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

Rewriting the Playbook on How we Get Around

As Boston prepares for a citywide visioning process on the future of mobility, one Barr grantee has been priming the pump with bold ideas and new thinking about what a world-class transportation network might look like.

June 18, 2014 | Category: Climate

A Broader View of Community Transformation

Mary Skelton Roberts

Mary Skelton Roberts

Co-Director of Climate

To the benefit of the communities they serve, many nonprofits take a broader view of their work than their funders.

June 13, 2014 | Category: Climate

Artists and a World out of Balance

Lauren Woody

Guest Author · Former Program Assistant

Boston becomes creative home base for award-winning playwright, poet, author, and actor, Daniel Beaty in his work that uses storytelling for individual and community transformation.

May 20, 2014 | Category: Arts & Creativity

From the President

Jim Canales

James E. Canales

President & Trustee

A first message from Barr’s new president and trustee, Jim Canales.

May 12, 2014 | Category: From the President

Helping the Green Economy Work for All

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

If we care about equity, we ignore climate change at our peril. Climate change is an inequity expander and accelerator. But it doesn't have to be. The Green Justice Coalition, a Barr grantee, has been showing the way to meet both climate and equity goals.

May 09, 2014 | Category: Climate

A Word of Thanks to a Gifted Leader

Barbara Hostetter

Barbara W. Hostetter

Co-founder and Chair

Barr's trustees offer their appreciation to Melinda Marble as she concludes her term as interim executive director.

April 28, 2014 | Category: Barr News

New Report Raises Stakes for Education in Massachusetts

Marcos Popovich

Marcos Lucio Popovich

Guest Author · Program Fellow, Education

A new project from the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy sets out to provide an annual review of student progress and proficiency to inform education leaders and policy makers about what we are doing well and where we need to improve.

April 14, 2014 | Category: Education

The Tyranny of School Fees

Heiner Baumann

Heiner Baumann

Guest Author · Former Director of Global Programs

A recent site visit with two Barr Global grantees in Eastern Africa left me reassured about their progress towards outcomes, but troubled by other persistent challenges facing the rural poor.

April 07, 2014 | Category: Global

A Wonk-Free Secret to Great Placemaking

Is the secret of a great place the proper placement of its streetlights? The font choice and color scheme of its signage? Its WalkScore? Or something else entirely?

March 27, 2014 | Category: Climate

New Study Finds Massachusetts Climate Policy Yields Economic Gains for State

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

A new report released this week by the Boston-based Analysis Group summarizes the significant benefits to Massachusetts of its signature climate and energy policy – the Green Communities Act of 2008.

March 05, 2014 | Category: Climate