Join Professor Joel Fleishman and Jim Canales and Barbara Hostetter of the Barr Foundation for the fourth in our series of Foundation Impact Research Group seminars.
Based in Boston, the Barr Foundation focuses regionally, and selectively engages nationally, working in partnership with nonprofits, foundations, the public sector, and civic and business leaders to elevate the arts and creative expression, to advance solutions for climate change, and to connect all students to success in high school and beyond. Founded in 1997, Barr now has assets of $1.7 billion, and has contributed more than $837 million to charitable causes.
Jim Canales was appointed president and trustee of the Barr Foundation in May 2014. Prior to joining Barr, he spent two decades in a variety of roles at The James Irvine Foundation in California, including president and chief executive officer from 2003 through 2014. Before working in philanthropy, Jim was a high school English teacher in San Francisco after earning a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in education from Stanford University. He maintains a broad range of volunteer engagements; he currently serves as a trustee of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and as a member of the Advisory Board for the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative. In 2015–2016, he co-chaired the Leadership Council of Boston Creates, the City’s cultural planning process.
Jim’s prior board involvement includes service as a Stanford University trustee from 2006 through 2015. He has served as chair of the boards of the College Futures Foundation, KQED Public Broadcasting, the Stanford Alumni Association, and Larkin Street Youth Services, and as vice chair of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. He is also a co-founder and former board chair of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. Jim’s writing on a range of topics has appeared in The Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and The Huffington Post, among other outlets.
Barbara Hostetter is co-founder and chair of the Board of Trustees of the Barr Foundation. She served as the Foundation’s president from its inception through 2014, managing its early grantmaking, overseeing organizational development, and shaping grantmaking strategies. Barbara also chairs the board of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where she served as president of the board for 10 years. During that time, she co-chaired a major capital campaign that grew the Museum’s endowment and financed its preservation and expansion project.
Barbara serves on the boards of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and as a member of the Arts Advisory Council for the Boston Public Schools, the Council of Advisors for Historic Boston, Inc., and the Friends Council for Friends of the Public Garden. She was also appointed by Governor Romney as a founding member of the Stewardship Council for the Department of Conservation and Recreation.