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In 1983, 11 years after the passing of his father, Mike established the foundation with money left by his mother, Ellen, when she sold her shares of the J.A. Baldwin Mfg. Company. Later changed to Baldwin Filters, the company was started in 1936 by Mike’s grandfather J.A. Baldwin and was later led by his father Theodore (Ted) Baldwin.

Since its inception, the Theodore G. Baldwin Foundation has awarded more than $5 million in grants to local nonprofits.

In 2019, the Baldwin family decided to dissolve their family’s private foundation, the Theodore G. Baldwin Foundation, and chose the Kearney Area Community Foundation (KACF) to manage its assets due to its longstanding ability to manage philanthropic efforts.  With that, the Ted Baldwin Donor Advised Fund was established, and by creating this donor advised fund the Baldwins have shifted the management, reporting, and oversight to KACF.

The Ted Baldwin Donor Advised Fund typically funds projects or programs in the Kearney area and surrounding communities. Grants are made to nonprofit, federally tax-exempt 501(c)(3) qualified organizations, or organizations delivering a project or program which have a fiscal relationship with a qualified charity.

  1. Review the Ted Baldwin Donor Advised Fund (TBDAF) Grant Guidelines to make sure your organization qualifies to be considered for a grant.

  2. Complete an online TBDAF Grant Application.  The online link is available by clicking the "APPLY" button below.  No grant proposals will be considered without an online application. The application opens August 1.

  3. All questions on the online application need to be answered.  Supporting documents are required (see guidelines). Please review your application thoroughly before it is submitted.  Spelling and grammar will be considered in the review process.

  4. Applications must be submitted online on or before September 30 no later than 11:59 p.m. If September 30 falls on a weekend, the deadline will be at 11:59 p.m. the following Monday. This is a firm deadline -- please do not call for an extension.

  5. Awards will be announced and granted in early December each year.

After reviewing the guidelines, if you would like to verify if your proposal or organization qualifies, or if you have any questions at all, please call (308) 237-3114.

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