Baird Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The Baird Foundation funds nonprofit organizations in the United States. While it supports nonprofits with an international reach, it only funds organizations working in 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."

Preferring to fund disease-related grantmaking more broadly, Baird does not maintain a dedicated disease program. Grant amounts typically range from $1,000 to $10,000. Past disease related grantees include the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association, the Cancer Community Center, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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, President


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