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

A Milestone Year

Jim Canales

James E. Canales

President and Trustee

Jim Canales shares highlights from the first year under Barr’s new strategies and announces increased grantmaking for 2017.

December 14, 2016 | Category: From the President

Barr Foundation Announces $28.5 Million in New Grants

Trevor Pollack

Trevor Pollack

Manager of Special Projects

Final grants of the year bring 2016 total to an all-time high of $73.5 million.

December 08, 2016 | Category: Barr News

Four Lessons of Climate Leadership from Northern Europe

Boston Green Ribbon Commission Director Amy Longsworth shares key insights from a recent trip by Massachusetts leaders to learn from cities that are enhancing quality of life, building resilience to climate change, and boosting their economies through clean energy.

December 07, 2016 | Category: Climate

Registration Open for Online Info Session on New Education RFP

Jenny Curtin

Jenny Curtin

Senior Program Officer, Education

Join us December 12 to learn more and ask questions about our newly-released request for proposals for innovative schools and programs for students off track to high school graduation in New England.

December 01, 2016 | Category: Education

King Tides Preview Rising Seas

Jim Canales

James E. Canales

President and Trustee

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.

November 21, 2016 | Category: Climate

Frame Shift. Then Power Shift.

Elena Letona

Elena Letona

Guest Author · Executive Director, Neighbor to Neighbor

Elena Letona, executive director of Neighbor to Neighbor (and a 2005 Barr Fellow), shares lessons learned from an old, industrial city in western Massachusetts, where community members, labor groups, elected officials, and others found common cause in a winning effort to go from “coal to sol!”

November 17, 2016 | Category: Climate

Barr Seeks Proposals from Innovative Schools and Programs

Leah Hamilton

Leah Hamilton

Director of Education

Foundation issues RFP for planning and design of schools and programs in New England focused on connecting students off track to graduation to success in high school and beyond.

November 14, 2016 | Category: Education

The Promise of Integrated Water Transportation in Boston

Jim Canales

James E. Canales

President and Trustee

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.

November 04, 2016 | Category: From the President

The Future of Electricity in the Northeast

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Senior Program Officer, Climate (Program Lead, Clean Energy)

New report and video explore rapidly evolving clean energy opportunities and challenges facing the region.

November 03, 2016 | Category: Climate

Successes in Philanthropy: Activating Civic Leadership

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Senior Program Officer, Climate (Program Lead, Clean Energy)

How Boston’s Green Ribbon Commission is helping the city meet ambitious goals to fight climate change.

November 01, 2016 | Category: Climate