Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERIVEW: The Cameron and Jane Bird Foundation funds a variety of global health and development nonprofits working around the world.

IP TAKE: This funder awards both project specific and general operating support grants. It does not award global development grants to organizations located outside of the United States. In addition, it does not operate a public web presence.

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 or 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 name global development as one of its main areas of grantmaking interest, its tax filings indicate strong support to related organizations.

Baird Foundation grants tend to vary widely in amount, ranging from $1,000 to $700,000; however, most grants range from $5,000 to $75,000. In the global development space, Baird awards grants to large international organizations such Oxfam, as well as smaller nonprofits, such as the Let There Be Light International, which received support for its solar light program in Africa.

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


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Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation

726 Exchange Street

Buffalo, New York 14210