We aim to elevate the arts, advance solutions for climate change, and expand educational opportunity.

Barr’s work focuses on three areas: Arts & Creativity, Climate, and Education. This is complemented by grantmaking to strengthen New England’s social sector, and by targeted, time-limited Special Initiatives.

Arts & Creativity

The goal of our Arts & Creativity Program is to elevate the arts and enable creative expression to engage and inspire a dynamic, thriving Massachusetts.

More about the region's creative potential


The goal of our Climate Program is to mitigate, and help communities prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Learn about our Climate focus areas


The goal of our Education Program is to connect all students to success in and beyond high school.

Learn about our Education Program

Sector Effectiveness

To strengthen the social sector in New England, Barr's Sector Effectiveness grantmaking and activities focus on three goals: 1) Building more effective, inclusive leadership; 2) Improving decision-making on significant public issues; and 3) Bolstering core infrastructure for the social sector.

Learn more about Sector Effectiveness

Barr Fellowship

The Barr Fellowship celebrates exceptional leaders, investing in them and their organizations, and cultivating a network of civic leaders committed to Greater Boston.

Learn more and meet the 2017 Fellows

Special Initiatives

Targeted, time-limited support beyond our core programs.

Learn about our Special Initiatives