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

Smarter Ways to Use Data for Student-Centered Schools

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Elana Karopkin-Gold

Senior Strategist, Springpoint

Springpoint, a key partner in Barr’s Engage New England Initiative, reflects on three obstacles and three solutions for schools that want to more effectively use data to understand their students, and to design schools that are tailored to those needs, and that continuously adapt and improve.

March 14, 2019 | Category: Education

Massachusetts Becomes First in the Nation to Put Batteries into Efficiency Plan

Massachusetts' new energy efficiency program adds batteries to the mix. Clean Energy Group's project director breaks down the new policy and next steps.

March 12, 2019 | Category: Climate

Bold Aspirations for Boston’s Future

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Highlights from a recent event at WBUR’s CitySpace, Boston’s newest home for civic discourse.

February 28, 2019 | Category: From the President

An Artist Walks into a Planning Agency

Reflections from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council's first Artist-in-Residence at the conclusion of her 18-month residency.

February 20, 2019 | Category: Arts & Creativity

One Risk That Led to Another

The final installment in a series of seven profiles featuring stories from Greater Boston arts organizations that received special funding to pursue an artistic risk.

February 12, 2019 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Shanna Cleveland to Join Barr’s Climate Team

Cleveland brings extensive experience as an attorney and climate advocate to Barr’s Clean Energy portfolio.

February 08, 2019 | Category: Barr News

Barr Foundation Extends Commitment to Boston Waterfront

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

With opportunity to build on progress and advance an ambitious vision, foundation launches search for full-time director of its waterfront initiative.

February 07, 2019 | Category: Special Initiatives

A Time for Aspiration

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Amidst turbulent times and daunting challenges, we all must commit to greater ambition, bolder action, and impatience with the status quo.

January 30, 2019 | Category: From the President

It's Time to Transform Transportation in Massachusetts

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Mary Skelton Roberts

Co-Director of Climate

At the end of 2018, Massachusetts released a bold vision for the future of transportation in the Commonwealth. To make that vision a reality, it’s our move.

January 28, 2019 | Category: Climate

A Risk that Expanded the Boundaries of Excellence

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Maure Aronson

Executive Director, World Music/CRASHarts

Sixth in a new series featuring stories from Greater Boston arts organizations that received special funding to pursue an artistic risk.

January 22, 2019 | Category: Arts & Creativity