About the Barr Foundation
The Barr Foundation’s mission is to invest in human, natural, and creative potential, serving as thoughtful stewards and catalysts. 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, advance solutions for climate change, and 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 $1 billion to charitable causes. For more information, visit barrfoundation.org or follow @BarrFdn.
The mission of the Barr Foundation is to invest in human, natural, and creative potential, serving as thoughtful stewards and catalysts.
Barr Foundation 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.
- Embrace risk
We pursue ambitious goals, which requires a comfort with the risk of failure.
- Demonstrate curiosity
We actively solicit new perspectives to inform our work and are committed to collaboration and partnership.