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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Barr Foundation Emphasizes Networks in Climate Change Report

The Barr Foundation believes Boston can become a national model for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and it is committed to helping the city do so. In 2013, the Barr Foundation ordered the report “A City at Work” to detail the Green Ribbon Commission's evolving efforts. The report emphasizes the foundation’s dedication to fighting climate change by building partnerships and networks across various stakeholder groups.
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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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