Baird Foundation: Grants for Higher Education

OVERVIEW: The Baird Foundation supports higher education institutions across the country.

IP TAKE: The corporate funder supports nonprofit organizations in the United States. While it supports organizations with a global reach, it does not contribute to those located outside of the U.S.

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.”

Grant amounts typically range from $1,000 to $10,000. Past higher education institutions that have received support from Baird in the past include the LSU Alumni Association, the College Foundation of St. Francis Xavier, and Duke University.  

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