Baird Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERIVEW: The Cameron and Jane Bird Foundation invests in a variety of disease-related organizations across the country; however, it does not make many 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: Established in 1960, the Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation is located in New York. Cameron Baird was a former professor and chairman of the music department at the University of Buffalo. He also served there as 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. However, areas of grantmaking interest for the Baird Foundation include the arts, music, education, social services, family planning, conservation, and civil rights.

While the foundation does not specifically name diseases as an area of grantmaking focus, its tax filings indicate an interest in this particular philanthropic space. Rather than names specific priorities in this space, the foundation prefers a broad approach that considers proposals individually.

Baird Foundation grants tend to vary widely and range from $1,000 to $700,000; most awards range between $5,000 to $75,000. 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.


  • Paul Purcell, Chairman
  • Audrey Warner, President