An Apartment by the Train: Where Boston Funders Want Affordable Housing

When a poor neighborhood isn’t close to good transit, residents face one more obstacle to moving upward in the world. A collaborative backed by several big funders in Boston is targeting this problem.
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How Summer Brings Together Boston’s Biggest Foundations, Corporations, and Philanthropists

With kids out of the classroom and violent crime rates on the rise, summertime is perhaps the most important time for urban grantmaking. My Summer in the City is an initiative in Boston that's attracting a growing number of funders.
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How Six Local Art Colleges Are Using Barr Foundation Money to Collaborate More Closely

Six art schools will use a Barr grant to collaborate more closely with each other to host cross-institution workshops and exercises. This means trumpet majors can take jazz dance classes and painting majors can explore the world of architecture for the first time, giving students a broader perspective about the purpose and application of art in the modern world.
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Barr Foundation Gives Big To Reduce Dropout Rates in Boston Public Schools

To prevent student dropouts, the Barr Foundation is giving big to City Connects' efforts in Boston Public Schools. The foundation announced a $1.4 million three-year grant to City Connect, a student support program that sets students up with tailored sets of prevention, intervention, and enrichment services. Barr's grant will fund programs in 18 Boston Public Schools.
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School Equity Champion to Leave Barr Foundation

After about a year as director of education at the Barr Foundation, Wendy Puriefoy, longtime national and regional leader in public education reform and school equity, plans to leave the foundation in February. The announcement comes on the heels of another big change at Barr, the recent hiring of a new executive director.

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Why a Lifelong Californian is Taking the Helm at Boston's Barr Foundation

After 20 years at one of California’s biggest state funders, and active involvement in the local nonprofit scene, why exactly would Jim Canales ship all the way out to Boston to take over a smaller foundation? And why would Barr tap a lifelong Californian to take over the historically Massachusetts-focused foundation? Big plans are afoot.

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Barr Foundation Gives Big for Youth Arts

Not only is the Barr Foundation supporting Boston's rich arts culture, it's safeguarding it for future generations. Instead of hand-picking a few youth arts programs here and there, the philanthropic bigwig announced a massive grant program that will benefit fifteen youth arts programs in the city of Boston. Consequently, the Boston Children's Chorus and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra are two of the fortunate organizations reaping the benefits this year.

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Get the D.L. on Hostetters' Five-Year, $50 Million Climate Grants

There were plenty of reasons why Barbara and Amos Hostetter were named the city's top philanthropists by Boston Magazine, considering how long they've been active in the city's philanthropic universe. But one initiative — their $50 million commitment to addressing climate change here — certainly helped solidify the No. 1 ranking.

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