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

Join the Conversation about Boston’s Transportation Future

Mary Skelton Roberts

Mary Skelton Roberts

Co-Director of Climate

What’s your question about getting around Boston in the future? Go Boston 2030 is a new campaign to shape the future of how people get around our city.

January 14, 2015 | Category: Climate

Investing in Nonprofits’ Most Essential Assets: Leaders

Jim Canales

James E. 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: Cross-Program Initiatives

Districts—An Ambitious, but Achievable Scale for Energy Transformation

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

What will it take to catalyze and accelerate the kind of energy transformation required to increase reliability, enhance resilience, meet ambitious climate goals, and create economic development opportunities? And what role can foundations play? Key takeaways from a recent gathering of funders interested in urban sustainability sponsored by the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities.

December 17, 2014 | Category: Climate

From the President – December 2014

Jim Canales

James E. 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

Staffing Update – Fall 2014

Jim Canales

James E. Canales

President & Trustee

Staffing updates from the Barr Foundation.

November 24, 2014 | Category: Barr News

Announcing the 2015 Barr Fellows

Jim Canales

James E. Canales

President & Trustee

We are thrilled to announce a new class of Barr Fellows.

November 18, 2014 | Category: Barr Fellows

Little Cities that Could (and Did) Show Leadership on Climate

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

Learn about a Barr grantee that has been creating its own climate playbook.

November 13, 2014 | Category: Climate

Making Room for Artistic Risk-Taking and Innovation

San San Wong

E. San San Wong

Director of Arts & Creativity

How can arts organizations innovate while managing risk? Barr's senior program officer for Arts & Culture, San San Wong, reflects on an "electrifying panel" held earlier this fall at MIT's Media Lab—part of our Barr-Klarman Arts Capacity Building Initiative.

November 11, 2014 | Category: Arts & Creativity

New Webinar Offers 101 on Political Advocacy for Nonprofits

San San Wong

E. San San Wong

Director of Arts & Creativity

While the tax codes make it clear nonprofits can’t endorse or oppose specific candidates for office, or specific legislation, it turns out there is quite a lot they can and should do to advance their issues.

October 16, 2014 | Category: Cross-Program Initiatives

Why Not Go for Gold in Boston?

Mary Skelton Roberts

Mary Skelton Roberts

Co-Director of Climate

Over the last year, Barr has sponsored a study group of Boston transportation, development, and community leaders to explore whether Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) could be viable here.

October 14, 2014 | Category: Climate