Baird Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Baird Foundation’s global development grants tend to focus on children and poverty alleviation efforts in least-developed countries.

IP TAKE: Baird awards modest grants to organizations both large and small, secular and non-secular.

PROFILE: Formerly known as the Robert W. Baird and Company Foundation, the Baird Foundation is a Wisconsin-based nonprofit that heavily emphasizes community-level giving, but also awards plenty of international grants. As a small to mid-size corporate funder, Baird prefers to award several small grants each year, rather than a handful of large awards. 

Grant amounts range from $25 to $25,000, which reflects a large discrepancy. The vast majority of grants, however, fall in the $1,000 to $10,000 range. Baird grants in the global development space do not appear to follow a specific pattern as far as priority areas of grantmaking interest are concerned. Recent tax filings suggest a slightly stronger focus on children and poverty alleviation efforts in least developed countries.

Baird awards grants to organizations both small and large. For example, Kiva and Save the Children are past Baird grantees, as are Helps International and Samaritan’s Feet. Grantseekers should note that the foundation also supports larger global health organizations such as Doctors Without Borders and Global Visions. However, it awards few global health related grants each year, typically fewer than five.

Baird keeps a low public profile, does not operate a website, and does not employ a formal staff. Neither does it accept unsolicited letters of application or requests for funding.


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Baird Foundation
777 E. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
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