The Helen Bader Foundation has been helping organizations change lives by
awarding grants since 1992.

A Message from Daniel J. Bader

President/CEO, Helen Bader Foundation

Throughout her life, Helen Bader brought a generous, joyous spirit to her personal giving. From families facing dementia, to individuals looking for a way out of poverty, she saw their human potential and wanted to ensure that those in need could rely on strong community organizations that could help them enhance their lives.

When we opened the doors to the Foundation in January 1992, we knew we wanted our giving to reflect that spirit. Now, a bit more than two decades later, we have reached a major milestone on the way to living out my mother’s legacy.

This fall, our Board of Directors is awarding grants of more than $7 million, bringing our investment in people and programs to more than $250 million overall. Looking back over the past two decades, I am simply amazed to see the accumulated impact of that commitment to people.

Over the years, we have learned that you only see results in people when you invest in people. Making progress on challenging social issues is only possible because of the strength of a diversity of tools and partners: more than 6,200 grants and 39 Program Related Investments supporting thousands of nonprofits, government entities, and the occasional for-profit venture that furthers our mission.

Financial resources are critical, of course, but they are only one way we approach in making lasting change. As countless meetings, workshops, conferences, and other gatherings can attest, it involves the open exchange of ideas and collaboration among various stakeholders, and it takes patience to ensure that we can sustain lasting impact. 

Since opening the Helen Bader Foundation that winter day, we have seen the power of working together, listening carefully, and building on what works. For the benefit of all the communities we and our partners aim to serve across the world, we all want to ensure that they can have a collective impact for years to come. 


Daniel J. Bader