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

The Next Phase of Barr’s Racial Wealth Equity Initiative

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Lisette Le

Director, Racial Wealth Equity Initiative

Future grantmaking to focus on supporting partners advancing racial wealth equity through transforming systems, policy, and narratives

January 17, 2024 | Category: Racial Wealth Equity

When Foundation Strategies Evolve

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Roger Nozaki

Vice President for Strategy and Programs

Barr’s VP for strategy and programs talks about Barr’s approach to shaping and evolving strategy, centered on Barr’s values.

January 16, 2024 | Category: Learning and Evaluation

A Time to Be Steadfast

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

A 2024 New Year’s message from Jim Canales, Barr’s president

January 03, 2024 | Category: From the President

Five Questions with Barr's New VP of People and Talent

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Pam Jensen

Vice President, People and Talent

Pam Jensen shares what led her to Barr, how a commitment to racial equity impacts HR, and advice for job seekers in the social sector.

December 20, 2023 | Category: Barr News

Barr Awards $36.7 Million in Fourth Quarter Grants

New grants will help develop a community gathering space in Dorchester; cultivate youth leadership in the climate movement; and support efforts to expand diversity of Massachusetts’ educator workforce.

December 20, 2023 | Category: Barr News

Three Themes for Advancing Wealth Building and Racial Equity

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Lisette Le

Director, Racial Wealth Equity Initiative

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John Dello Russo

Program Associate, Special Initiatives

A series of listening sessions with leaders committed to building wealth highlight the importance of resilience, opportunity, and systems change.

December 19, 2023 | Category: Racial Wealth Equity

Three New Community Foundations Join “Creative Commonwealth” Partnership – Cambridge, Greater Lowell, and MetroWest

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E. San San Wong

Director of Arts & Creativity

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SueEllen Kroll

Senior Program Officer, Arts & Creativity

Expanded initiative now includes eight community foundations. Next three years to feature new and deepened investments, experiments, and learning to advance more equitable, vibrant, and sustainable arts and creativity in communities across Massachusetts.

November 15, 2023 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Barr Staffing Updates

Welcoming new additions to the Barr team and acknowledging colleagues assuming new responsibilities.

October 25, 2023 | Category: Barr News

Progress Report: Centering Racial Equity in Climate Grantmaking

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Mariella Puerto

Director of Climate

Barr’s Climate Director shares the story and learnings behind our ongoing work to advance a more diverse, inclusive, and equity-centered climate movement.

October 16, 2023 | Category: Climate

Embracing Risk and Adapting to Change During the Pandemic

How at the height of the pandemic, a Berkshire County arts organization defied the odds, expanding its services for people with disabilities.

October 03, 2023 | Category: Arts & Creativity