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

Energievergnügen – the joy of (renewable) energy

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

Between 2010 and 2011, committed to building on three decades of solid progress on renewable energy and unnerved by Fukushima, the German parliament enacted a series of polices to shift its power sector away from fossil fuels and nuclear to 80% renewables by 2050.

July 09, 2013 | Category: Climate

Talk/Read/Succeed – Inspiration and Ideas from Springfield

Kimberly Haskins

Kimberly Haskins

Senior Program Officer, Cross-Program Initiatives

With an ambitious, citywide goal, what’s the right scale to get started? What target population is small enough that results are achievable and the impacts tangible? In Springfield, Massachusetts, it looks like the answer is 180 families.

June 27, 2013 | Category: Education

Training and Connecting the Next Generation of Nonprofit Leaders

Kimberly Haskins

Kimberly Haskins

Senior Program Officer, Cross-Program Initiatives

Barr supports organizations with strong track records of developing new and diverse leadership, like the Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership, which is now accepting applications for the 2013–2014 academic year.

June 24, 2013 | Category: Cross-Program Initiatives

Some Things Inspiring in the State of Denmark

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

Copenhagen is on track to become the world's first carbon neutral capital by 2025 – even while attracting 100,000 new residents. In June, Mariella Puerto, Barr Senior Program Officer, joined a group of US-based foundation staff to see firsthand how they were doing it.

June 20, 2013 | Category: Climate

Getting to "Whole Child Time"

Rahn Dorsey

Guest Author · Former Evaluation Director & Program Officer

What would it take to move beyond a school- and classroom-bound view of where learning and youth development actually happens – to explore more holistic approaches?

June 07, 2013 | Category: Education

A New Paradigm for Leadership Development

Stefan Lanfer

Stefan Lanfer

Director of Communications

What if, instead of barreling ahead, relentlessly focused on keeping their organizations afloat (until they burn out trying), effective nonprofit leaders started delegating more and more responsibility to staff—at once paving the way for a next generation of leaders and freeing themselves to think about their own leadership in more expansive ways?

May 24, 2013 | Category: Barr Fellows

Active, Healthy, Ready to Learn (and Fighting Climate Change) with Safe Routes to School

Mary Skelton Roberts

Mary Skelton Roberts

Co-Director of Climate

In 1969, about half of all American children walked or biked to school. Of those living within a mile from school, 87% walked or biked. Today, less than 15% do.

May 21, 2013 | Category: Climate

What if our great leaders became a great network?

Stefan Lanfer

Stefan Lanfer

Director of Communications

A new animation on the big ideas behind what The Boston Globe once called “a web of collaboration rippling through the nonprofit community with increasing effect.”

April 01, 2013 | Category: Barr Fellows

A Leadership Pipeline for Philanthropy

Kimberly Haskins

Kimberly Haskins

Senior Program Officer, Cross-Program Initiatives

Applications for the 2013–2014 Class of Proteus Diversity Fellows are now open. Learn more about this unique program dedicated to identifying, recruiting, and cultivating emerging practitioners of color who represent the next generation of leaders in philanthropy.

March 28, 2013 | Category: Cross-Program Initiatives

Finding the "just" in climate change

Mary Skelton Roberts

Mary Skelton Roberts

Co-Director of Climate

In all of its work, Barr is guided by a vision for a vibrant, just, and sustainable world, with hopeful futures for children. In Barr's climate change portfolio, the applications of "vibrant" and "sustainable" are clear—but articulating how this work is also about creating a more "just" world can be more elusive.

February 08, 2013 | Category: Climate