Our mission is to invest in human, natural, and creative potential, serving as thoughtful stewards and catalysts.
"We aspire to be both stewards and catalysts."
In all that we do, we focus on achieving impact as a constructive partner, willing to exercise leadership. Based in Boston, Barr focuses regionally, and selectively engages nationally, working in partnership with nonprofits, foundations, the public sector, and civic and business leaders to elevate the arts and creative expression, to advance solutions for climate change, and to connect all students to success in high school and beyond. Founded in 1997, Barr now has assets of $1.8 billion, and has contributed more than $911 million to charitable causes.
Our Core Values
We are guided by core values defined by our founders. These values are fundamental to who we are and what we believe constitutes effective philanthropy.
Strive for excellence
We aim for the highest standards of performance, integrity, and service in all dimensions of our work.
Invest in leaders
We support effective, visionary, and collaborative leaders, as they motivate others, drive change, and produce results.
Act with humility and modesty
We approach our activities with respect for our partners, an understanding that solutions reside with those we serve, and recognition of the privilege inherent in philanthropic work.
Adopt a long-term perspective
We take the long view, considering the implications of today’s decisions for future generations.
We pursue ambitious goals, which requires a comfort with the risk of failure.
We actively solicit new perspectives to inform our work and are committed to collaboration and partnership.
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Racial and Ethnic Diversity of Barr Staff
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We value diversity and inclusion in our workplace. Learn more about who we are and our staff demographics by visiting our GuideStar profile.