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

Board Time: Three Keys to Strategic Engagement

Jim Canales

James E. Canales

President & Trustee

Jim Canales contributes to a new blog series on effective foundation governance.

March 14, 2018 | Category: Sector Effectiveness

With More Control, Communities Choose Clean Energy

Darlene Lombos, the Executive Director of Community Labor United and Class of 2017 Barr Fellow, makes the case for Community Choice Energy as a tool for empowering communities and meeting climate goals.

March 13, 2018 | Category: Climate

The Transportation Dividend

Mary Skelton Roberts

Mary Skelton Roberts

Co-Director of Climate

New study quantifies the significant economic and quality-of-life benefits Greater Boston and Massachusetts enjoy thanks to investments in transportation.

March 06, 2018 | Category: Climate

10 Foundation Presidents Urge Preservation of Vital Federal Investments in Communities

Jim Canales

James E. Canales

President & Trustee

ArtPlace America and its foundation partners respond to the President’s 2019 Federal Budget Request that proposes cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts, among other federal agencies.

February 27, 2018 | Category: Arts & Creativity

What Does Climate Change Mean for Coastal Communities?

Emily Sidla

Emily Sidla

Program Associate, Climate

Erika Spanger Siegfried headshot

Erika Spanger-Siegfried

Guest Author · Senior Climate Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists

A conversation with Erika Spanger-Siegfried on findings from a landmark report on flood risks and adaptation strategies for coastal communities and the opportunities for climate resilience in Boston and beyond.

February 26, 2018 | Category: Climate

Luck is Not a Strategy for Climate Change

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

Mary Skelton Roberts

Mary Skelton Roberts

Co-Director of Climate

Last month's Nor'easter was an urgent reminder of the work still left to be done to prepare Boston for climate change.

February 08, 2018 | Category: Climate

What Are My Options for Boston Schools?

Kate Dobin

Kate Dobin

Senior Program Officer, Education

New website profiles every school in Boston, giving parents easy access to the information they care about most.

February 05, 2018 | Category: Education

Creative Commonwealth

Jim Canales

James E. Canales

President & Trustee

San San Wong

E. San San Wong

Director of Arts & Creativity

In partnership with five community foundations, Barr launches new $3 million initiative to strengthen arts and creativity across Massachusetts.

January 30, 2018 | Category: Arts & Creativity

In a Funding Portfolio, Diversity Drives Impact

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

Five lessons from a partnership between the Barr Foundation and Community Labor United.

January 18, 2018 | Category: Climate

Barr’s New Climate Resilience Strategies

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

Mary Skelton Roberts

Mary Skelton Roberts

Co-Director of Climate

Climate Program Co-Directors Mariella Puerto and Mary Skelton Roberts outline the rationale, priorities, and early steps of the Foundation’s newly-expanded focus on resilience.

January 05, 2018 | Category: Climate