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Barr Foundation


Last profile update: 03/16/2018
Last grant data update: 11/28/2017

At A Glance

Barr Foundation

(formerly The Hostetter Foundation)

The Pilot House, Lewis Wharf

Boston, MA United States 02110

Telephone: (617) 854-3500


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor






Established in 1987 in MA - Founded by Amos B. Hostetter, Jr., a cable television pioneer and the founder of Continental Cablevision, which was acquired by MediaOne and is now a subsidiary of Comcast. He is currently the chairman of Pilot House Associates, LLC, a family investment office.

Purpose and Activities

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 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 $838 million to charitable causes.