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

From the President – Fall 2014

Jim Canales

James E. Canales

President & Trustee

For us at the Barr Foundation, this past summer has provided an opportunity to give greater definition to the values that guide Barr’s philanthropy.

October 06, 2014 | Category: From the President

Strategic Communications at Barr

Jim Canales

James E. Canales

President & Trustee

Exploring how Barr can more fully leverage communications to advance its mission.

September 22, 2014 | Category: Barr News

Barr’s Rahn Dorsey Appointed Boston’s First Chief of Education

Jim Canales

James E. Canales

President & Trustee

Our colleague Rahn Dorsey has been appointed by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh to his cabinet as the City’s first chief of education.

September 02, 2014 | Category: Education

A New Approach to Scaling High-Quality Pre-Kindergarten

Kimberly Haskins

Kimberly Haskins

Senior Program Officer, Cross-Program Initiatives

Building on its highly successful pre-kindergarten program, Boston Public Schools (BPS) has teamed up with community-based early care and education centers providing preschool programs to share what has worked well and to test a new way to expand access to high-quality early education.

August 27, 2014 | Category: Education

Staffing Updates at the Barr Foundation

Jim Canales

James E. Canales

President & Trustee

Announcement and discussion of changes taking effect this month at the Barr Foundation.

August 04, 2014 | Category: Barr News

Empty seats? Don't (just) look to your marketing department.

At a recent gathering of Boston arts leaders, researcher Alan Brown challenged participants to consider a new way to understand and make progress on a persistent challenge: how to build demand and diversify audiences for the arts.

August 04, 2014 | Category: Arts & Creativity

From the President – July 2014

Jim Canales

James E. Canales

President & Trustee

After his first two months at Barr, President Jim Canales shares what he’s been learning and some key themes to guide us on the road ahead.

July 22, 2014 | Category: From the President

Time to Reset Philanthropy’s “Default Settings”

Jim Canales

James E. Canales

President & Trustee

In philanthropy, we too often obsess about strategy without attending to one of the things that puts strategy most at risk: culture.

July 15, 2014 | Category: Cross-Program Initiatives

Building on What's Working in Early Education in Boston

Kimberly Haskins

Kimberly Haskins

Senior Program Officer, Cross-Program Initiatives

Ambitious goals and new developments set to expand and build on successful efforts to provide high-quality pre-kindergarten programs in Boston.

July 15, 2014 | Category: Education

Strategies for Children Recognized for Statewide Advocacy Work

Kimberly Haskins

Kimberly Haskins

Senior Program Officer, Cross-Program Initiatives

The Barr Foundation congratulates its long-time grantee Strategies for Children on receiving the 2014 Excellence in Advocacy Award from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.

July 02, 2014 | Category: Education