Barr Foundation has garnered a final allocation of an all-time-high total of $73.5 million for 2016, with $28.5 million new grants. This wraps up the private foundation’s first year of carrying out new strategic outlooks.
Get To Know Barr Foundation
Barr is a private nonprofit organization based in Boston, Massachusetts that centers on programs like arts and creativity, climate, education and also some cross-program initiatives. The foundation aims to focus and engage on the national and regional level in order to work with other nonprofits, foundations, civic and business leaders, and of course, the public sector.
As one of the biggest private foundation in New England, with assets worth $1.6 billion as of December 2014, Barr works to invest in the potential of humans, our environment, and creative endeavors.
The efforts of the foundation have garnered a big leap this year. For the final set of allocation of 2016, Barr’s board of trustees have given their confirmation for the total amount of grants, which marked the foundation’s largest annual authorization in its history ever.
Arts and Creativity Program
Barr understands the importance of creativity in the communities. Through art and creativity, people are able to connect and engage with others and the world. And above all, with art, beauty is brought in people’s lives.
That is why Barr invests on “bold ideas and leaders,” to have a strong voice amid all the changes the world is facing today – the developing demographics, technological advancements, and progressing art forms. Through raising arts and empowering creative expression, Barr strives to engage and stimulate a compelling and thriving Massachusetts.
This year, Barr allocated $7.6 million in 14 grants with new partnerships that will aid the foundation in merging the arts’ planning and development for the community.
Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) will receive $1,525,000 in order to make arts a key factor in a civic plan that concerns education and training, project funding, policy work and more. The amount will be a bridge for many cities in the state to support many plans and developments.
Meanwhile, Worcester Cultural Coalition will get $1.1 million to kickstart fruition of the mentioned strategies along with WOOteria, a new collective art space in the state which is also a 300-seat black box theater.
In order to address climate change, Barr tackles on tapping plans and developments to alter our environment’s state. Through changing the way we use and generate energy and our ways of mobility, the foundation aims for Boston to be prepared for the rapid changes of the surroundings.
That is why $12 million is given to 12 funds this year. For Acadia Center and Conservation Law Foundation, $1.2 million will be allotted for the further development and policy analysis of clean energy. Better Future Project, Health Care Without Farm and the Environment America Research & Policy Center are also granted to support innovative ways of generating and using clean energy in the region.
To make a progress with Barr’s mobility goals, the Barr Foundation also assigned $455,000 to The Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC). This will pave way for transit-focused advancements in the cities while saving the environment.
Education Program and Cross-Program Initiatives
Barr also envisions to guide students in their success during and beyond high school and to reinforce the core values of the foundation in the region. For the education program, $13 million is assigned to 15 funds. More than just high school, Barr works on supporting the students into post-secondary education and even their future career options.
Roca will get $300,000 while College Bound Dorchester will receive $300,000. These amounts will be used to support underserved students. The former is focused on Boston’s high-risk young men who are part of Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Pay for Success Initiative while the latter is geared towards the at-risk youth and its programs.
Meanwhile, the cross-program initiatives are Barr’s efforts in reinforcing the strategies guiding the programs’ implementation in their region. With that $600,000 is allocated to four funds. An amount worth $450,000 will go into Massachusetts Nonprofit Network that is the key voice of the state’s nonprofit division while $100,000 is for connecting skilled volunteers with organizations through Social Innovation Forum (SIF).
Barr Foundation also gave grants to various partners and donating to other works such as Martin’s Park on Fort Port Channel which is made in memory of Martin Richard, one of the victims who lost his life during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
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