Based in Boston, the Barr Foundation focuses regionally, and selectively engages nationally, working in partnership with nonprofits, foundations, the public sector, and civic business leaders to elevate the arts for vibrant, vital, and engaged communities; advance solutions for climate change; and expand educational opportunity. With assets of $1.6 billion, Barr is among the largest private foundations in New England and has contributed more than $710 million to charitable causes since 1999.
Barr had the following videos created as a legacy for some of its international grantees at the end of a five-year program in which Barr funded non-profit organizations globally.
NGOs in Africa:
NGOs in Haiti:
Mercy Corps is working in more than 40 countries to help people recover from disasters, build stronger communities and find their own solutions to poverty. The agency consistently ranks as one of Americaâ€™s most effective and efficient charitable organizations. Over the last five years, more than 87 percent of resources have been allocated directly to programs that help families turn crisis into opportunity in some of the worldâ€™s toughest places. Mercy Corps launched a long-term project in the Matheux Corridor in Haiti to incentivize local farmers to conserve the environment by providing access to banking credits. What is unique about this program is that it will be self-sustaining beyond its Mercy Corps funding as the farmers learn to fund their own credit system.
FoProBiM, founded in 1992, is one of Haitiâ€™s oldest environmental organizations. Its work is rooted in a simple philosophy: â€śnever to impose, but to proposeâ€ť; to search for solutions together, and to work together to achieve them. FoProBiM seeks to create ways people can learn how marine and coastal environments are negatively impacted by human activities, at the same time as they develop and implement solutions to those challenges. One area of focus is Haitiâ€™s mangrove forests.
REST was founded in 1978 as an organization providing relief efforts to civilians during the civil war in Tigray, Ethiopia, Ethiopiaâ€™s northern most region. Today, REST provides integrated programs including natural resource management, water conservation and irrigation, livelihood from farming to livestock, education and health. It is an Ethiopian run organization with more than 1200 in staff and serves more than 2.2 million people in Tigray.
Komaza is a social enterprise creating sustainable economic opportunities for farmers living in Africaâ€™s semi-arid regions. Working through village-based field staff, Komaza partners with families to help them plant and maintain small-scale, income-generating tree farms. Komaza calls it microforestry.
Over a span of seven years, Living Goods has developed and scaled a model for improving health in rural Africa. The organization trains and supports networks of entrepreneurs who go door to door to deliver health products and education to the poor in their communities.
D-tree International develops clinical health protocols for health workers in low and middle income countries which are delivered via mobile devices.