Baird Foundation: Grants for Higher Education

OVERVIEW: The Baird Foundation broadly funds non-profits focused on health, education, arts, and diversity. It prioritizes organizations for which its employees volunteer or with which they have a relationship.

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 broadly supports nonprofit organizations focusing on health, human services, the arts, and education.

The foundation’s website, a few pages built out from Baird’s corporate website, does not name specific higher education grantmaking strategies, instead preferring to fund higher education-related grants more broadly. The foundation only indicates that it allocates 34% of its funding to health and human services, 28% to education, 11% to the arts and 27% to “other” initiatives which include “ethnic, religious, environmental and youth organizations.”

Grant amounts range from $1,000 to $10,000. Past higher education grantees include the LSU Alumni Association, the College Foundation of St. Francis Xavier, and Duke University. Given its foundation’s limited web presence, it is unclear what Baird seeks in its higher education grantmaking.

The Baird Foundation supports organization in which its employees are actively engaged. It does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.

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