Grants celebrate Purcell’s legacy and commitment to education

Paul Purcell "Kids Win!" Annual Baird Education GrantMILWAUKEE, May 7, 2024 Baird announced today that 18 nonprofits across the country were the recipients of the 2024 Paul Purcell “Kids Win!” Annual Baird Education Grants, totaling more than $1.6 million. The nonprofits are based in 11 cities, including Baltimore, Chicago, Charleston, Milwaukee and Seattle, among others. Funded by Baird, Baird Foundation and Baird associates, the international, employee-owned financial services firm established the Paul Purcell “Kids Win!” Annual Baird Education Grant to honor former Chairman & CEO Paul Purcell, who passed away in February 2020.

“It’s a privilege to continue Paul’s tremendous legacy by awarding these grants in his honor,” said Steve Booth, Baird Chairman & CEO. “These remarkable organizations have the power to change the trajectory of kids’ lives from early childhood through their pursuit of higher education. Baird is proud to support their locally administered, high quality educational programming helping more underserved kids win in their communities.”

2024 Paul Purcell “Kids Win!” Annual Baird Education Grant Recipients:

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Baird’s commitment to the community

Baird has a long tradition of giving back to the community and the dedication to making a positive contribution is integral to the firm’s culture and The Baird Way. Baird Foundation supports nonprofit organizations aligned with its focus on health and human services, education, the arts, and diversity, which share Baird’s strong commitment to equality and opportunity for all. In 2022, Baird Foundation contributed more than $5.4 million to qualified nonprofits, including more than $3 million to match our associates’ charitable donations. Through the Baird Cares program, associates receive two paid days off each year to volunteer for the charity of their choice. Associates also organize an annual Baird Gives Back event during which associates, family members and friends volunteer in more than 100 Baird locations worldwide.

About Baird

Putting clients first since 1919, Baird is an employee-owned, international wealth management, asset management, investment banking/capital markets and private equity firm with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Baird has approximately 5,100 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients and more than $430 billion in client assets as of December 31, 2023. Committed to being a great workplace, Baird ranked No. 34 on the 2024 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list – its 21st consecutive year on the list. Baird is the marketing name of Baird Financial Group. Baird’s principal operating subsidiaries are Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated and Baird Trust Company in the United States and Robert W. Baird Group Ltd. in Europe. Baird also has an operating subsidiary in Asia supporting Baird’s investment banking and private equity operations. For more information, please visit Baird’s website at

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