rapidly Changing U.S. Energy Market

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David Terry

Guest Author · Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials

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Malcolm Woolf

Guest Author · Senior Vice President, Advanced Energy Economy

Third annual assessment of energy employment at federal, state, and county levels finds over 6.5 million workers, with half of 133,000 new jobs focused on energy efficiency.

July 19, 2018 | Category: Climate

Investing in a Strong Nonprofit Sector

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Roger Nozaki

Vice President for Strategy and Programs, Barr Foundation

Refined guiding principles and new name for Barr’s grantmaking aimed at strengthening New England’s nonprofit sector.

July 12, 2018 | Category: Sector Effectiveness

New Study Identifies Massive Risk to Coastal Property from Sea Level Rise

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Dr. Kristina Dahl

Guest Author · Senior Climate Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists

Five key takeaways from analysis predicting heavy losses for those with stake in waterfront real estate across the United States.

July 11, 2018 | Category: Climate

Barr Announces $1-Million Response to “Zero-Tolerance” Policies & Family Separations

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Support combines $500,000 in grants from the Foundation with $500,000 in personal gifts from Barr’s founding trustees.

July 09, 2018 | Category: From the President

Barr Announces $4.5 million in New Grants for “Doing High School Differently”

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Leah Hamilton

Director of Education

10 organizations from across New England gain support to plan and implement new school models to advance greater success for all students.

June 27, 2018 | Category: Education

Barr Awards $15.6 Million in Second Quarter of 2018

Grants include support for continued deployment of offshore wind power in the Northeast; deepening the business community’s engagement with public transportation investments; and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the nonprofit sector.

June 27, 2018 | Category: Barr News

Twenty-Five New England Leaders Named Creative Community Fellows

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Sunny Widmann

Guest Author · Director, National Arts Strategies

New England has many talented artists and creative leaders whose work enlivens our communities and helps address social challenges. The Creative Community Fellows program creates a network of such leaders to foster collaboration, strengthen each other’s work, and deepen their impact.

June 21, 2018 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Far From the Day-to-Day, Boston Leaders Reflect, Connect

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Kimberly Haskins

Senior Program Officer, Sector Effectiveness

Members of the 2017 class of Barr Fellows share about their ten-day learning journey to Rwanda.

June 13, 2018 | Category: Sector Effectiveness

“Typical” Isn’t Good Enough

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

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Roger Nozaki

Vice President for Strategy and Programs, Barr Foundation

We asked our grantees what it’s like to work with Barr. Here’s what we learned and what we’re doing about it.

June 12, 2018 | Category: Learning and Evaluation