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

Closing the Racial Wealth Gap

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Jim Canales describes Barr’s initial grantmaking focused on racial wealth equity in Greater Boston.

June 16, 2022 | Category: Racial Wealth Equity

To Center Equity, We Must Learn Differently

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Yvonne Belanger

Director of Learning & Evaluation

Three practice shifts in how we learn alongside our grantee partners.

June 07, 2022 | Category: Learning and Evaluation

Six Questions with Barr's Mobility Program Officer

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Najah Casimir

Program Officer, Mobility

Through an interview with Jules Faña, Barr’s communications coordinator, Najah Casimir, our Mobility Program Officer, discusses what drives their work, lessons from past experiences that they’re applying to their current role, and their priorities at Barr.

June 01, 2022 | Category: Climate

New Tool Calculates Value of Public Benefits in Waterfront Projects

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Deanna Moran

Guest Author · Director of Environmental Planning, Conservation Law Foundation

Residents have never had a model or formula to estimate the value of public benefits – until now.

May 19, 2022 | Category: Boston Waterfront

Dismantling Racism is Everyone’s Work

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

The murders in Buffalo are, yet again, a call to action.

May 16, 2022 | Category: From the President

How School Leaders Prioritize Equity, Achievement, and Wellness - Even in Challenging Times

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Ben Klompus

Guest Author · Managing Director of Innovation and Impact, Relay Graduate School of Education

While the last two years have been challenging for all, some leaders have redoubled their focus on equity, achievement, and wellness in their classrooms. In a new series, Relay follows exceptional leaders from across the country to document and share their effective leadership strategies.

May 10, 2022 | Category: Education

Arts Help Communities Connect, Heal, Imagine

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Beth Francis

Guest Author · President and CEO, Essex County Community Foundation

Local partners across Massachusetts are addressing social issues.

April 28, 2022 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Planning with Purpose on Boston's Waterfront

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Jill Valdés Horwood

Director, Boston Waterfront Initiative

Three essential components to creating a waterfront all residents can access and benefit from.

April 20, 2022 | Category: Boston Waterfront

Reflections on Joining Barr in an All-Remote Context

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Mary Chalifour

Associate Director of Communications

Staff members share their experiences and takeaways.

April 13, 2022 | Category: Barr News

Leadership Development Programs Need an Upgrade: Five Ways to Advance Racial Equity

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Idalia Fernadez

Guest Author · Senior Director, Community Wealth Partners

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Lori Bartczak

Guest Author · Senior Director, Knowledge & Content, Community Wealth Partners

Promoting, retaining, and supporting BIPOC leadership within nonprofits is critical for driving systemic change.

April 07, 2022 | Category: Sector Effectiveness