Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The Cameron and Jane Bird Foundation support a variety of disease-related organizations across the United States; however, it does not make a large number of such grants each year.

IP TAKE: This funder tends to support larger national diseases organizations rather than smaller local and community-based nonprofits working in this field.

PROFILE: The New York-based Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation was established in 1960. Cameron Baird was a former professor and chairman of the music department at the University of Buffalo and conductor of the Buffalo Oratorio Chorus. The foundation maintains a low public profile, does not operate a website and does not employ a formal, paid staff. As a result, little information is available. 

According to past tax filings, the Baird Foundation invests in the arts, music, education, social services, family planning, conservation, and civil rights. While the foundation does not name diseases as an area of grantmaking focus, its tax filings further indicate an interest.

Baird Foundation grants tend to vary widely in amount, ranging from $1,000 to $700,000 with most awards, however, falling in the $5,000 to $75,000 range. Past disease-related grantees include the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, which received general operating support for its services to people suffering from MS; and the American Cancer Society, which received funding for its breast cancer research program.  

The Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


  • Brian Baird, Trustee
  • Sarah Baird, Trustee
  • Bruce Baird, Trustee
  • Bridget Baird, Trustee
  • Bernd Senturia, Trustee
  • Peter Clauson, Trustee


Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation

726 Exchange Street

Buffalo, New York 14210

(716) 845-6000