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

What does it look like to center equity in HR?

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Irina Cortez

Guest Author · Managing Director of Talent + Culture, Vote Solar

Irina Cortez, Managing Director of Talent and Culture at Vote Solar on hiring, compensation, and advancement.

June 28, 2023 | Category: Climate

Barr Foundation Awards $13.7 Million in Second Quarter of 2023

New grants will elevate community voice to advance excellence and equity in New England public high schools; support efforts to address extreme heat in Greater Boston; and make Massachusetts public spaces more inclusive through artist-led projects.

June 22, 2023 | Category: Barr News

A Learning Journey to Alabama

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Barr’s president describes a recent staff trip to Alabama.

June 20, 2023 | Category: From the President

Tracy Palandjian Appointed Barr Foundation Trustee

CEO and Co-Founder of Social Finance will join as trustee September 1, expanding Barr’s board to nine members.

June 14, 2023 | Category: Barr News

Change from the Inside Out

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SueEllen Kroll

Senior Program Officer, Arts & Creativity

What does prioritizing racial equity in an arts organization look like? A new series shares stories and reflections from Barr partners.

June 12, 2023 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Current Openings

Interested in working at Barr? Learn more about our current job openings and apply.

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

Senior 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