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

Barr Announces $4.5 million in New Grants for “Doing High School Differently”

Leah Hamilton

Leah Hamilton

Director of Education

10 organizations from across New England gain support to plan and implement new school models to advance greater success for all students.

June 27, 2018 | Category: Education

Barr Awards $15.6 Million in Second Quarter of 2018

Grants include support for continued deployment of offshore wind power in the Northeast; deepening the business community’s engagement with public transportation investments; and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the nonprofit sector.

June 27, 2018 | Category: Barr News

Twenty-Five New England Leaders Named Creative Community Fellows

Headshot of Sunny Widmann

Sunny Widmann

Guest Author · Director, National Arts Strategies

New England has many talented artists and creative leaders whose work enlivens our communities and helps address social challenges. The Creative Community Fellows program creates a network of such leaders to foster collaboration, strengthen each other’s work, and deepen their impact.

June 21, 2018 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Far From the Day-to-Day, Boston Leaders Reflect, Connect

Kimberly Haskins

Kimberly Haskins

Senior Program Officer, Sector Effectiveness

Members of the 2017 class of Barr Fellows share about their ten-day learning journey to Rwanda.

June 13, 2018 | Category: Sector Effectiveness

“Typical” Isn’t Good Enough

Jim Canales

Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Roger Nozaki

Roger Nozaki

Vice President, Barr Foundation

We asked our grantees what it’s like to work with Barr. Here’s what we learned and what we’re doing about it.

June 12, 2018 | Category: Learning and Evaluation

A Message to Mayors: To Lead on Climate, Focus on Transportation

Mary Skelton Roberts

Mary Skelton Roberts

Co-Director of Climate

As mayors gather in Boston for an international summit on climate, Barr’s Mary Skelton Roberts makes the case for keeping mobility high on the agenda.

June 08, 2018 | Category: Climate

Kalila Barnett to Join Barr’s Climate Team

As Program Officer, Barnett will focus on grantmaking for Climate Resilience.

June 01, 2018 | Category: Climate

Supporting New England Communities Under Threat and Ensuring a Fair and Accurate 2020 Census Count

Jim Canales

Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Barr announces $3-million expansion of 2017 Special Initiative, including an open request for proposals to fund efforts throughout New England.

May 31, 2018 | Category: From the President

New Report Details Challenges Facing Boston’s Public High Schools

Leah Hamilton

Leah Hamilton

Director of Education

EY-Parthenon analysis details challenges facing public high school students who fall off track, and recommends five components of integrated approach to ensure high-quality for all.

May 24, 2018 | Category: Education

Five Lessons from Two Decades of Early Education Grantmaking

Kimberly Haskins

Kimberly Haskins

Senior Program Officer, Sector Effectiveness

Senior Program Officer Kimberly Haskins reflects on nearly 20 years of work focused on improving outcomes for Massachusetts’ youngest learners.

May 17, 2018 | Category: Education