Barr Foundation Grants $9.1M to 16 Bay State Nonprofits

March 16, 2017 — The Barr Foundation, based in Boston, the largest private foundation in Massachusetts, recently announced that it has granted $9,137,000 to 16 Massachusetts nonprofits that focus on climate, education, nonprofit management, and arts and creativity.

The grants, the first to be awarded by the foundation in 2017, were made to the following organizations:
  • Boston Collegiate Charter School Foundation, Boston: $500,000 to support the “Capacity to Lead” capital campaign.

  • Boston Harbor Now, Boston: $400,000 in core support of its mission to realize the harbor's full potential, and $250,000 implement Climate Ready Boston recommendations for climate preparedness in Boston’s waterfront neighborhoods.

  • Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association, Boston: $750,000 to support the development of walkable urban places.

  • Conservation Law Foundation, Boston: $4.5 million to support a two-year campaign for the Transportation for Massachusetts Coalition to advance policies that modernize the transportation network, add capacity within MassDOT, and transition the state's transit system to one that is low-carbon.

  • EdVestors, Boston: $50,000 to build capacity within the creative youth development field to better measure and communicate impact.

  • Institute for Nonprofit Practice (INP), Needham: $600,000 to support a multi-year growth plan to deepen program quality and expand its New England reach to advance its goal to close the skill and diversity gap in nonprofit management. This is the largest grant received by INP since its founding 10 years ago.

  • LearnLaunch Institute, Boston: $7,000 to support the 2017 Across Boundaries conference in Boston.

  • Mothers Out Front, Boston: $200,000 to build a movement of mothers in the region working for clean energy and climate action.

  • NECEC Institute, Boston: $450,000 to expand clean energy in the region by informing policy and regulatory development and strategic communications, and $150,000 to conduct analysis of the economic benefits of renewable energy policies.

  • New England Blacks in Philanthropy, Boston: $75,000 to conduct the joint affinity group research project Giving Boston: Comparative Analysis of Minority and Women Philanthropic Giving.

  • Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Boston: $25,000 to include Climate Ready Boston maps in the Regions and Seasons: Mapping Climate through History exhibit.

  • Peabody Essex Museum, Salem: $130,000 to develop workable strategies, applying neuroscience principles to art museum experiences, by connecting museum staff with scientist advisors, building on research the museum has already conducted.

  • Raising a Reader Massachusetts, Boston: $200,000 in general operating support.

  • Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership, Boston: $600,000 to support redesign planning and partnerships for the High School of Commerce, one of the lowest-performing high schools in Springfield.

  • Third Sector New England, Boston: $100,000 to provide core support to Commonwealth Seminar and to build the seminar’s fundraising capacity.

  • WalkBoston, Boston: $150,000 to support local and national walking advocacy.