Baird Foundation: Grants for Mental Health

OVERVIEW: The Baird Foundation awards grants to mental health organizations across the United Sates.

IP TAKE: While this corporate funder supports nonprofit 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, education and diversity.”

The foundation’s website indicates that it allocates 34 percent of its funding towards health and human services grantmaking. While Baird does not indicate mental health as a specific funding priority, tax forms reveal this space as an area of interest. As a result, it appears it funds mental health more broadly.

Grant amounts typically range from $1,000 to $10,000. Past mental health grantees include the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Alliance on Mental Illness of Racine County. Both organizations received general operating support grants from Baird.

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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