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

Current Openings

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May 03, 2023 | Category: Job Openings

Arts Engage People in Bettering the Places They Love

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Beth Francis

Guest Author · President and CEO, Essex County Community Foundation

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Emily Bronson

Guest Author · Senior Community Engagement Officer, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

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Karen Ristuben

Guest Author · Program Director, Creative County Initiative , Essex County Community Foundation

Leaders from two Massachusetts community foundations on how arts and creativity enrich civic life.

May 02, 2023 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Moving from Vision to Practice with School Transformation

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Ali Gross

Program Officer, Education

An update on the nine communities in a Portrait of a Graduate cohort as they make their plans a reality.

April 20, 2023 | Category: Education

High Hopes for State's New Charitable Deduction

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Rory Neuner

Learning Officer

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Jim Klocke

Chief Executive Officer, Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

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Yi-Chin Chen

Guest Author · Executive Director, Friends of the Children–Boston

A conversation with Massachusetts nonprofit leaders on the vital importance of giving by individuals and the opportunity this new law opens for the nonprofit sector.

April 12, 2023 | Category: Sector Effectiveness

Jamilah Bradshaw Shares Perspective as a New Arts & Creativity Program Officer

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Jamilah Bradshaw

Program Officer, Arts & Creativity

Jamilah Bradshaw joined the Barr Foundation in July 2022, bringing experience as a social justice leader to the Foundation. In this conversation, she shares the perspectives she brings to this new role.

April 05, 2023 | Category: Arts & Creativity

How Ready is Greater Boston for Climate Change?

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Kalila Barnett

Senior Program Officer, Climate Resilience

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Stefani Harrison

Guest Author · Senior Associate, Water Planning Engineer, Stantec

Barr’s recent climate resilience survey reveals climate progress and greater climate awareness in Greater Boston, with room for advancement.

March 22, 2023 | Category: Climate

Barr Awards $20.9 Million in First Quarter of 2023

Grants will support local arts leaders to advance racial equity in Boston, new partnerships for climate resilience planning, and expanded programming to transform school experiences for Boston-area students.

March 20, 2023 | Category: Barr News

Learning to Support Equitable School Transformation

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Kyra Caspary, PhD

Guest Author · Senior Principal Researcher, SRI Education

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Miya Warner, PhD

Guest Author · Senior Principal Researcher, SRI Education

Barr evaluation partners from SRI Education share three insights on what it takes to design for and support whole school change.

March 16, 2023 | Category: Education

New Tactics. Same Commitment to Community and Mission-Driven Communications.

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Mary Chalifour

Associate Director of Communications

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Cecilia Hylton

Former Communications Manager


Stefan Lanfer

Director of Communications

Why we’re pushing pause on Twitter and focusing elsewhere.

February 21, 2023 | Category: Barr News

Welcoming New Barr Colleagues

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

President Jim Canales introduces new faces – and familiar faces in new places - at Barr.

February 15, 2023 | Category: Barr News