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

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

Lisette Le Named Director of Barr’s Racial Wealth Equity Initiative

Experienced nonprofit leader with deep roots in Greater Boston to lead new initiative that has already committed nearly $15 million to area nonprofits.

February 08, 2023 | Category: Barr News

Introducing Green Dash Northeast

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Kathryn Wright

Senior Program Officer, Clean Energy

New interactive tool showcases progress toward energy transition in the Northeast.

February 07, 2023 | Category: Climate

New Funding Opportunity to Transform the High School Experience

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Jenny Curtin

Director of Education

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Ali Gross

Program Officer, Education

Barr seeks proposals from teams of high school and system leaders who are ready to meet the moment.

February 01, 2023 | Category: Education

A Time to Embrace

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

The official unveiling of Boston’s newest public memorial – The Embrace – offers inspiration and hope for a New Year.

January 17, 2023 | Category: Racial Equity

Francisco Torres Shares His Perspective as a New Member of the Arts & Creativity Team

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Francisco Torres

Program Officer, Arts & Creativity

Francisco Torres recently joined the Barr Foundation as Arts & Creativity Program Officer. A city planner by training, Francisco describes how the arts influenced his career and work in philanthropy.

January 09, 2023 | Category: Arts & Creativity