Baird Foundation: Grants for Animals and Wildlife

OVERVIEW: The Baird Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in the United States. While it funds organizations with a global reach, it does not contribute to organizations located beyond the United States.

IP TAKE: This corporate funder awards grants for general operating support rather than project specific support.

PROFILE: Established in Wisconsin in 1967, the Baird Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the financial services firm Robert W. Baird and Company. The foundation has a “[s]trong commitment to equality and opportunity for all and supports nonprofit organizations focusing on health, human services, the arts, and education." 

The foundation’s website indicates that it allocates 34 percent of its funding to health and human services, 28 percent to education, 11 percent to the arts and 27 percent to “other” which “Includes ethnic, religious, environmental and youth organizations.” While Baird does not have a grantmaking program specifically directed at animals and wildlife, its tax filings indicate its support of such organizations.

Grant amounts typically range from $1,000 to $10,000. Past animal and wildlife grantees include local humane societies such as the Arizona Humane Society as well as organizations such as Big Cat Habitat Gulf Coast Sanctuary and the International Owl Center.

The Baird Foundation supports organization in which its employees are actively engaged. It does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


  • Paul Purcell, Chairman

  • Audrey Warner, Presidentanima